Regional Campaign Events
UC Davis Health System campaign celebration
May 13, 2011
UC Davis MIND Institute, Sacramento
Chancellor Linda P.B Katehi; UC Davis supporters Denny Dickenson and Jeanene Dickenson; Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire Pomeroy (second from right).
More than 150 of the university’s closest friends gathered at UC Davis Health System on May 13 to celebrate The Campaign for UC Davis and honor the many donors who help improve the world through their support of the university.
Claire Pomeroy, chief executive officer of UC Davis Health System, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, announced at the event that UC Davis Health System has reached 70 percent of its $330 million fundraising goal — which is part of the university’s $1 billion campaign goal.
The following are excerpts from the remarks made by speakers at the celebration:
“Needless to say, the UC Davis Health System is a critical part of our university, conducting brilliant medical research and saving lives here in our region — and around the world. I can tell you that it is also playing a major role in The Campaign for UC Davis… Philanthropic support has had an impact on all aspects of the Health System — from supporting the important work being done right here in this building to helping train tomorrow’s leaders in patient care to advancing innovative research that is helping to save lives all around the world.”
— Linda P.B. Katehi
Chancellor, UC Davis
“Today is about celebrating you — treasured members of our health system family. I am so grateful for your generosity and your advocacy. Your unwavering support is vital to our vision of building a healthier world through bold innovation. And today is about celebrating our goal of inspiring more people to become part of the campaign and our health system family.”
— Claire Pomeroy
Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System
Vice Chancellor, Human Health Sciences
Dean, UC Davis School of Medicine
Heather M. Young, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean of the The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, spoke at the health system’s campaign celebration.
“This Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is a shining example of the tremendous impact that philanthropy has — and the absolutely vital role it plays — in the university’s continuing impact. Spearheaded by the founding commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school opened its doors to 33 master’s degree and doctoral students in September 2010. In order to build long-term excellence for the school, we must continue to build on the public/private partnership that started with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant. The $100 million grant covers launch costs for 10 years, including faculty start-up packages, curriculum development and significant student support. But, then it gradually decreases until it is fully exhausted. Thus, a significant endowment is needed to fund and sustain a transformative school with national prominence.”
— Heather M. Young
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis
Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
“My wife and I came to UC Davis from the Bay Area because… you are providing the highest quality care and you are at the forefront of the research that is helping treat Huntington’s disease. You have wonderful and brilliant faculty and staff doing amazing work to advance health in so many ways, but all of you genuinely care about the people and families whose lives they improve and impact. That is why we came here and that is why I give to UC Davis.
Suffice it to say, I am pleased, proud and happy to be a supporter of UC Davis and hope that I will be able to continue that support for many years to come. I encourage you to join me in continuing your support for UC Davis as they discover and share knowledge and provide the type of care that will advance health both in the local community and around the globe.”
— Les Pue, a UC Davis supporter whose late wife Margaret was treated at the UC Davis Medical Center’s Huntington’s disease clinic
Medical school student Monique Chambers; Terry Tempkin, co-director of the UC Davis Movement Disorders Clinic; Vicki Wheelock, director of the movement disorders clinic; UC Davis supporter Les Pue; Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire Pomeroy; Gerhard Bauer, director of the Good Manufacturing Practice facility; Judy Roberson, a patient advocate; and Jan Nolta, director of the UC Davis stem cell program.
“You see, thanks to your efforts, concern, pride, heart, integrity — whatever makes you give to this university — you have given me the opportunity to focus on the reasons I’m here: to be successful, to be a leader, to understand that in a world where ethical dilemmas present themselves daily, standing for right would sometimes mean standing alone. And for each donor’s partnership in this journey, I speak on behalf of my fellow peers and those to come after me. But because there are not words to truly express the gratitude I feel towards you as perfectly as you deserve it, I would simply have to say “thank you.” I wholeheartedly endorse The Campaign for UC Davis and I invite you to join with your support.”
— Monique Chambers
Student, UC Davis School of Medicine