Natividad Foundation Annual Donor Celebration

Natividad Foundation Annual Donor Celebration Thursday, March 5, 5:00-7:00pm at Natividad

Salinas, CA, February 27, 2015 – Natividad Foundation (NMF) will recognize five Monterey County organizations as the 2015 NMF Hero Award recipients for their contributions to continually improving the health status of the people of Monterey County through their tireless work to intervene in and prevent violence in our communities:

  • Building Healthy Communities – East Salinas, The California Endowment
  • Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP)
  • Four Cities for Peace (4C4P)
  • Monterey County Administrative Office, Office of Community Engagement and Advocacy
  • Seaside Blue Ribbon PanelNMF’s Celebration will also feature:
  • Unveiling of the new Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA) exhibition, “Plein Air Art: Healing Waters – Calming Seas”;
  • Introduction of CHOICE, a program of the Natividad Trauma Center that features peer interventionists who are available 24/7 and arrive at the bedside of a victim of violence within 15 minutes of arrival to the Trauma Center. CHOICE is designed to promote positive alternatives to violence and reduce retaliation and re-injury among youth and young adults injured by violence; and
  • Presentation by The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC) of a check for $325,000 to Natividad. TALC, founded in 2010 by John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of CA, has grown to more than 130 members, including Driscoll’s, NewStar Fresh Foods and Taylor Farms, and has donated more than $1.4 million for the purchase of medical equipment and support for NMF’s Indigenous Interpreting+ program.

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 – 6 pm: 6 – 7 pm:

Unveiling of “Plein Air Art: Healing Waters – Calming Seas” exhibition, sponsored by SSB Construction

Natividad Foundation 2015 Hero Award Presentation
Hero Award Video sponsored by Comerica Bank
Introduction of CHOICE, a program of the Natividad Trauma Center TALC Check Presentation

WHERE: Natividad, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas, CA

5 – 6 pm: Second Floor; 6 – 7 pm: Main Lobby 1


  • John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of CA; Founder, The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC); and NMF Board Member
  • Linda Ford, President & CEO, NMF
  • Gary Gray, D.O., Interim Chief Executive Officer, Natividad
  • Minerva H. Perez-Lopez, M.D., Natividad Medical Group and NMF Board Vice Chair
  • Kristen Spencer, RN II, Trauma Prevention & Outreach
  • David Soskin, M.D., Medical Director, Monterey County Behavioral Health and Chief of Psychiatry,NatividadAbout Natividad FoundationNatividad Foundation philanthropically supports the programs and services of Natividad, a safety net hospital in Salinas, California. Natividad Foundation is passionate about raising funds to support access to health care for babies, children and families in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. Established in 1988, Natividad Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, visit