Celebrating local heroes

February 2, 2009 3:43:29 PM PST
Among the people being recognized at the 4th Annual Heroes & Hearts Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 12, is an exceptional San Francisco woman who makes others look and feel better during their time of illness.

Heroes & Hearts Honoree: Marlis Tanner
At nearly 84 years old, Marlis Tanner has been serving the San Francisco community by providing a warm heart, a gentle touch, a beautiful smile and a clean fresh haircut to thousands of patients at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) for nearly 50 years. Volunteer Services at SFGH receives anywhere from 8 - 20 calls a week asking for Ms. Tanner to wash and cut patients' hair in the hospital. For many of these patients, Ms. Tanner is the only visitor they will see who is not there to treat them medically. Over the past 50 years, Ms. Tanner has given over 20,000 hours of her time to SFGH and has tended to over 10,000 patients. She also has the proud distinction of being SFGH's longest standing volunteer in the history of the hospital.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation Heroes & Hearts Award Luncheon
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation will recognize the 2008 heroes who have demonstrated exceptional and inspirational behavior to another individual or the community as a whole at the 4th Annual Heroes & Hearts Award Luncheon.

In addition to spotlighting exceptional community heroes, 17 new Hearts in San Francisco artworks will be displayed and sold, with the proceeds going to support the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

For tickets & information, call 415.206.4478 or visit www.sfghf.net.

Heroes & Hearts is sponsored by the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to honor and celebrate the local heroes who help make San Francisco the first-class city it is. Heroes & Hearts is an outgrowth of 2004's Hearts in San Francisco city-wide art installation and fundraiser project. In addition to spotlighting exceptional community heroes at the February 2009 luncheon, several new heart artworks will be displayed and sold, with the proceeds going to support San Francisco General Hospital. The Hearts in San Francisco and the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Heroes & Hearts luncheon events have raised over $3 million for the Hospital Foundation.

About San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) is an independent not-for-profit corporation 501(c)(3) that provides fund-raising support to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). The mission of SFGHF is to augment public funding by raising private support to further improve patient care and comfort at the Hospital. This vital funding allows SFGH to continue its long history of providing quality health care to San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Some of the programs funded wholly or in part by the Foundation include the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center, ACE Unit (Acute Care for Elders), Institute for Global Orthopedics and Traumatology (IGOT), The Trauma Center, The Children's Fund, Women's Health Initiative, Cancer Awareness Resources Education (C.A.R.E.), and the Orthopedics Trauma Center of Excellence. Last year, the Foundation raised over $10 million in private individual gifts and corporate and foundation grants. For more information, visit www.sfghf.net.

For more information on volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital
Janie Jennings
Director, Volunteer Services
415-206-3821


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