ReSurge's Transformations Gala is an evening to celebrate our dedicated volunteers, international partners and supporters. Hundreds from around the country join us annually to celebrate and to reflect on our accomplishments together over cocktails, dinner, a live auction and dancing.
This year, our seventh annual Transformations Gala was held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco. Our emcee for the evening was NBC Bay Area's Laura Garcia Cannon.
It was wonderful having so many medical volunteers and dedicated supporters in the room for the festive Bolivia-themed evening this year, and we raised enough funds to provide nearly 2,000 surgeries over the next year.
We also honored three exceptional individuals with awards in recognition of their dedication to ReSurge and our patients. Read about these honorees below to get a glimpse of some of the extraordinary people who make up our ReSurge community.
Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award
Presented to Dr. Jorge Terrazas
International Medical Partner, Bolivia
Dr. Jorge Terrazas, reconstructive surgeon and founding president of the Bolivian Hand Surgery Association, has been involved with ReSurge International since 2002. For more than 15 years, he has provided reconstructive surgery at the Children's Hospital of the Children's Rehabilitation Institute, the Fundacion Pro Quemado (Burn Foundation), and at the Medical Aid for Children of Latin America.
Now, as current president of the SOS Mano Bolivia Foundation and in partnership with ReSurge, he works to ensure that poor Bolivian patients receive free, year-round surgical treatment and post-operative care. We are so pleased to continue partnering with him to restore hope for patients in Bolivia and to honor his commitment at this year's Transformations Gala.
William C. Lazier Leadership Award
Presented to Russell Fuller, C.F.A., Ph.D.
ReSurge International Board Chair 2011-2014
Since 2004, Russ Fuller has shown tremendous leadership for ReSurge as a member of our board of directors and as chair of the board for the past four years. Russ is president of Fuller & Thaler Asset Management, a registered investment advisory firm. He has exemplified tremendous qualities of leadership and dedication to the ReSurge community throughout the last ten years.
Russ and his wife Anne traveled to My Tho, Vietnam in 2004 to see ReSurge's life-changing work firsthand, and their lives were forever changed. Consequently, he is a stalwart advocate of our volunteer corps and their selfless devotion. He also never misses an opportunity to encourage other supporters to travel to developing countries and see our work firsthand in the field. Russ has been a dedicated advocate and supporter since 2001, and his deep devotion to our patients around the world is an inspiration. ReSurge is proud to honor Russ for his extraordinary leadership.
ReStoring Hope Award
Presented to Dr. George Gregory
ReSurge International Anesthesia Director
George Gregory is a world leader in pediatric anesthesiology and founder of the pediatric anesthesiologist program at the University of California, San Francisco. George has volunteered with ReSurge since 1990, leading volunteer surgical teams on more than 40 surgical team trips. In 2004, he joined ReSurge as anesthesia director.
Working part-time on a voluntary basis, George focuses on education and training for international medical partners, as well as recruitment of volunteer anesthesiologists. He is also an ex-officio member of ReSurge's anesthesia, medical services and quality assurance committees. We are delighted to honor George for his long-standing commitment to ReSurge and our patients.