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Adventure Gala Raises More Than $400,000 for St. John's


Prestigious Event Honors Four Community Leaders with Lifetime Achievement Awards

The St. John’s Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic department of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard, is pleased to announce it raised more than $400,000 at its seventh “Adventure” fundraising gala held May 6th, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. All proceeds will fund expansion and modernization projects at SJPVH and SJRMC.

More than 600 community members attended the event which featured live and silent auctions, farm-to-table cuisine from renowned two-time James Beard award winning chef Bradley Ogden, and the honoring celebration of longtime community leaders and dedicated philanthropists Tom and Barbara Laubacher and Dr. Henry and Emma Montes who were recognized as recipients of the Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to members of the community for their contributions and volunteerism, commitment to society, and support of the charisma and values exemplified by Catherine McAuley. Mother Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831. She tirelessly gave of her time, talents, and sizable inheritance to those suffering from poverty, illness, and a lack of education.

Tom and Barbara Laubacher and Dr. Henry and Emma Montes have made lasting contributions to our community through “works of mercy,” sharing their time, talents, and resources and inspiring others to follow in their example.

The St. John’s Healthcare Foundation was established in 1985 to provide philanthropic support for building projects, equipment, and patient care services at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. For more information about supporting SJRMC or SJPVH please call (805) 988-2868.