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Community members honored for commitment to health care

Honoring the volunteers

n SNMHF Awards Recognition Reception

n 5:30 p.m. n Wednesday, April 24

n Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

It is free to attend and will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. RSVP is required by Tuesday, April 23. Please call 530-477-9700.

Every spring, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation honors individuals and businesses in our community that have demonstrated their commitment to furthering the mission of SNMHF and Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

This year’s SNMHF Awards Recognition Reception honorees include: Nevada County Law Enforcement’s Pink Patch Project, Paul Faahs, BriarPatch Food Co-Op, Judi Foy, and Edward Sylvester.

Volunteer Group of the Year

The Volunteer Group of the Year will be local law enforcement’s Pink Patch Project.

During the fall of 2018, Nevada City Police Department, Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol came together to sell pink patches from each entity (donated by Riebe’s Auto Parts) to raise funds for breast cancer.

The four agencies raised more than $11,500 and proudly sported the pink patches on their uniforms throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Business of the Year

BriarPatch Food Co-op will receive the Business of the Year award, in recognition of the organization’s ongoing support of SNMHF.

Some of the co-op’s contributions include (but are not limited to): donations of Luna Bars for the Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon; sponsorship of SNMHF’s community wellness classes; and donations of pumpkins for hospital employees to carve at Halloween.

BriarPatch also selected the BSM triathlon for their Cause of the Month and donated more than $2,500 to help provide breast cancer care and support at SNMH.

Volunteer of the Year

Paul Faahs – Coordinator of SNMHF’s Comfort Cuisine program – will be honored with the Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts in providing SNMH Cancer Center patients and their families with nutritious, ready-to-serve meals.

Faahs has loved cooking since he was 10 years old. He is self-taught, but has taken classes from James Beard, Marion Cunningham (of Fanny Farmer Cookbook fame), and local favorite Chef Peter Seleya of New Moon Café.

Humanitarian of the Year

Nevada County resident Judi Foy will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award for her international work in providing quality health care to global communities in need.

Through her work with Flying Doctors, Judi has taken 25 trips to Mexico as well as 13 additional international trips as a dental assistant. “I discovered years ago that my idea of a good time is combining a little adventure with being able to help people,” said Foy.

Curtis Grimes Perpetual Leadership

Edward Sylvester, current Board Chair for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and co-chair of the campaign to raise $2 million for the Hospital’s Emergency Department, will be awarded the Curtis Grimes Perpetual Leadership award.

This particular honor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding health care leadership like the leadership that Curtis Grimes – one of the founders of SNMHF – exemplified.

In addition to his service on the Hospital Board, Edward is also a liaison to the SNMHF Board of Directors.

Sylvester and his wife Bernadette (who is also an SNMH Auxiliary member) love to travel and have been to 109 countries. “I am an addicted traveler and photographer and some years back ran international marathons,” said Sylvester.

Please join SNMHF in honoring these individuals who have shared their generosity, time and talents to ensure our community has access to high-quality community healthcare.

For more information, call 530-477-9700 or visit

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