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  1. The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC) Donates Over $500,000 to Natividad Medical Foundation (NMF)

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    TALC has donated more than $1.67 million to NMF since 2010

    Salinas, CA (March, 2015) – John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of CA, and the members of The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC) presented their largest check to date – $500,500 – to Natividad Medical Foundation (NMF) at their Annual Donor Celebration on Thursday, March 5. TALC’s gifts will help Natividad purchase medical equipment and provide spiritual care and indigenous interpreting services. TALC, founded by D’Arrigo in 2010, has grown to 134 members and has donated more than $1.67 million to Natividad. TALC was honored as the Outstanding Philanthropic Service Organization at the Central Coast’s National Philanthropy Day in November 2014 at Pebble Beach’s Inn at Spanish Bay.

    John D’Arrigo said, “We know that by giving to Natividad, we can literally change and save the lives of agricultural workers and their families every day. I think having the Trauma Center at Natividad offers an exciting new opportunity for the whole community to help Natividad in its mission.”

    Mike Haynes, President of The Haynes Charitable Foundation and Cinderella Carpet One, a family-owned, Salinas-based business since 1947, also announced a gift to Natividad of $300,000. A big piece of that gift – $170,000 – goes to TALC. Haynes said, “As I’ve learned more about Natividad, I’ve seen the great need. I’ve also seen an amazing impact with the money I’ve given through TALC and how it has been spent to help patients.” The additional $130,000 from Haynes will support the child sexual abuse clinic, “TraumaMan” simulation training equipment, Child Passenger Seat certification by Safe Kids and the Patient Greatest Needs Fund.

    The March 5 event also marked the one year anniversary of NMF’s Indigenous Interpreting+. “Indigenous Interpreting+ was launched by Driscoll’s and TALC last year and has already grown from 4 interpreters to more than 200 and from 3 languages to more than 13,” according to Linda Ford, President & CEO of Natividad Medical Foundation. Ford says six indigenous interpreters have completed 6-month paid internships, and two more are currently interning at Natividad.

    Event sponsors included Comerica Bank and SSB Construction.

    About Natividad Medical Foundation
    Natividad Medical Foundation philanthropically supports the programs and services of Natividad Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Salinas, California. Natividad Medical Foundation is passionate about raising funds to support access to healthcare for babies, children and families in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. Established in 1988, Natividad Medical Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, visit www.natividadfoundation.org.

    About Natividad Medical Center
    Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute care hospital owned and operated by Monterey County. As the safety-net hospital providing healthcare to the residents of Monterey County for over 129 years, Natividad provides healthcare access to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital operates with a medical staff of over 300 physicians and has several specialty clinics and outpatient primary care clinics operated by the Monterey County Health Department. Natividad Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries.

  2. Over $880,000 Donated to Natividad Medical Foundation at Annual Event

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    Funds will support violence and injury prevention programs of the Natividad Trauma Center, medical equipment and other basic needs

    Salinas, CA (March, 2015) – Linda Ford, President & CEO of Natividad Medical Foundation, says, “What a wonderful celebration tonight! The Agricultural Leadership Council reached another milestone this year, we’ve raised $750,000 for Natividad Trauma Center’s CHOICE violence intervention and prevention program, and The Haynes Charitable Foundation surprised us with a $300,000 gift that will help us meet the most basic needs of Natividad’s patients.”

    John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of CA, presented The Agricultural Leadership Council’s largest check to date – $500,500 – to help Natividad purchase medical equipment and provide spiritual care and indigenous interpreting services. The March 5 event marked the one year anniversary of NMF’s Indigenous Interpreting+. TALC, founded by D’Arrigo in 2010, has grown to 134 members and has donated more than $1.67 million to Natividad.

    Mike Haynes, President of The Haynes Charitable Foundation and Cinderella Carpet One, a family-owned, Salinas-based business since 1947, also announced a gift to Natividad of $300,000. A big piece of that gift – $170,000 – goes to TALC, and the additional $130,000 from Haynes will support the child sexual abuse clinic, “TraumaMan” simulation training equipment, Child Passenger Seat certification by Safe Kids and the Patient Greatest Needs Fund.

    Five Monterey County organizations – Building Healthy Communities-East Salinas, The California Endowment; Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP); Four Cities for Peace (4C4P); Monterey County Administrative Office, Office of Community Engagement and Advocacy; and the Seaside Blue Ribbon Panel – were honored as the 2015 NMF Hero Award recipients for their contributions to continually improving the health status of the people of Monterey County.

    The event also featured the introduction of the new hospital-linked violence intervention and prevention program of the Natividad Trauma Center – CHOICE – designed to promote positive alternatives to violence to reduce retaliation and re-injury among youth and young adults injured by violence. Gary Gray, DO, Interim CEO at Natividad says, “CHOICE is unique in the nation, because they are providing peer intervention specialists 24/7. They can get to the bedside within 15 minutes. That’s important, because they can reach a lot more young people during the very brief ‘teachable moment’ after a violent injury.”

    Barnet Segal Charitable Trust’s William Brodsley and Stu Berman surprised the crowd with the announcement of a $250,000 grant to NMF for CHOICE program participants’ mental health needs. NMC’s Chief of Psychiatry and Monterey County Behavioral Health Medical Director, David Soskin, MD, noted, “The impact of violent trauma can last a lifetime. The grant from the Barnet Segal Charitable Trust will allow us to address the need for a clinician who has specialty training in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma for victims of violence enrolled in CHOICE.” CHOICE was launched in January with funds from the Claire Giannini Fund and the City of Salinas CalGRIP grant, and the program has already enrolled 14 young victims of violence.

    Manny González, Assistant County Administrative Officer, Office of Community Engagement & Advocacy said, “I am humbled to be recognized along with a group of people and community organizations throughout the County who are working diligently to reduce violence in our communities.”

    The evening also featured the unveiling of the new Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA) exhibition, “Plein Air Art: Healing Waters – Calming Seas”. The 67 paintings in the show depict the various moods of the Monterey Bay waters. This year, 30% of the proceeds of painting sales donated by the artists support Chaplains at Natividad Medical Center. MBPAPA was recognized as one of Monterey County Arts Council’s 2014 “Champions of the Arts”.

    Event sponsors included Comerica Bank and SSB Construction.

    About Natividad Medical Foundation
    Natividad Medical Foundation philanthropically supports the programs and services of Natividad Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Salinas, California. Natividad Medical Foundation is passionate about raising funds to support access to healthcare for babies, children and families in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. Established in 1988, Natividad Medical Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, visit www.natividadfoundation.org.

    About Natividad Medical Center
    Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute care hospital owned and operated by Monterey County. As the safety-net hospital providing healthcare to the residents of Monterey County for over 129 years, Natividad provides healthcare access to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital operates with a medical staff of over 300 physicians and has several specialty clinics and outpatient primary care clinics operated by the Monterey County Health Department. Natividad Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries.

     

     

     

  3. The Agricultural Leadership Council Receives National Philanthropy Day Award for Support of Natividad Medical Center

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    Salinas, CA, December 18, 2014 – The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC), a collective of leading Salinas Valley agricultural businesses and farm families, was recently honored at the 23rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards in Pebble Beach as this year’s Outstanding Philanthropic Service Organization. The award acknowledges TALC’s contributions of more than $1.25 million to date in philanthropic support to Natividad Medical Center ­– ranging from breast cancer detection devices and critical care incubators for premature infants to Natividad Medical Foundation’s groundbreaking Indigenous Interpreting+ healthcare interpreting program.

     

    TALC represents more than 125 members in the Salinas Valley, including D’Arrigo Bros. Co of Ca., Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms and NewStar, “TALC is all about farm families and the companies that service and supply the agricultural industry helping agricultural workers and their families with their healthcare needs,” said TALC founder John D’Arrigo, a third-generation Salinas Valley grower and President  & CEO of D’Arrigo Bros. “TALC is extremely pleased that the community recognizes the need to philanthropically support Natividad Medical Center and values our commitment to Natividad.”

     

    Natividad Medical Foundation’s Indigenous Interpreting+ program is one of the few indigeneous language interpreting programs in the United States. With support from TALC, Indigenous Interpreting+ provides trained interpreters to serve indigenous people hospitalized at Natividad Medical Center who speak Mixteco, Zapoteco, Triqui and other native languages.

     

    Mixteco, Triqui, Chatino and Zapoteco are among the top seven languages most commonly spoken by patients at Natividad Medical Center, the safety net hospital serving Monterey County, where more than 27,000 indigenous people live and work in “America’s Salad Bowl.” Since its launch in March 2014, Indigenous Interpreting+ has provided 1,000 indigenous language interpreting sessions for patients at Natividad Medical Center, including nearly 500 for indigenous languages.

     

    When it comes to medical issues, cultural variations can be extreme. For example, the word “tuberculosis” means “a demon in my throat” in one Zapotec variant but not in another.  A study by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2012 analyzed interpreter errors that had clinical consequences, and found that the error rate was significantly lower for professional interpreters than for ad hoc interpreters — 12 percent as opposed to 22 percent.

     

    About The Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC)

    Since 2010, TALC has purchased over 90 pieces of medical equipment for Natividad Medical Center, ranging from breast cancer detection devices to critical care incubators for premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  TALC members are inspired by founder John D’Arrigo’s vision for improving the health status of agricultural workers and their families through a genuine understanding of the good that can be achieved when competitors and partners join together for the shared purpose of philanthropically supporting Natividad.

     

    About National Philanthropy Day

    National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside in November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy — and those people active in the philanthropic community — to the enrichment of our world. National Philanthropy Day® provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. Last year, more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America.
    About Natividad Medical Foundation:
    Natividad Medical Foundation philanthropically supports programs that continually improve the health status of the people in Monterey County through access to essential healthcare services regardless of ability to pay. Natividad Medical Foundation is passionate about raising funds to support access to healthcare for babies, children and families in our community. Established in 1988, Natividad Medical Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, visit http://www.natividadfoundation.org.

  4. D’Arrigo Brothers Adds Three New Members to Sales Team

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    SALINAS, CA –

    D’Arrigo Brothers Co. of California is growing its sales team with the addition of three new team members. Marcus Adame, Michelle Georgalos and Charlie Domalaog have all been hired as Sales Assistants.

    Marcus is a graduate from Westmont College where he majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. In college, he played baseball and worked as a medical assistant as well as interning in the crisis unit at Natividad Hospital.

    Prior to this new position, Michelle held positions in Safeway’s produce department, at Salinas Union High School District where she worked with at-risk-youth and at Pro*Act as an account manager.

    Charlie spent 18 years at Grainger Industrial Supply before joining D’Arrigo Brothers. He also spent 9 years with Chieftain Harvesting.

    D’Arrigo Bros. D’Arrigo is dedicated to growing its business while focusing on its employees. The company’s website quotes John D’Arrigo, President, as saying, “We pride ourselves on building life-long relationships with our employees, some of which have been with the company for decades.”

    Congratulations on these new positions Marcus, Michelle and Charlie!

    See the full article at And NOW UKNOW, http://tinyurl.com/mal3mcc

  5. Andy Boy Organic Romaine Hearts

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    D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of CA is expanding its Romaine Heart line by launching an Andy Boy Organic Romaine Heart 12×3.  As with the conventional Andy Boy Romaine Heart program, D’Arrigo is committed to become a premier Organic Romaine Heart supplier in the industry.

    “We are very proud and excited about the roll out of our new Andy Boy Organic Romaine Heart 12×3,” states Matt Amaral, Director of Business Development.  “We are expanding our business to meet the Organic needs within the industry and we are in the process of capitalizing on our land equity to become a sustainable player in this category.”

    “Our new Andy Boy Organic Romaine Heart box and bag have a new look that is very popular among our customers, we are getting positive feedback on the new colors and the boot of Italy on the back of the bag,” states John Scherpinski, Director of Sales.  The D’Arrigo family emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s and the bag shares their nostalgia and pride for their hometown of Messina, Sicily.

    The Andy Boy Organic Romaine Heart 12×3 program is USDA certified allowing them to sell nationally and internationally.

    For more information about D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of CA please visit – dev.andyboy.com