Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 11:00am
Hanna Boys Center
The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation is very pleased to announce our 2017 Pulse Award recipients, Donna Halow and Judy Vadasz. We will recognize and honor these women for the tremendous impact they have made through their long term volunteer commitments and service to the community of Sonoma Valley at the 12th Annual Celebration of Women on Thursday, May 11th at 11:00am at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma.
Proceeds from the event benefit women’s health and wellness programs at Sonoma Valley Hospital, including Project Pink which funds mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women each May and October.
About the Honorees
After being part-time residents for many years, Donna Halow and her late husband moved to Sonoma to live here full-time in 2004. She quickly became involved in local community nonprofits. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Jack London Park Partners and the La Luz micro-finance program.
Donna has been supportive of Sonoma Valley Hospital for many years, including work on past parcel tax efforts and co-chairing the Celebration of Women event, as well as contributing financially to SVH. Additionally, Donna’s local volunteer involvement includes serving on boards and committees with La Luz, Sonoma Valley Fund, and Community Foundation Sonoma County; as well as efforts for Children’s Medical Aid and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Her national and international volunteer efforts include the Grameen Foundation and the Okizu Foundation.
Community involvement for Judy Vadasz began in the early 1970’s. She helped start and run a preschool parent cooperative. Later, she spent seven years as a guidance assistant at Mountain View High School working with at-risk freshmen. Other projects included Interplast, KQED, and two political campaigns. Judy was a co-founder and longtime board member of Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. She and her husband Les have supported many nonprofit organizations in Sonoma, including a significant donation to Sonoma Valley Hospital that was leveraged into broad community support for the building of the new Emergency Department.
Judy grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and met Les when she moved to the Boston area. They have been married since 1964 when they moved to Silicon Valley where Les spent his career in the technology industry. Judy and Les bought their property in Sonoma in 1997 and developed the vineyards and designed and built their home over the next two and a half years. They continue to live in two places but the bulk of their time is spent in Sonoma. Their two sons and two grandchildren, as well as Judy’s mother, live in the South Bay, the “other” home of Judy and Les.