Building a Culture of Health: Annual Benefit and Award Soiree

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Watch the 2020 virtual award ceremony. use access code 2x%Fc7@4 to view.

Following Mr. Rather’s passing, his family created the Phil Rather Memorial Endowment Fund to honor his memory and support the DHC. Across nearly 15 years, the Rather Endowment Fund has been instrumental in sustaining access to DHC services.

Help us Grow the Rather Memorial Endowment

The Community Health Trust instituted the Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare in 1999 to honor Mr. Rather’s legacy of service to the community.  

For three decades, Phil Rather advocated for access to healthcare for Pájaro Valley residents, especially those facing economic and social barriers. He championed the creation of the Community Health Trust’s Diabetes Health Center, which has filled a significant gap in diabetes prevention and self-management education services for the community. 

The annual Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to health and quality of life in Pajaro Valley. 


Past recipients of the Rather Award include:

2020 Dr. Michelle Rodriguez and Teen Kitchen Project
2019 Dr. Amy McEntee and Georgina Ibarra & Matt Nathanson, Homeless Persons’ Health Project
2018 Dr. Michele Violich and Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
2017 Eleanor Littman and FoodWhat?!
2016 Paul Furman and the Watsonville Family YMCA
2015 Dr. Stanley Hajduk and the Community Alliance of Family Farmers
2014 Chila Correa and Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
2013 Dr. Miguel Vasquez and Dientes Community Dental Services
2012 Cathy Cavanaugh, MS, RD, Community Bridges WIC and The Fitness 4 Life Program of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District
2011 Dori Rose Inda and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
2010 Thea Luiten, RN and The Child and Family Development Programs of the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center
2009 Mary Solari and Ginny Solari Mazry and The Richard and Mary Solari Charitable Trust and Jovenes SANOS
2008 Kathleen Kilpatrick, RN at Watsonville High School and the Healthy Kids Program of Santa Cruz County
2007 Dr. George Wolfe and the Youth Resource Bank of Santa Cruz County
2006 Mary Boyd and The Central California Alliance for Health
2005 Ed and Doris Mann and Hospice Caring Project of Santa Cruz County
2004 Salud Para La Gente
2003 Jorge Sanchez, Si Se Puede and the Watsonville Community Hospital Service League
2002 Bonnie Gutierrez
2001 Dr. Janet Bell
2000 The DiCicco Family of Watsonville
1999 Phil Rather