The estate of Donald Emil Gumz has donated $4 million to Valley Children’s. To honor Mr. Gumz’s legacy, Valley Children’s will be recognizing his generosity in a new outpatient center planned for construction on the Valley Children’s Hospital campus in Madera. “One of the great privileges of leading Valley Children’s Healthcare is witnessing firsthand the generosity of extraordinary individuals like Donald Gumz,” said Todd Suntrapak, President and CEO of Valley Children’s Healthcare.

Mr. Gumz was born and raised in Fresno to a family who had farmed grapes in California since the early 1900s. He graduated from Edison High School and spent his entire professional life as an accountant, first for a local developer and then with Vie-del Winery until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Gumz was remarkably generous, providing financial support to many causes he held close to his heart – including Valley Children’s, the Ronald McDonald House, Marjaree Mason Center and Fresno State’s Enology Department.

“Donald E. Gumz was a true son of the San Joaquin Valley,” said Dr. David Zoldoske, cousin of Mr. Gumz and trustee of his estate. “As part of his legacy, he wanted to provide for the greater Fresno region to leave it better than ever before...Mr. Gumz left a significant contribution to Valley Children’s knowing that improving the health of the young will positively benefit the Central Valley for generations to come.”
Thank You Walmart/Sam’s Club for Raising More Than $400,000!
With the Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign running until July 31, we are very grateful their 24 Central Valley stores have raised more than $400K so far for Valley Children’s. On Thursday, July 23, our CMN ambassador and epilepsy champion, Sariah, visited a Walmart in Visalia to express gratitude and support. To her surprise, she was greeted with welcoming associates and store managers lined up, ringing bells and cheering for her. It was a pleasant surprise for Sariah and her mother while visiting such a valuable partner. We thank Walmart and Sam’s Club for increasing year-over-year fundraising by 36 percent even during these challenging times. 
We have been incredibly moved by the generosity of our Central Valley community during the pandemic. Despite a shelter-in-place order, social distancing and closures, thoughtful community members and organizations have stepped up by donating essential in-kind items and generously contributing to our COVID-19 Fund to assist the response efforts at Valley Children’s Hospital. It is truly inspiring to witness how together, our friends and neighbors remain committed to helping each other, even when circumstances are far less than ideal.

These donations have helped patients, staff and family members stay safe, healthy and no doubt given them a much needed boost in the midst of additional screening precautions, testing and program changes that have affected all Valley Children’s Healthcare locations. We are grateful and humbled to have received these gifts to help us with our ongoing mission to continuously improve the health and well-being of children. Since mid-March of this year, the hospital has received these beneficial items from more than 200 donors:
Thank you to the following donors who contributed to the COVID-19 Fund:
Bank of America
CoBank – Rural America Corporate Bank Karen Downs
Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) Kabab City, Inc.
Evan Ladd
Matty Matoian
Panda Express
Premier Valley Bank
Ranchers Cotton Oil
Sands Capital
Estate of Dr. Troy Smith
Visalia Rawhide
Wells Fargo Bank
Thank you to the following donors who gave in-kind contributions:
7-11 Stores Greater LA Zone / Sunny Chauhan
Aileen Martinez
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Ana Isabel Vera
Ana Tapia
Andy Blake
Anne Rowles
Ariana Zavala
Barbara Stairs
Bee Sweet Citrus
Best Buy Markets
Beth Robertson
Blue Diamond Almond
Brandy Rocha
Briana Seltzer
Brielle Bitter
Brooke Ferdinandsen
California Farmworker Foundation
Camille Burton
CenCal Services, Inc. / Mike Gonzalez
Central California Chinese Cultural Association
Charis Calvert
Charlemagne Plowden
Charles Benninger
Christa Garrison
Cietta Johnson
Cindy Schwartz
Clovis Rotary
Contours Designed / Lea Sudjian
DA Designs
Delilah White
Domino’s Pizza
Donna Bell
Donut Fantasy
Earlinda Garcia
Edible Arrangements
Elise Wilson
Emily Sauls
Esther Bruno
Esther Cuevas
Esther Espinoza
Faith Nitschke
Feed the Frontlines
Feed the Frontlines Fresno
First Baptist Church Clovis
First Chinese Baptist Church Fresno
FISH Philanthropy
Fowler Packing
Gilbert Hernandez
Gina Birkholz
Gina Tikijian
Girl Scout Troop 2127
Girl Scouts of Central California South
HAHA Sushi
Heather Fechko
Horn BBQ
Hungry Bear Cookies Corporate Office
Iota Omnicron Chapter and Fresno Junior League
Isaac Avila
J & L Maintenance
Jack Hurley
Jackie Brown
Jackie Maldonado
James Evans
Janet Tone
Janice Threlfall
Jeanine Grech
Jeannie Wong
Jennifer Crowder
Jessica Alvarado
Jessica Passilas
Joan Massetti
Joanie Martin
Johnna Castro
Julian Lipschitz
Karen Spencer Benson
Karen Timnerman
Karen Widlund
Kari Holden
Kathy Coleman
Kathy Pfingsten
Kelli Cipolla
Kristine & Riley Walter
Kuppa Joy
Kyle O’Keefe
La Comida Guild
La Feliz Guild
La Sierra Guild
Laurette Lee
Lazy Dog Restaurants
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Linda Silva
Lisa Yang
Little Caesars Pizza
Madera Agricultural Services
Madera Sunrise Rotary
Maria Santora
Maria Terriquez
Marsha Easley
Martha Salas
Mary Derrick
Mary Smith
Matthew Alton
Melanie Thomas
Michael Collazo
Michele Peterson
Mid Valley Packaging and Supply
Miguel Solo
Miho Schweizer
Mirna Castillo
Modesto Bulgan
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Maxfield
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Powe
Mr. Michael Deraffaele
Mr. Sean Sagardia – Sunnyside Little League
Ms. Marsha Easley
Ms. Suzie Perez
Mydili Subramanian
Napa Auto Parts
New Covenant Community Church
No Surrender Adventure Park
Norman Etchegian
Nurse Angel Network
Nurses Boutique
Oracle Healthcare Group
Pam Latham
Panda Express
Patricia Tovar
Patrick Murphy
Patrick Wilkinson
Patsy Clark
Paul Islas
Quinn Co.
R.Com / Paul Libaridian
Randy Poor
Ricky Lozano
Ruby Valtierra
Sarah Smith
See's Candies
Selena Sewing / Selena Silva
Senator Andreas Borgeas
Sheryl Ballou
Shiori Sakeda
Sierra View Animal Hospital
Slumberger Lumber
State Foods Supermarket
Sun Pacific
Susan Bates
Sweetleigh Printed / Micah Peterson
Sylvia Sanchez
Tai Chili
Tammy Mills
Tenaya Guild – Leslie Espinola
The Ugly Company
The Wonderful Company Foundation
Tricia Matthews
United Way of Fresno County
University of Phoenix
Veronica Morado
Vicki Collier McDonald
Victoria Ramirez
Victoria Rivinius
Visalia Elks Lodge
Wells Fargo
Wendy Carr
Wilma Hansen
Yvette Cortez
Stop by Les Schwab Tires locations in the Central Valley from August 1 to 31 and support our efforts by donating to benefit the kids of Valley Children's Hospital. We are so excited and grateful to Les Schwab for their participation.
Ou 6th Annual ABC30 "Futures Worth Fighting For" Telethon is coming up on Thursday, August 13, 2020. For an entire day,  ABC30 will be sharing about the services and care Valley Children's provides for the children in our community. We want to express a special thank you to our sponsors and everyone who has volunteered for this event.
Our 22nd Annual Kiss Country for Kids Radiothon is coming up Wednesday, September 9 through Friday September 11, 2020. Kiss Country will be live with your favorite DJs, Gnarley Charley and Jody Jo. They'll be airing interviews with patients and families sharing their incredible stories to raise funds for Valley Children's. We give a sincere thank you to everyone who has a part in this event.
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