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Transformations Gala 2012
Nearly 400 supporters, donors and volunteers attended ReSurge's fifth annual Transformations Gala on November 3 at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Event co-chairs, Sara Auge Hirsch and Chandler Bass Evans, along with their event committee, helped fill the ballroom with friends old and new to ReSurge.
During the gala, ReSurge presented awards to Dr. William McClure of Napa, California, Dr. Jorge Palacios of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Barco's Nightingales Foundation for their leadership and contributions.
Celebrities Adam Curry and Micky Hoogendijk-Curry returned as masters of ceremony for the evening's event.
"The gala represented a unique opportunity to bring the ReSurge community together to celebrate more than 43 years of patient care around the world," says Susan Hayes, ReSurge president and CEO. "We are thankful to everyone who came together to restore hope through surgery."
ReSurge's Transformation Galas have raised nearly $3.5 million in the last five years.
Partners in Progress Award
Presented to Michael and Frida Donner, Barco's Nightingales Foundation
Barco's Nightingales Foundation was established in 2008 by Michael and Frida Donner to recognize the integral role of nursing and to help children in need. Since it's inception, Barco's Nightingales Foundation has worked with ReSurge to provide 1,600 much-needed surgeries for children around the world in just four years! ReSurge would like to recognize the foundation, as well as Michael and Frida Donner, for their ongoing partnership and commitment to provide life-changing reconstructive surgeries.
For more information about Barco's Nightingales Foundation and its mission to promote nursing and help children, please visit www.barcosnightingales.org.
Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award
Presented to Dr. Jorge Palacios
Director, ReSurge Surgical Outreach Program, Guayaquil, Ecuador
As founding director of the ReSurge Surgical Outreach Program in Guayaquil, Ecuador Dr. Palacios and his team treat patients in the city and also travel regularly by bus to more rural areas of Ecuador to care for those in need. Dr. Palacios is the chief surgeon of the plastic surgery department in Guayaquil's Leon Becerra Children's Hospital and of Luis Vernaza Hospital's burn unit, which he founded. Moreover, he started Ecuador's first plastic surgery residency program to increase the pool of local plastic surgeons devoted to helping the poor in their own communities. Dr. Palacios exemplifies the spirit of giving back and has dedicated more than thirty years of his life in partnership with ReSurge to increase medical care in Ecuador.