Post date: 11/8/2021

Sun Health Foundation’s Heroes with Heart Gala on Saturday, Nov. 6, was a celebration of Heroes who have demonstrated time and again their dedication to providing superior healthcare for the community.

Congratulations to the Honorees:

  • John Brown, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, The CORE Institute, Outstanding Achievement
  • Arun Lakshmipathy, M.D., Internist and Program Director at Sun Health Communities, Outstanding Commitment
  • Nurses at Sun Health, Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers, Outstanding Service to the Community

The evening kicked off with Master of Ceremonies Cory McCloskey, FOX10 Arizona Morning Weather Anchor. Presenters included Ron Symic, Chair of Sun Health Foundation’s Events Committee; Gina W. Ore, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Sun Health Foundation; Sharon Lind, CEO, Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers and member of Sun Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees; Todd Hornback, Chair of the Sun Health Foundation Board of Trustees; and Patricia Lewis Finnell, Chair, Sun Health Services Board of Directors. Special guest was Dr. Rajeev S. Kathuria, the 2020 Heroes with Heart Award recipient, who passed the torch by presenting the Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr. Brown.

Honorees were lauded with touching tributes and testimonials by grateful patients, residents and staff. After several months of virtual events, guests enjoyed being together in what felt like a reunion to many.* The festivities capped off with a toast to superior healthcare and dancing to the music of Thaddeus Rose Band.

The Gala also celebrated the impact of unparalleled healthcare in the West Valley, and the community that helps make this possible. The support of participants, sponsors, supporters and vendors contributed in a big way to raise funds and awareness for Banner Boswell’s Emergency Department and Patient Care Transformation, an initiative in the Generosity for Generations Campaign. THANK YOU!

Although the Gala has passed, there are still opportunities to support superior healthcare with a donation. To learn more about the Campaign and opportunities to make an impact, click here. It takes all of us together, beyond the Gala, to ensure superior healthcare continues to be available.

Thank you to sponsors: Banner Health, CDW, HILGARTWILSON, Independent Newsmedia, Morrison Living, Orcutt |Winslow, UMB Bank, The Weitz Company, Zion & Zion

And to supporters Acclaro, Artisan Colour, Ensemble, JDM Partners, Kellam Foundation, ROX Media, Sawgrass Partners, and Tahlya and Matt Visintainer

Credit to Matt Young Photography for the beautiful photos.

*Note: Special consideration was given to the times we’re in and the heightened need to be safe. Rest assured the health and safety of everyone were and always are our top priorities.