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Serotonin Surge eventClaire Pomeroy, CEO of UC Davis Health System, UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, was honored April 1 as a "Safety Net Hero" at Spring Break 2011.

Serotonin Surge Charities, a non-profit organization that raises money for health-care related charities, sponsored the event, which benefitted safety-net clinics in the greater Sacramento region.

It honored Pomeroy for her commitment to ensuring health care for the medically underserved.

"Claire Pomeroy is a go-getter who cares deeply about building and maintaining a sustainable health-care system that meets the needs of those in need," said Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, who introduced Pomeroy via video.

"Dean Pomeroy knows how crucial it is to address the needs of those less fortunate, and she fights for this each and every day. I cannot say enough about how inspiring and dedicated Dean Pomeroy is."

Pomeroy has supported a wide variety of events that raise funds for safety-net medical care, Serotonin Surge Charities founder and CEO John Chuck said.

Serotonin Surge eventSpring Break 2011 raised more than $300,000 for a network of more than 20 clinics that provide 125,000 patient visits per year to the medically uninsured and underinsured. The event was held at Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa and featured food and wine from area restaurants and vintners.

Last September, the 13th annual Serotonin Surge charity golf tournament was held at the Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers, the event raised more than $50,000 for the community clinics staffed by UC Davis School of Medicine’ students, Cure Breast Cancer, and the Maggi Carlile Memorial Scholarship Fund. Highlights of the day included the UC Davis Health System team led by Bill McGowan scoring an eagle on hole number 1 (a monster drive to the green followed by a 30-foot putt around the toilet seat).

Serotonin Surge eventThe $25,000 donation to UC Davis was made in honor of Dr. Ronald Jan who was recognized for his tireless volunteer leadership at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic. The money will be used to endow a Serotonin Surge scholarship for medical students who volunteer as managers at the clinics.

The cumulative fundraising total for the golf tournament stands at $425,000. The 14th annual Surge will be held at Turkey Creek on Sept. 21.

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Spring Break Event sponsors included UC Davis Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Mercy/CHW, Epic, the Aetna Foundation, SAFE Credit Union, Mikuni, Kaneski Associates, Securitas, Sacramento Magazine, Bashore Design, Ellis & Ellis, Glenda Fox Photography, Capital Public Radio, and Food, wine, and beer was donated by the Astoria Wine Group, Bourassa Vineyards, Cooper Vineyards, Fiddlehead Cellars, Heringer Estates, Michael-David Winery, Mevany Wines, Pedroncelli, Seavey Vineyard, Senders Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Spoto Wines, Sudwerks, Whitehall Lane, Yorba Wines, Chocolate Fountains Delite, Courtyard Marriott – Cal Expo, Dianda’s, Ella, Icing on the Cupcake, Lemon Grass, Matteo’s, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Mikuni, Selland’s Market, Star Ginger, and The Kitchen. Fashion show clothing was provided by Patrick James, Serendipity Boutique, and The Wardrobe.

Last fall’s charity golf event sponsors were Kaneski Associates, The Permanente Medical Group, New York Life, and UC Davis Health System. SAFE Credit Union hosted a delicious barbeque lunch, and Ellis & Ellis provided signage. Hole sponsors included Bashore Design, Bio-Rad, Harbison-Mahony-Higgins, The Lescroart Corporation, Luci Htain Regency Realty Services, Niello Motor Company, and Securitas. Cart snacks were provided by Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Professional Education & Development.

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Serotonin Surge honors Pomeroy as a ‘Safety Net Hero’

Left to right: Dave Roughton, Safe Credit Union; Carolyn Ramirez from Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office; Claire Pomeroy, CEO of UC Davis Health System; and Joe Chiodo, Sacramento magazine.

Left to right:18-hole tournament champions Vince Johnson, Bill McGowan, Chad Ryder, and John Laird from the UC Davis Health System are awarded the Jim Stiling Memorial Award by Greg Stiling (center).

Left to right: John Chuck and Kelly Kaneski present Ronald Jan with the donation to UC Davis.