SAN FRANCISCO (January 11, 2012) - Today San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) Board of Directors President Matt Carbone announced four recipients of the 2012 Heroes & Hearts Award - an award which recognizes exceptional community service. The heroes include Richard Coughlin, MD, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., Martha Ryan and Marlene Tran. They will be honored at the seventh-annual Heroes & Hearts Luncheon on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at AT&T Park. Tickets for the luncheon are available now by calling 415-206-4478 or visiting www.sfghf.net/hh.
"Each of this year's heroes is a community leader," says Carbone. "Honoring our local heroes for their compassion and dedication is one way San Francisco General Hospital Foundation aims to motivate others to create positive change in their own community."
The Heroes & Hearts Luncheon is an outgrowth of 2004's Hearts in San Francisco series - a city-wide art installation and fundraiser project. In addition to spotlighting exceptional community heroes at the February 9 luncheon, 14 new heart artworks will be displayed including six "table top" hearts that will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting SFGHF and its efforts to fund projects that enhance patient care and comfort at SFGH. Hearts in San Francisco artworks, combined with proceeds from Heroes & Hearts and the evening party Hearts After Dark (2006 - 2011), have raised nearly $7 million for SFGHF.
The Heroes & Hearts Luncheon takes place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at AT&T Park. Tickets for the luncheon are available now by calling 415-206-4478 or visiting www.sfghf.net/hh.
Event sponsors as of January 11, 2012 include Intel, Visa, Wells Fargo, Cummins West, Inc., Chevron Energy Solutions, McKesson Foundation, Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, San Francisco Giants, Macy's and PG&E. Media sponsors include KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco magazine and Where magazine.
For over 25 years, Marlene Tran has been working tirelessly as an advocate on many quality of life issues for the residents and communities in the Southeast sector of San Francisco. A resident of Visitacion Valley and a retired teacher of over 35 years in the San Francisco Unified School District and City College of San Francisco, she understands the challenges many families face in the City's Southeast neighborhoods. Starting in the late 1980s, she formed the Visitacion Valley Asian Alliance (VVAA) to help inform and empower the non-limited English speaking residents who were often targeted by crime. In addition to her surveys and VVAA monthly meetings, where she invited the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and other city departments and residents to participate, Tran used her multilingual skills to help bridge community communications at neighborhood meetings, SFPD, the courts, hospitals and schools.
In 2010, she helped to mobilize thousands of residents via the ethnic media to attend two City Hall meetings concerning the brutal killing of an elderly victim. Working with different City departments, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian Pacific American Community Center and other community leaders, the Community Ambassadors Program (CAP) was launched by the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. CAP employs a 12-member multiethnic and multilingual team to assist residents and provide a visible, non-law enforcement presence in busy transit and business corridors along the MUNI Third Street and #9 San Bruno bus routes. The Ambassadors serve as role models and provide residents with safety tips, safe passage, language assistance, and information on critical City services and programs such as 311, MUNI, Healthy SF, City ID Card, and language complaint procedures.
Although Tran's journey into community involvement started with neighborhood safety concerns, her on-going advocacy for educational programs, MUNI services, youth programs, job training, public parks and increased language access have earned residents' respect, media recognition and honors. On November 16, 2011, Mayor Lee presented Tran with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network in the presence of over 500 people at City Hall.
About San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is an independent not-for-profit corporation 501(c)(3) that provides fundraising support to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education and care for all at SFGH. The vital funding raised by SFGH Foundation allows SFGH to continue its long history of providing quality health care to San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Some of the programs funded wholly or in part by SFGH Foundation include the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center, ACE Unit (Acute Care for Elders), Institute for Global Orthopedics and Traumatology (IGOT), The Children's Fund, Women's Health Initiative, The Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), Cancer Awareness Resources Education (C.A.R.E.), Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center (BAPAC), and the Orthopedics Trauma Center of Excellence. For more information, please visit www.sfghf.net.