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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

Touro University California Invites You to its Inaugural Lamplighter Gala & Awards 

(Vallejo, CA) October 31, 2018: This fall, Touro University California is proud to acknowledge five community lamplighters whose work in Solano County and beyond has started a spark to light the way forward for others. The Inaugural Lamplighter Gala and Awards will be held Thursday, November 15 in Farragut Inn on Mare Island. Proceeds will support TUC’s diversity student scholarships with the goal of further diversifying healthcare and educational professionals to better reflect the communities they serve. 

WHO:   Keynote Speaker: Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General

                Emcee: Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost, Touro Western Division

                Sarah Sweitzer, PhD, Provost and CAO, Touro University California

TUC’s Community Lamplighter Awardees:

                Community Mobilization: Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore

                Education: Reverend Scott Peterson

                Health: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

                Social Justice Advocacy: Robby Poblete Foundation

Bernard Lander Alumni Award: Benjamin Abo, DO

Touro Bull Award: Buck Kamphausen, Business Owner 

WHAT: The inaugural Lamplighter Gala and Awards will honor five community members and/or organizations for lighting the path and igniting the spark that helps others find their ability to assist their community. These inaugural Community Lamplighter Awards will be awarded in the areas of health, education, community mobilization, and social justice advocacy. In addition, Dr. Benjamin Abo will receive the inaugural Bernard Lander Alumni Award for making a positive difference in their community and their respective field. An award will be presented to Buck Kamphausen, an individual who demonstrates the noble, unbeatable spirit of the Touro Bull.  Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the state, will provide a keynote address.  For a more detailed biography on Attorney General Becerra, please visit: https://advancement.tu.edu/lamplighter-biography. In addition to the keynote address and awards, there will be a live auction, cocktail reception, and full dinner. This event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

Lamplighter: California Bank and Trust, Kaiser Permanente, PG&E

Gold: Dignity Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Medic Ambulance, Northbay Healthcare, Skyview Memorial Lawn, Sutter Health

Silver: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs, Mazel Foods Inc., Murigenics Inc., Jelly Belly Candy Company, Robby Poblete Foundation

Bronze: Allied Universal, Monarch Engineers, Republic Services, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation


  • Dinner with keynote speech from Attorney General Becerra
  • Faculty, student, alumni, and donor interaction/attendance 

WHERE: TUC Campus, Farragut Inn, 1750 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592 

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018

                6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

                6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Program 

WHY: Proceeds from this event support TUC’s diversity student scholarships with the goal of diversifying healthcare and educational professionals to better reflect the communities they serve. Press will have the opportunity to mingle with Attorney General Becerra, award winners and their organizations, University faculty, alumni, students, and donors. 

REGISTRATION: The event is $180 per person.  You may register online at: https://tu.edu/lamplighter2018 or call 707-638-5205. Local media wishing to attend may contact 707-638-5272. 

SPONSORSHIP: If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, please call 707-638-5272. Both corporate and anonymous donations are allowed. 

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news