Western University of Health Sciences celebrated its 35th anniversary and the successful conclusion of its Capital Campaign at its annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala on Nov. 10 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
The gala raised about $125,000 for student scholarships. Half of the proceeds will go directly to scholarships this year and half will be placed into an endowment, which now exceeds $900,000.
The theme of the event was “Look How Far You’ve Brought Us.” It was meant to acknowledge the staff, faculty, supporters and students who made WesternU what it is today.
WesternU, in Pomona, started in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and has grown into a comprehensive health professions university that combines scientific excellence and a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care.
“We’re pleased that so many of you have been with us from the beginning of this journey, and our circle of friends continues to grow and thrive,” said WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. “I also thank each and every one of you for your generosity tonight. Your contribution to A Tribute to Caring ensures that new generations of healers will have the resources to fulfill their dreams, the same dreams we had when COMP was created in 1977.”
Special recognition was given to events Silver Sponsors, Wells Fargo Bank, AmerisourceBergen/GNP and Fairplex/Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center/The Learning Centers at Fairplex.
The gala also marked the conclusion of WesternU’s Capital Campaign, which had a goal of raising $35 million by the University’s 35th anniversary on Sept. 4.
“When a campaign for $35 million exceeds that total dramatically, and finishes in excess of $54 million, credit needs to be shared in a number of areas,” said WesternU Senior Vice President Thomas G. Fox, PhD. “Obviously the deans and university leadership have to be on board. The university has to provide resources to develop a team of outstanding fundraisers, and certainly we were blessed with these commitments. However, the one indispensible element in any campaign is the campaign leadership. We were very fortunate to have an exceptional core group for the campaign steering committee.”
The Capital Campaign Steering Committee was chaired by COMP’s first graduate Richard Bond, DO, DrPH, FAAFP, who serves as the vice chairman of the WesternU Board of Trustees. The steering committee also included board members Linda Crans, Mike Quick and Vincent and Lenda Naimoli.
Donors who contributed $1 million or more:
- Drs. Daljit and Elaine Sarkaria
- Masterfoods USA Inc.
- Don A. Anderson, DO
- Banfield Pet Hospital
- The Harold W. Harris Foundation
- Lawrence F. Gosenfeld, DO
- FamilyCare Health Plans Inc.
- Dr. and Mrs. Philip Pumerantz
- Dr. and Mrs. Richard Bond
Donors who contributed $500,000 and $1 million
- The Fletcher Jones Foundation
- Jonathan Y.H. Wu, MD, PhD
- The San Diego Foundation