Dignity Health Foundation celebrates humankindness, demonstrates impact on health of community

Proceeds from the second annual Humankindness Gala support human trafficking, postpartum depression and concussion education    

Humankindness Gala 2017 raises nearly $1.5 million to support healthier communities.SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 19, 2017 – Dignity Health Foundation hosted its second annual Humankindness Gala on May 18 to showcase kindness and to address social issues facing communities served by Dignity Health, raising nearly $1.4 million. San Francisco City Hall was transformed with a 15-foot tall “tree of kindness” in the rotunda, which guests made bloom throughout the evening by adding their wishes of kindness.

A very special performance by Beach Blanket Babylon kicked off the program, with a San Francisco icon paying tribute to generous individuals and organizations who invest in the work of the foundation. British-born singer Sam Wills – rapidly becoming one of the hottest artists in the United Kingdom – was on hand to close out the evening with a concert.

The gala also recognized that kindness can be offered by all of us with the Everyday Hero award – acknowledging extraordinary acts that epitomize humankindness.

Dignity Health Foundation is a public, charitable foundation that was created to help solve major social issues and address health disparities facing our communities. In partnership with Dignity Health, California’s largest health care system, the foundation supports investments in people that help them live with dignity and hope.

“As a society, we are compelled to support those who are most vulnerable among us. We must not only be in a community, but of a community. Dignity Health and our foundation – with the help of its generous benefactors and supporters – are addressing the issues most impacting the health of our communities.” said Lloyd H. Dean, President and CEO, Dignity Health and President, Dignity Health Foundation.

Dignity Health Foundation’s 2017 core initiatives address public health issues that have dramatically higher prevalence in underserved communities. These initiatives include:

Ending human trafficking: Dignity Health is training its care teams to identify victims and connect them to resources that restore health, freedom, and hope for a better life.

Championing concussion education: Dignity Health is empowering student athletes to recognize and respond to early signs of concussion.

Confronting postpartum depression: Dignity Health is raising awareness, educating communities, and providing maternal health services to help these families in need.

At the heart of all of these initiatives is the goal to empower people to lead healthier and happier lives.

“Being the chair of the Dignity Health Foundation board has helped me experience first-hand how I can make a difference in so many people’s lives. Over the last year, the foundation has made great strides to help victims of human trafficking find paths to a new life; to educate students about concussions; and to ensure that moms don’t have to struggle in silence if they suffer from postpartum depression. I believe in the work we’re doing here.” Said Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers and Chairman, Dignity Health Foundation.