Providence honors ‘Hearts of Gold’ Nov. 3

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation will host the annual Providence Hearts of Gold 2012 Black and White Gala Nov. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 East Maria Way.

A reception, dinner, live auction, music and dancing are all hallmarks of the event, which honors Heart of Gold Award recipients. Formal attire is requested, but black tie is optional.

This year’s recipients are Nancy Tamura and Elizabeth Chambers, M.D.

Tamura has helped guide community projects and charitable giving for her employer, CenturyLink. She also promotes accessible healthcare for farm workers and others in need through her roles with the foundation and hospital boards.

Those benefiting from her volunteer work are La Clinica del Cariño, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and United Way. In 2010 her husband, Ken, was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and later succumbed to the disease. Tamura feels she shares her Hearts of Gold award with her late husband and their children.

Dr. Chambers works as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and has served children and teens for the past 12 years at the Klahre House/Next Door program. These young people are usually living in foster care and many struggle with behavioral problems, mental illness, addiction, legal issues, family problems and academic challenges.

Dr. Chambers is known for her compassion and dedication to improving the quality of life for young patients, their families, and others who care about them.

For more information, contact the foundation office at 541-387-6950. Reservations are required by Oct. 26.

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