VCMRF Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation

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The 25th Annual David Fainer, MD & Leo Tauber, MD Awards Dinner, will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., at the amazing Lloyd-Butler Estate, in Oxnard, 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 attend the gala event that includes a champagne reception, entertainment by Allegato Music, dessert and silent auctions and raffles, followed by a live auction, stand-up for the Children's Resource Program, and the Awards Ceremony - honoring 8 deserving recipients for all they do for their patients and clients in our community.


The late David Fainer, MD and late 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 is always a huge success.  The funds VCMRF raises 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.   


25th Annual Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards "Night of Stars"


Deserving recipients of the 2018 David Fainer, MD and Leo Tauber, MD Awards include:


  • Physician: Beverly Valles Torres, MD, MPH
  • Nurse: Rashidah Khan, RN
  • Community Service Award: Michael Boyko
  • Oral Health Specialist: Catherine Chien, DDS
  • Vision Care Specialist: William Shaffer, OD
  • Behavioral/Mental Health Professional: Richard Deamer, MD
  • Allied Health Professional: Kristine Supple, PA-C, MPH
  • Trailblazer Award: Michael L. White, LMFT


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