Salinas, CA (March 5, 2015) – John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of CA, and the members of The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC) presented their largest check to date – $500,500 – to Natividad Foundation (NMF) at their Annual Donor Celebration on Thursday, March 5. TALC’s gifts will help Natividad purchase medical equipment and provide spiritual care and indigenous interpreting services. TALC, founded by D’Arrigo in 2010, has grown to 134 members and has donated more than $1.67 million to Natividad. TALC was honored as the Outstanding Philanthropic Service Organization at the Central Coast’s National Philanthropy Day in November 2014 at Pebble Beach’s Inn at Spanish Bay.
John D’Arrigo said, “We know that by giving to Natividad, we can literally change and save the lives of agricultural workers and their families every day. I think having the Trauma Center at Natividad offers an exciting new opportunity for the whole community to help Natividad in its mission.”
Mike Haynes, President of The Haynes Charitable Foundation and Cinderella Carpet One, a family-owned, Salinas-based business since 1947, also announced a gift to Natividad of $300,000. A big piece of that gift – $170,000 – goes to TALC. Haynes said, “As I’ve learned more about Natividad, I’ve seen the great need. I’ve also seen an amazing impact with the money I’ve given through TALC and how it has been spent to help patients.” The additional $130,000 from Haynes will support the child sexual abuse clinic, “TraumaMan” simulation training equipment, Child Passenger Seat certification by Safe Kids and the Patient Greatest Needs Fund.
The March 5 event also marked the one year anniversary of NMF’s Indigenous Interpreting+. “Indigenous Interpreting+ was launched by Driscoll’s and TALC last year and has already grown from 4 interpreters to more than 200 and from 3 languages to more than 13,” according to Linda Ford, President & CEO of Natividad Foundation. Ford says six indigenous interpreters have completed 6-month paid internships, and two more are currently interning at Natividad.
Event sponsors included Comerica Bank and SSB Construction.
About Natividad Foundation
Natividad 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 healthcare 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 www.natividadfoundation.org.
Natividad is a 172-bed acute care hospital owned and operated by Monterey County. As the safety-net hospital providing healthcare to the residents of Monterey County for over 129 years, Natividad provides healthcare access to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital operates with a medical staff of over 300 physicians and has several specialty clinics and outpatient primary care clinics operated by the Monterey County Health Department. Natividad is a Level
II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries.