11th Annual Sierra View Foundation Gala’s Dancing Stars raised over $50,000
for infant security.
Porterville, CA|September 17, 2017: Each year the Sierra View Foundation
hosts its largest fundraising event, the Annual Gala, to raise awareness
and improve technology available at Sierra View Medical Center. On Saturday,
September 16, the 11th Annual Sierra View Foundation Gala was the largest yet with nearly 500
in attendance to raise money for the local hospital.
After a unanimous decision by the Sierra View Foundation, all of the proceeds
from the event have been donated to aid SVMC in the purchasing of the
HUGS Infant Security system. To improve security for their smallest patients,
Sierra View plans to implement the computerized HUGS system which allows
for each newborn to receive an ankle monitor that alerts staff to their
location if they are moved from the Family Birthing Center and tracks
health factors immediately after birth.
“This year’s Gala was historic in proportions and it was a
great time,” said SV Foundation Chairman, Dennis Townsend. “We’re
looking forward to turning in all of the money that was raised tonight
to Sierra View Medical Center and seeing the HUGS system come to Porterville.
We’re also extremely grateful for all of our dancers and everyone
who supported our event by coming tonight or donating from home.”
The Dancing with the Sierra View Stars competition showcased five local
couples who spent months rehearsing and raising more than $50,000 in funds
for the Gala’s main cause by inspiring dance votes. Dave Kinsel
and Tara Everett, Miguel Leyva and Quinn Atherton, Jorge and Kim Ramirez,
Jared and Lexy Harness, and Dustin and Tracy Della showed their best moves
on Saturday for the Sierra View judges.
Porterville City Manager John Lollis, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux
and SVMC President/CEO Donna Hefner all sat on the Dancing with the Sierra
View Stars panel to score the couples on their performances and crown
the 2017 victors, Dustin and Tracy Della.
“It’s such a great feeling to win a competition that’s
bigger than yourself,” added Dustin Della. “It’s amazing
that the whole group raised so much money together and hopefully those
funds get the hospital that much closer to receiving the HUGS system.”
This year’s Gala was historic in the amount of donations received
from the community and funds raised for the hospital. Although over $50,000
was raised in dance votes alone, the grand total raised for the HUGS system
at the 2017 Gala will be announced on Sierra View’s social media
in coming weeks. With this improved security system in place in Porterville,
mothers can rest easy knowing their children are safe and cared for at
Sierra View Medical Center.
“Tonight was an outpouring of community support and I know the HUGS
system will take our infant security to a new level. I love that we are
ensuring the safety of our smallest patients and giving local moms and
families a real sense of protection during the happiest time of their
lives,” said Hefner.