Jim Hemig: SNMH Foundation’s Kimberly Parker 15 years of excellence
From time to time I like to commend people who provide something special within our community. I witnessed another special person last Saturday when my wife and I attended the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual Starry, Starry Night event.
For those not familiar, this is one of the best events, not only in our community, but anywhere I’ve traveled. Combine the beautiful Empire Mine State Park grounds, with historic buildings, green grass and mature pine trees; some of our area’s tastiest food from Antonio’s Catering; people dancing to amazing local band SoLS; telescopes pointed into a moonless sky full of stars; a dessert tent full of delectable delights and everyone in attendance dressed in white. This event has to be experienced to be appreciated. Writing about it doesn’t come close to describing the spectacle.
This is a fundraiser that supports our local hospital. A lot of folks work hard to pull this off. And I’m happy they do. Our hospital is not only one of the largest employers in the county but is also critical to the future success of our community. In simple terms, without a strong hospital, some people would not move here, retire here or choose to remain here.
No one knows this better than Kimberly Parker. Kimberly is the executive director of the SNMH Foundation and is responsible for the Starry, Starry Night event.
This is Kimberly’s 15th year at the foundation. In the last year and a half I’ve met some of this area’s best and brightest. Kimberly is among this elite group.
I joined Kimberly’s foundation board earlier this year. I have to say, I’ve never run across a stronger nonprofit board of directors. She has assembled an impressive group of community-minded people. But that’s not all.
For Kimberly’s 15 years, I’d like to share my top 15 list of Kimberly’s community contributions:
15. She was one of the first to invite me to lunch and welcome me to the community. She impressed me with her community-building agenda.
14. At the Center for the Arts annual meeting earlier this year, she gave a “Ted talk” type of presentation about the importance of, and opportunities for, nonprofits. She exhibited true leadership, held everyone’s attention and provided compelling information.
13. Kimberly is helping our Economic Resource Council pave the way for future growth in our community.
12. She was elected to the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors this year by her peers in the business community.
11. She was, and remains, instrumental in the development and success of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.
10. Kimberly was twice on the board of our local Center for Nonprofit Leadership. That organization helps develop and mentor nonprofits in Nevada County.
9. She was the president of the Nevada City 49er Rotary when I joined last year. She kept the meetings on track and set a high bar for my expectation of what a Rotarian and a Rotary president should do to provide community support.
8. Kimberly started the Martinis and a Movie event at the Del Oro Theatre. This great event is another fantastic fundraiser for the hospital foundation. If you have attended, you know what I mean. If not, you should come to the next one. But move fast. This event sells out quickly.
7. She has hosted and has been a speaker for many years at the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute. This leadership training program has provided community information to local business, nonprofit and government employees for many years. I attended the last session and, sure enough, Kimberly was right there explaining local health care to the class of 20-plus people.
6. She is also on the Hospice of the Foothills advisory board helping with input into this vital community organization.
5. Kimberly is the past chair of the Adult and Family Services Commission and served on the commission from July 2008 until April 2013, and she’s on the steering committee for the Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon (which is part of SNMHF).
4. She was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional in November 2003 at the National Philanthropy Day in Sacramento.
3. She is a strong supporter of the Friendship Club’s Power of the Purse event. The Friendship Club is an important organization helping at risk young woman in our community.
2. And, of course, the leadership she has provided for many years making the Starry, Starry Night event successful and entertaining.
1. Under Kimberly’s 15-year leadership, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised nearly $15 million toward equipment and services for our local hospital. Funds raised have supported the draw station in Penn Valley, the Cancer Center “Living Room” and garden, the Alzheimer’s Outreach Project, the state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center, Cardiology and Cardiac Rehab technology, the nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, Telemedicine technology, the Linear Accelerator in the Cancer Center, Breast Cancer care technology and free mammograms and diagnostic procedures, the Imaging for Life campaign for vital technology upgrades, and, most recently, funding for a new MRI machine and the Family Birthing Center.
Now you know why I’m impressed. If anyone wants to make a difference in their community, model yourself after Kimberly Parker.
To contact Publisher Jim Hemig, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4299.
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