Posted in Make A Difference, April 1, 2010

During a festive March reception to celebrate its donors, the Tuality Healthcare Foundation singled out nine individuals and organizations who have contributed a combined total of more than $862,000 to the Foundation thus far.

One of the evening’s honorees, Erwin E. Ashenbrenner, was named to the Foundation’s “Heritage Society” for making a “lasting commitment to Tuality Healthcare through an estate or planned gift.”

Ashenbrenner was a local resident who passed away in 2009.  Members of his family received flowers as they accepted the honor on his behalf.  They included son Rick Ashenbrenner, and daughters Bonnie Ashenbrenner and Lila Ashenbrenner, who serves as chief of the Hillsboro Police Department.

Eight additional donors were inducted into the Foundation’s “Ivy League,” which acknowledges those who have given lifetime cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more.

The new Ivy League members include Adelsheim Vineyard, Chehalem, Elk Cove Vineyards, Erath Winery, Dr. Robert and Marilyn Hodson, Jack and Lynn Loacker, Panther Creek Cellars, and Bernie Kronberger representing Wells Fargo Bank.
All were noted for their ongoing support of ¡Salud!, the Foundation’s acclaimed program that provides access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.

“All of the evening’s honorees have demonstrated remarkable generosity and commitment to the health and well-being of local families and our community as a whole,” said Cece Clitheroe, director, Tuality Healthcare Foundation. “I wish to express our most sincere gratitude for their thoughtful support.”

Clitheroe said the honorees’ names have been added to the Foundation’s special “donor wall,” which is available for public view in the main lobby of Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.

The March 17 event, held at the Tuality Health Education Center, highlighted the season with spring colors and flowers, as attendees were treated to live music performed by Wade Kirtley and Thomas Gilberts, M.D., whose “day job” includes serving as Tuality Healthcare’s chief medical officer.

In addition to Clitheroe, reception presenters included Michael Egans, M.D., chairman of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation board of directors; and Dick Stenson, president & CEO, Tuality Healthcare.