Pathways to Hold Silver Anniversary One From the Heart Awards Breakfast

Nationally renowned radio broadcaster Michael Krasny will be the featured speaker for the October 29th breakfast honoring leadership in healthcare and philanthropy

SUNNYVALE, CA. September 15, 2015 – Pathways Home Health & Hospice today announced it will hold its 25th annual One From the Heart Awards Breakfast to raise vital funds for healthcare services and honor leadership in healthcare and philanthropy. The event will be held on October 29, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabana at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. One of the premier fundraising events on the Peninsula, the breakfast attracts nearly 650 supporters. Over the past 25 years, the event has generated more than $5 million to fund critical healthcare programs.

This year’s featured speaker is nationally renowned radio broadcaster Michael Krasny, Ph.D., host of KQED’s Forum. Early in his stellar tenure in radio, Krasny produced some of the first programs about hospice in the Bay Area and has continued the public dialogue about this critical topic. Krasny follows a long line of distinguished past presenters at the breakfast who have been a big draw for the event. Led by Dave Dravecky, San Francisco Giants pitcher and cancer survivor, past speakers include author Isabel Allende, Olympic champion Peggy Fleming, author Mitch Albom, and retired CIA agent Tony Mendez, author of the book and Oscar-winning movie, Argo.

Each year Pathways honors community members who have made a significant contribution to healthcare. Rita Williams, retired KTVU Channel 2 News reporter and recipient of multiple Emmy, Peabody, and Murrow awards, will again lead the breakfast as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s Leadership in Healthcare Award will be presented to one of the most distinguished physicians in the Bay Area, Dr. Richard Slavin, CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Long-time Pathways supporters, Dr. Slavin and his wife Sally reside in Los Altos. Pathways Foundation Board Chair Mark Kelsey, senior vice president of Pacific Midwest Regional Banking at Wells Fargo, will receive the Leadership in Healthcare Philanthropy Award. Kelsey and his wife Kathy, who reside in Santa Clara, became involved with hospice after assisting a neighbor who received care from Pathways. Notable past honorees include John and Susan Sobrato, Faith Fancher, and media personality Dr. Dean Edell.

“We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support from local businesses, the medical community and the people we serve. Their generosity has enabled us to provide an exceptional level of care to those in need of healthcare at home,” said Pathways CEO Barbara Burgess. “This silver anniversary of the breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for the community to find out more about who we are, hear an outstanding speaker, support critical services, and enjoy a great social event. We invite you to celebrate with us.”

Tables of 10 and individual seats are available at 408.730.1200 or via email at

Sponsors for the event include El Camino Healthcare District, Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Rambus Inc., Barney & Barney, Stanford Children’s Health, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Palo Alto Commons, California Home Medical Equipment, Prodigy Press, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, and Alhouse Deaton Management and Leasing, Inc. The lead challenge grant donor is Wells Fargo.

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice

Non-profit, community-based Pathways has been a pioneer in home health, hospice and palliative care since 1977 and has offices in Sunnyvale, South San Francisco, and Oakland. Pathways serves over 5000 families annually in five Bay Area counties ensuring patients receive the highest quality of patient and family-centered care, with kindness and respect, comfort, independence and dignity. Pathways can care for patients at home, or in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.

Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The ACHC and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Pathways was a 2015 recipient of the Pilot Pioneer Award by Aging2.0, a worldwide “start-up accelerator” with a mission to fast-track innovations for improving the lives of older people, at their Global Innovation Summit.

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