June, 2018
3rd Annual ¡Prospera!
Virginia Garcia’s 3rd Annual ¡Prospera! is set for Saturday, September 15. Save the date on your calendar and join us at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus. 

This year, we will be celebrating the grand opening of the Beaverton Wellness Center. The evening will feature unique experiences, an amazing live auction and a dinner experience from around the world.

Tickets are available now.
Cornelius Nurse Listens to His “Gut,” Saves Patient

Cornelius Registered Nurse Guillermo Ayala Valencia is a pretty quiet guy, so when a patient he’d never seen before gave him a big hug and broke down into tears, he simply said, “It’s a funny way to meet someone for the first time.”

Guillermo only knew the woman’s voice. A few weeks before, she was enroute to Cornelius Wellness Center and called in complaining of a severe headache and vomiting. Guillermo took the call.

“It was difficult because her presentation — headache and vomiting — could be anything,” he said. But something kept nagging at him. “I had a gut feeling something wasn’t right,” he said.

He listened. The woman, in her 20s, was in severe pain and her headache was getting worse after starting over night.

“There was something in her voice,” he said. She told him she was driving 20 miles to VG instead of a closer clinic because she trusted Dr. Lyn Jacobs, but Guillermo told her to turn around and go to an emergency room.

“I was thinking we have really great doctors here, and we will treat the symptoms, but I think there is something else that is causing this presentation,” Guillermo said.

He was right. The woman made it to an emergency room and collapsed to the floor. She was later diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, which doctors have since removed .

Beaverton Improves Opioid Testing
Beaverton Clinic’s Marvelous Agents of Change team proved that sometimes the smallest change can make a lifechanging difference. In this case, it was a $5 drug screening urine cup.
The Marvelous Agents of Change is Beaverton’s sustainability committee. Each primary care clinic has such a committee, created to improve workflows and find inefficiencies. So far, Beaverton’s has been the most active and has shared its findings with other clinics.
6th Annual
Grape Adventure
Sells Out
Virginia Garcia will be co-hosting it's 6th annual Grape Adventure on Saturday, June 30, with REX HILL but this year they are switching it up a bit. The event will kick off as the sun begins to sink behind the hills...covering the REX HILL garden in a nice, cool shade.

The idea of sipping wine in the shaded hills of wine country obviously appealed to ticket buyers because the event sold out very quickly.

But while the tickets to the event are sold out, your opportunity to participate is not gone.

If you are still hoping to find a seat at the table, you can contact the Foundation and be put on a waiting list. We will contact you if tickets become available.

The Foundation is also hosting a raffle that evening for a weekend at the Allison Inn & Spa. This package boasts two nights at the beautiful Inn, breakfast each morning, a dinner at the critically-acclaimed Jory Restaurant and a couples massage at the Allison Spa. Raffle tickets are only $100 each and there are only 60 available.

To be put on the waiting list, buy a few raffle tickets, or get more information, click the button below to contact the Foundation.
Long-time VG supporters encourge you to "DO IT" when it comes to planning your gifts
Lynn Baker and Eve Lonnquist have a long history with Virginia Garcia. 

The couple made their first gift over 15 years ago after Lynn learned about VG during her time at Intel. Lynn was so inspired by VG’s mission she agreed to serve on the Board of Directors and later left Intel to become a VG employee.
Lynn and Eve share the same philosophy – “no matter how much money you have, you donate what you can. Your will should do the same.”

“Planned giving was new to us, so we first just put Virginia Garcia in our will. After we both retired, we worked with our financial planner and lawyer and structured VG as one of the beneficiary of our investments.”

“Eve and I wanted to make sure that when we’re both gone, our money will continue to support people in poverty in Washington County.”

Their best advice to anyone considering a planned gift. “Do it!” 

“Maybe your heirs will be inspired by your giving and keep it going too. If they don’t, at least you’ve set aside something in your planning that will go where you want it to.”

We hope you’ll take Lynn and Eve’s lead and keep the giving going by including Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation in your long term plans. With your help, we can continue Virginia’s legacy, ensuring health care
for those who need it the most in our community.   

For more information on how you can include Virginia Garcia in your plans, please contact Stefanny Caballero at (503) 352-8632.
Coming up at the Foundation
SAVE THE DATE: Beaverton Wellness Center Community Carnival!
The date for the Beaverton Wellness Center Community Carnival is set for Saturday, August 11 from 11a.m. - 4p.m. Join us as we celebrate the opening of this long-awaited clinic. A fun-filled day is planned with plenty of activities for the kids. Tours of the clinic will also be available.
Advocacy Opportunity
Virginia Garcia’s Health Center Board and Foundation Board have both passed a resolution in opposition to IP 22.

Currently, Oregon law prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally. IP 22 would repeal this law, putting thousands of individuals and families in jeopardy, many of which we serve . Ultimately IP 22 does not share the values of Virginia Garcia including diversity, which allows the exploration of ways we are alike while also respecting our differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. IP 22 would create additional barriers and create fear for individuals accessing health care.

Virginia Garcia has joined with others as part of the One Oregon Coalition. We invite you join us and learn more about this potential ballot measure, the coalition and sign a pledge to oppose IP 22 here.
April & May Major Donors
Betty Bode, PhD, RN
Dr. Curtis T. Thompson and Joseph F. Mitchoff
Green Grove Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Janet Moss
Janet Roberts and Ed Clark
Jim and Nancy Kratochvil
Katrina and Ted Wheeler Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Michael & Kristen Kern
Michele Haynes & Jessica LH Bledsoe
Rachel & Oscar Li
Ronni Lacroute

Businesses & Organizations
Bob's Red Mill
Children's Trust Fund Of Oregon
Dr. Michael Ryan
First Federal Savings & Loan Association of McMinnville
Hampton Lumber
Jackson Family Wines
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
McDonald Zaring Insurance
McMenamins Cedar Hills
Pacific University
Ride Connection
The CHP Group
The Standard Charitable Foundation
United Way of the Coumbia-Willamette
Washington County
Windermere Foundation
Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC
World Of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
March Of Dimes, Greater Oregon Chapter
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund
Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington