• Touro University California Honors Nine Community Members as part of its 3rd Annual Lamplighter Gala & Awards

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    November 19, 2019
    Touro University California Honors Nine Community Members as part of its 3rd Annual Lamplighter Gala & Awards
    Community members awarded as “Lamplighters” for their efforts in Solano County and abroad to be a leading light unto others.
    Vallejo, CA (November 19, 2019): The historic Farragut Inn Ballroom was filled with dignitaries and company/community leaders on the evening of November 17 in celebration of Touro University California’s (Touro’s) third annual Lamplighter Gala and Awards ceremony. The university honored nine community members and/or organizations that have devoted their time, talent and expertise to serving the public good and making significant, demonstrable and direct contributions to society’s well-being.
    “The Lampligher provides scholarships to diverse students who are dedicated to fulfilling Touro’s mission of social justice and service to the community,” explained 2018 recipient, Jeremy “Teekz” Yenpasook, an immigrant and cancer survivor. He came to TUC in 2017 to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.
    This year, CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley and Provost and CAO Dr. Sarah Sweitzer recognized the following awardees:
    • Lamplighter in Community Mobilization: Liz Gibboney, CEO, Partnership HealthPlan of California
    • Lamplighters in Education: NapaLearns and PG&E
    • Lamplighter in Health: Dignity Health & St. Joseph’s Medical Center
    • Lamplighter in Social Justice Advocacy: Tessa Stecker, MD, Kaiser Permanente
    • Bernard Lander Lamplighter Alumni Awards:
      • Ari Ramos, MPH, College of Education and Health Sciences
      • Saad Sultan, Pharm.D, College of Pharmacy
      • James M. Wilson, DO, LT, MC (FS/FMF), USNR, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Touro began the Lamplighter Awards last year to honor leaders who set an example for others in the areas of health, education, community mobilization and social justice. “In the Jewish tradition, lamplighters are pillars of the community,” said CEO Shelley Berkley. “We are honored to have them with us here this evening.
    The Touro Bull Award was also presented to Tom Phillips, General Manager of Recology Vallejo for displaying the noble, unbeatable spirit of the Touro Bull and being a champion of bringing the Solano County community together.
    Keynote Speaker of the evening, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis congratulated the awardees and expressed her gratitude to TUC for being the state’s leader in producing health care providers who enter into primary care positions.  Lt. Governor Kounalakis is the first female Lieutenant Governor of California and was previously Ambassador to Hungary.
    Attendees enjoyed a live auction, cocktail reception and full dinner as part of the Lamplighters Award celebration thanks to generous donations from the university’s sponsors. Proceeds from the evening support Touro’s diversity student scholarships, which ensure that future healthcare and education professionals reflect the increasing diversity of the community.
    About the Touro College and University System: Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The University, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200
    Andrea Garcia, Associate Vice President of University Advancement
    (707) 638-5272
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