VCMRF Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation

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The 24th Annual David Fainer, MD & Leo Tauber, MD Awards Dinner, was held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 5:00-9:30 p.m., at the amazing Ancient Creek at Petersen Ranch in Somis, CA.  These awards recognize outstanding community contributions by those directly involved in the delivery of health care in Ventura County who, through professional, charitable, and public service activities, has demonstrated they exemplify Dr. Fainer and Dr. Tauber's ideals of generosity, excellence, and integrity.


Over 300 people attended the gala event that included a tropical cocktail reception, entertainment by the Midnite Band (featuring recording and touring members from Kenny Loggins, Alan Parsons, Madonna, Joe Walsh, Starship), dessert and silent auctions, followed by a live auction, stand-up for the Children's Resource Program, where Pacific Western Bank donated $8,000 to the program, and the Awards Ceremony - honoring 10 deserving recipients for all they do for their patients and clients in our community.


The late David Fainer, MD and Leo Tauber, MD served as role models and mentors to many in the medical community.  Exemplary and empathetic professionals, Dr. Fainer and Dr. Tauber were known for their motto, “The secret of care of the patient is caring for the patient.”  The event was a huge success.  The funds will touch many lives, and help support underserved children and families throughout Ventura County obtain access to health care services and programs, including dental and vision care services for vulnerable, low-income children and seniors in pain, survivorship wellness retreats for women undergoing cancer treatment, and homeless outreach for those less fortunate.   


24th Annual Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards "Night of Stars"


Deserving recipients of the 2017 David Fainer, MD and Leo Tauber, MD Awards included:

  • Hospital Physician: Deborah Carlson, MD
  • Community Physician: Richard Rothschild, MD
  • Hospital Nurse: Amy Querol, RN, MSN
  • Community Nurse: Shirley Scott, JF Charge Nurse
  • Community Service Award: Denise Carter
  • Oral Health Specialist: Joel Goldenberg, DDS
  • Vision Care Specialist: Michael McQuillan, OD
  • Behavioral/Mental Health Professional: Patrick Zarate
  • Allied Health Professional: Bonnie Subira, MSW
  • Trailblazer Award: Kaiser Permanente


Special Thanks - 2017 Supporters

Lucas Johnston, Chair of VCMRF & Vice President/Regional Relationship Manager of Pacific Western Bank and Mary Jarvis, VCMRF Board Member and Public Affairs Director of Kaiser Permanente, along with Auctioneers, Bonnie & Richard Atmore, did an outstanding job presenting the program and recognizing the members of the health care community who embody excellence and dedication. A special gratitude to the amazing Fainer/Tauber, MD event committee members:  Connie Baer, David Bayer, Inna Berger, Molly Buck, Tony Gutierrez, Scott Hern, Amanda Larson, Marisa Montgomery, RN, Rajinder Rai, Louise Scotti, Donna Sepulveda-Weber, Pamela Short, Laura Zarate, RN, BSN, and staff members, Victoria Chandler, Jessica Friedman and Andrew Guerrero. The staff is extremely grateful to Aaron Bodie and Elena Trevino Design for donating their time and talent in creating all of VCMRF's event marketing materials.  Additionally, thank you to our additional volunteers: Suzy Cummings, Jeff Friedman, Kathy Hartley, Lynne Heuel, Tim Heuel, Gaby Flores, Sarah Record, Rita Solomon, Carlos Olivas, Denise Tyner and the wonderful Montecito Bank volunteers: Ashleigh Davis, Jamie Perez, Lydia Serrate, Mayra Cummings & Danielle Sallee.



Nomination Form

To nominate a deserving health care provider, please fill out the form below and return it to VCMRF:
2018 Fainer & Tauber, MD Awards Nomination Form (PDF)



Past Honorees

To see a list of past honorees, please see the document below:

Fainer & Tauber, MD Award Recipients