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LLUCH Foundation board holds retreat

Patti Cotton Pettis presents Larry Sharp with the LLUCH Foundation Chair Award
Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director, LLUCH Foundation, presents Larry Sharp, with the LLUCH Foundation Chair Award for his outstanding commitment to the mission and goals of Children�s Hospital.
“Meeting the Future, Now!” was the theme of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation third annual board retreat held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells.Beginning on Thursday evening, September 23, and continuing through Friday noon, the retreat was facilitated by Mark Dennis, senior counsel of the Alford Group, Inc.Founded in 1979, the Alford Group, Inc., provides leadership in improving the quality of life by strengthening non-profit organizations. The firm has worked with nearly 1,000 diverse non-profits with budgets and missions ranging from grass roots social service agencies to well-established health-care facilities, museums, colleges, and other organizations in the non-profit sector. During the Thursday evening event, Patti Cotton Pettis, exe
Patti Cotton Pettis presents Barbara Robinson with a bouquet of flowers
Zareh Sarrafian, MBA (left), senior vice president and administrator, Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital, and Patti Cotton Pettis (center), executive director, LLUCH Foundation, present Barbara Robinson, Foundation board chair, with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation for her service to Children�s Hospital.
cutive director, LLUCH Foundation, reviewed the mission and 2004 goals of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Premiering during the workshop was a new video production, “Fighting for Life: Inside the NICU.”The video highlights the critical days of two families whose newborn infants fight for their lives in the LLUCH neonatal intensive care unit.During the Friday morning workshop, Ruthita Fike, CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, senior vice president and administrator, LLUCH, presented the new strategic plan for the health-care entities at Loma Linda University. The plan presents opportunities and challenges during the coming years for the health-care entities at Loma Linda.During the event, Mr. Sarrafian honored Barbara Robinson, Foundation board chair, for her leadership as chair of the LLUCH Foundation board. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation by Children’s Hospital.Under Ms. Robinson’s tenure, the LLUCH Foundation plans to realize a 31.5 percent increase in gifts from last year. Foundation board member Larry Sharp, president and chief executive officer of Arrowhead Credit Union based in San Bernardino, was presented the LLUCH Foundation Chair Award by Ms. Robinson for his outstanding commitment to the mission and goals of Children’s Hospital.“Mr. Sharp’s leadership in helping to build a stronger environment for volunteerism and philanthropy among the Inland Empire community is outstanding,” says Ms. Pettis.“His leadership in taking community outreach events such as the annual Foundation gala to the next level has helped increase sponsorships resulting in a 90 percent increase in net proceeds for the 2004 gala over the 2003 gala.”In addition, Mr. Sharp has played a pivotal role in strategizing for a stronger, more active LLUCH Foundation board.

TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004