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‘Winter Wonderland’ Nets $30K for Hospital Foundation

MARIPOSA – The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation raised over $30,000 on Jan. 11 at its Winter Wonderland fundraising dinner.

Proceeds from the successful event, according to Foundation officials, will help support scholarships for local students interested in pursuing an education in health care, purchase new hospital equipment and fund community education and other needs that arise for the current and new hospital.

Winter Wonderland attendees Ginger Clark and Beth Tomsick

More than 140 people, many dressed in “Mountain Formal Attire,” attended the fundraising event, which was held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Local community members, supporters of the hospital, doctors, nurses, and staff enjoyed social time while sipping champagne, mixed cocktails and eating hors d’oeuvres while tapping their feet and dancing to country and rock ‘n roll performed by Western Bound.

“The public response has been amazing,” said Foundation President Katrina Anderson. “We want it to be an annual event for our community, and it appears we are well on our way to that goal from the feedback I received from donors and attendees.”

“Mark your calendars for January 30, 2021,” Anderson added. “We would love to extend a huge thank you to all of the donors and attendees for not only making this a successful event but also a great party! ”

Dinesh Gywali, Paul Williams, Therese Williams and John Tomsick

Sponsors for the dinner included: Candy O’ Donel-Browne; Dr. Hamed; Dr. Gallant; Cindy Simonic; IBIS Health; Radiologica Inc; Matthew Matthiessen; Dr. Surinder Sandhu, MD; Vicky Johnson; Pioneer Market; Mariposa Gazette; Dr. Dizon; High Country Health Foods and Café; Dr. Smith; Air Methods; West America; Lolita Ensola; Cuningham Group; Ace Hardware; Vida; Merco; Mercy Ambulance; Dr. Forest; and Trent’s Styling for His and Her.

Silent auction donors were: The Alley; River Rock Inn; Epic Alpaca; Ace Hardware; Mountain Fitness; Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Art; Scott McGraff;1850 Restaurant; Auto Camp; Ballis Glass; Chocolate Soup; BB’s Catering; Dave Lombard; Tenaya Lodge; River Creek Golf Course; Mariposa Auto Body; Combs Printing; Pathos; and Costa Livos Olive Oil.

Guests dined on prime rib, asparagus, quinoa and a sweet selection of desserts — cheese cake, chocolate mouse and a cheese and fruit platter — all catered by Bernadette Davis and her catering team from John C. Fremont Hospital.

Fundraising activities during the evening also included a silent auction; auctioning doctors, a police officer and local partners for a dance; and matching funds by CEO Matthew Matthiessen for anyone donating one hundred dollars or more.

“The Foundation has been rebuilding itself over the last year and we are looking forward to partnering with the community to ensure the successful build and fill of a new hospital by 2030 to serve all of our needs here in our hometown,” said Anderson.

The Foundation is already planning next year’s Winter Wonderland gala, set for January 30, 2021.

To stay up to date on Foundation events and news, contact the Foundation office at 209-966-3631 xt 4007 or email therese.williams@jcf-hospital.com and join the newsletter list.

About John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation
The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation (JCFHF) is an autonomous, nonprofit, 501(c)(3), non-governmental organization. JCFHF was founded in 1980 to support the John C. Fremont Healthcare District (JCFHD) with the procurement and extension of financial aid toward the operation, maintenance, and modernization of District facilities, as well as to provide the greatest amount of healthcare services to the greatest number of people either served by the Healthcare District or residing within the jurisdiction of the District, and to carry on other charitable and educational activities and events associated with this goal as allowed by law. To fulfill this purpose, the Foundation is engaged in several activities:

  • Fun and exceptional fundraising events throughout the year.
  • A partnership with several entities to provide educational events promoting wellness.
  • Hospital and community grant-making to support local strategies promoting health, including equipment, scholarships, event sponsorship.
  • Assisting the District to raise necessary funding for the construction of a new hospital, required by California to meet current earthquake standards.


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