Tracy Hospital Foundation's
GALA for LIFE
Benefitting Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.
With your support, the success of a healthy community and strong hospital become your accomplishments. The Tracy Hospital Foundation is proud to promote health care and community well-being by supporting and working with Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Together, we continue a proud tradition dating back to our hospital’s creation in 1948.
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.
Your Generosity Helps to Build a Healthier Future!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
6 p.m. cocktails
7 p.m. Wine Pairing Dinner
St. Bernard’s Holy Family Center, Gathering Hall,
12100 West Valpico Road
Tracy, California 95376
Ticket and Sponsorship Information:
E-mail: Tracy Hospital Foundation
Tony and Gloria Souza
Tony and Gloria Souza are both native Tracyites and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! Gloria was born in Stockton and lived in Tracy almost all of her life. As newlyweds, Gloria and Tony moved to Mountain View as Tony attended Santa Clara University. In 1962, Tony graduated and they moved back to Tracy where Tony began managing the family cattle operation. 1968 brought the opening of Souza’s Quality Meats, a wholesale meat purveying operation, which Tony owned until 1984. In the late 1970s Tony began working on leases of Altamont pasture lands for wind turbine development. In 1984, he earned his broker’s license and opened Souza Realty. In 1991, the name of the company was changed to Souza Realty & Development.
Tony is a member of many professional associations, including the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, Central Valley Association of REALTORS, California and National Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS Real Estate Appraisal Section, the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) – affiliated with The Association of Real Estate, American Wind Energy Association, Urban Land Institute, Building Industry Association of the Delta, and the Business Council of San Joaquin County.
Tony and Gloria have been and continue to be very active in community activities and have been involved in community service and philanthropy throughout their lives. Gloria was involved with the St. Bernard’s Mother’s Guild, Tracy’s Rotary Inner Wheel, as well as volunteering at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital. Tony was chairman of the Development Council of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital, and led the formation of the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation, acting as the first Chairman of its Board of Directors. Tony is past chairman of the Hospital’s Special Prospects Committee and together with Gloria, created the Pillar Society. He served as President of the Tracy Rotary Club in 1989-90. Tony and Gloria are active in St. Bernard's Catholic Church, and Tony has served as chairman of the Future Planning & Development Committee and serves on the New Building Project Steering Committee.
Souza Realty & Development is a family business, owned by the father/son team of Tony Souza and Mike Souza. Their team of real estate professionals includes Jim Gwerder and Mike Glazzy (both sons-in-law of Tony and Gloria and married to daughters Anna and Cathy.) Tony and Gloria have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Sunil Patel, M.D.
Sunil Patel, M.D. has made Tracy, California his home since 1988 with his wife, Bhagi, their son Shivam, his parents Hiralal and Jashumatiben Patel, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Pravin and Urvashi Punjiya and their daughter, Meera (who attends Tufts University) and Dr. Rajiv and Jayshrec Punjya and their son, Niraj (who attends Stanford University) and their daughter, Nirali. Originally from Atul, India, Dr. Patel’s family maintains the custom of ‘the extended family eating together each night in the same household’. Sunil and Bhagi are very proud of their son, a graduate of UC Berkeley, who is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Global Health Science at Duke University.
Dr. Patel credits his father with strongly encouraging him to attend medical school rather than engineering school, a decision he quickly was grateful for, as his passion for medicine was realized. His father was the first person from their hometown in India to earn a PhD in chemistry and has been devoted to the education of his children and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Patel and Bhagi have been married for 30 years and he attributes much of his success to his wife’s strong support.
Dr. Patel specializes in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and completed his medical education at The MS University and Medical College of Baroda, India, where he did an internship at S.S.G. Hospital. He also completed residences at MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois and St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Patel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics by the American Board of Internal Medicine with certification in Practice Management and is very interested in Hospital Quality Improvement, Comprehensive Diabetes Management, Endocrinology, Preventive Medicine, health education and mind-body well being. Together with Faith Heitzer, he founded Tracy’s first ADA recognized Diabetes education program. Dr. Patel also provides education scholarship support to students at Tracy High School along with mentoring opportunities.
Dr. Patel was appointed Chief of Medical Staff at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in 1994 and just recently returned to the position. He has also served on the Tracy Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and was named the Foundation’s Treasurer in 2005. He enjoys tennis and reading and been the recipient of the “Professional of the Year” Award in 2000 from the Tracy Chamber of Commerce as well as the ‘Best of Tracy’ Awards (multiple since since 2000, Tracy Press).
Owens-Illinois Glass is the world’s largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. With revenues of $7.4 billion in 2011, the company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs more than 24,000 people at 81 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, effective and sustainable glass packaging solutions to a growing global marketplace.
O-I’s Tracy plant opened for production in 1962 with one furnace, three machines and a 320,000 square foot warehouse. The first products the plant produced were containers for ketchup and baby food. Today the plant operates three furnaces producing 1.2 million bottles daily for the wine industry.
Dan Armagost has been plant manager in Tracy since 2006. Before moving to Tracy, Dan spent nine years at Rocky Mountain Bottle Company, O-I’s Joint Venture with MillerCoors in Colorado. He has more than ten years experience in engineering for O-I including time in civil, structural, raw materials handling and project engineering. Dan serves on the board of directors for Tracy Chamber of Commerce.