Dignity Health Foundation celebrates kindness, raises funds to improve health care at fourth annual Humankindness Gala

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president of Catholic Health Association, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at Dignity Health Foundation's 2019 Humankindness Gala.

Dignity Health Foundation hosted its fourth annual Humankindness Gala on May 16 to showcase kindness and to support building healthy communities, raising over $1.6 million.

The theme of this year’s event was, Together, Illuminating Infinite Possibilities, and it was showcased throughout the evening at San Francisco City Hall through moving guest speakers, musical performances, and rousing video. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the gala are used to advance health care in San Francisco and across the nation.

CommonSpirit Health CEOs Lloyd Dean and Kevin Lofton were in attendance at the gala and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president of Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA), in honor of the significant advances and achievements she has made in health care. Throughout her career, Sr. Carol has worked to ensure health care coverage for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Speakers and guests shared personal stories throughout the evening that showed how Sr. Carol has continually used her voice to stand up for what is right and good in this world, even if it wasn’t the popular view.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed helped to kick off the event by proclaiming May 16 Humankindness Day. The evening was closed with a Concert for Kindness featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Boyz II Men.

The 2019 Humankindness Gala at San Francisco City Hall.

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, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, the foundation supports investments in people that help them live with dignity and hope.

“Serving the most vulnerable among us is a cause that unites Clinic by the Bay with the work of Dignity Health Foundation,” says Janet Reilly, gala co-chair, foundation board of directors member, and founder of Clinic by the Bay. “We both know that we can make a lasting impact on people’s health by addressing the major social issues facing our communities. And even though that charge can feel overwhelming and at times unwieldy, we believe that we have to do it. Because it is the right thing to do.”

Dignity Health Foundation’s core initiatives address public health issues that have dramatically higher prevalence in underserved communities. These initiatives include: ending human trafficking, confronting postpartum depression, championing concussion education, and improving health equity.

At the heart of these initiatives is the goal to empower people to lead healthier and happier lives, says Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers and chairman of the foundation board.

“Serving as the chair of the Dignity Health Foundation board has helped me experience first-hand how I can make a difference in people’s lives,” he says. “The concept that every person has inherent worth and dignity is what our organization was built on and what makes it so special.”