Ben Huber accepting philanthropy award

Honoring Leaders, Philanthropists

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation recognized four individuals in 2017 for their vision, guidance and support of the Foundation's endeavors by presenting them with awards during special ceremonies.

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Al and Patt Shaw

The couple received the award during Open That Bottle Night festivities in February, when they were recognized for their generous support of NorthBay's Dream of a Lifetime and Hospice & Bereavement programs, as well as their commitment over many years to be top sponsors of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. They also personally donated funds to purchase a Cuddle Cot for grieving parents who have lost newborns, and have generously supported the “We Honor Veterans” program's “Mission to Serve” component. “Mission to Serve” will provide scholarships and services for veterans who cannot afford hospice care during this, their last battle, explained Ed Lowe, executive director of Health at Home, Hospice and Bereavement.

Al and Patt were overwhelmed to learn they had been tapped for the award.

“What a great night for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement and what a special night for the Shaws,” Patt noted. “Thank you all so very, very much for letting us be part of the ever-growing NorthBay organization and family.”

Ben Huber

Longtime civic leader G. Ben Huber was recognized for his three decades of visionary stewardship to NorthBay Healthcare in December during a special event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the NorthBay Cancer Center, which opened in 1987. That was the same year that Huber joined NorthBay Healthcare Foundation's board of directors, where he embarked on a 30-year tenure of visionary leadership.

During this time, he served as director, vice-chair and chairman of various NorthBay Healthcare boards, overseeing development of NorthBay's neo-natal intensive care unit, NorthBay Cancer Center, NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs, as well as its stroke, heart and vascular and trauma programs.

Also during this time, the organization achieved the highly sought-after Magnet designation for Excellence in Nursing, and collaboration with Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The Spirit of Philanthropy award was first presented in 2016 to Heidi Y. Campini for the significant contributions she and her husband, Jim Lawrenz, made to NorthBay Healthcare Foundation through the years. Jim was president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation when he lost his battle with cancer in 2013.

Christine Franklin Award

Dolly Rivero-Mendieta

Dolly is a project/event coordinator at Genentech, a biotech firm that manufactures cancer drugs, among other things. A huge supporter of NorthBay Healthcare for many years, she was presented with the Christine Franklin Award during the 30th anniversary celebration for the NorthBay Cancer Center. For several years she organized Gententech's “Strike Out Cancer” fundraising campaign with the River Cats, and the collaboration raised more than $230,000 for the NorthBay Cancer Center. Funds have been used to assist patients in need and to enhance caregiving services, purchasing such things as wheelchairs, blanket warmers, vouchers for transportation and emergency housing, and for medications not covered by insurance or co-pays, among other things.

The Christine Franklin award recognizes those who have served as community role models in their support for women, health education and local programs. The award is named in honor of Christine Franklin, an avid NorthBay Guild volunteer who used her struggle with breast cancer to educate others about the importance of mammograms and healthcare. She lost her battle with the disease in June, 2011. The award, established after her death, has since been presented to Heidi Y. Campini, Elizabeth Fry, Tina Benedict, Wendy Wasserman-Kellogg, Bridgit Strachan and Pat Mendez.