Two men who are "Hearts of Gold" who enrich the community through their good works, selfless dedication and commitment to health will be honored Nov. 18-19 in Hood River.
Each year, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors health care professionals and community members whose golden hearts shine brightly. This year's recipients include J. Kyle House, D.D.S., from A Kidz Dental Zone, and Gordy Sato, a Parkdale orchardist.
House and Sato were honored first at the Providence Hearts of Gold benefit luncheon on Friday, a process that continues with the Hearts of Gold Gala Saturday, at the Best Western Hood River Inn.
Throughout his career, House has been a steadfast advocate for quality dental care for all children. His passion and dedication show in his involvement with many state and national pediatric dentistry boards and organizations.
House provides hundreds of free dental screenings for uninsured children each year throughout Columbia Gorge communities. Along with other providers, he is a participant in the Gorge Dental Access Coalition, giving underserved youth in our community access to dental care.
Sato has deep roots in the Columbia Gorge. As a third-generation orchardist and active community volunteer, he has a strong commitment to serving his neighbors. He supports numerous organizations by volunteering his time, and sharing his smile, his enthusiasm and his infectious positive energy.
"We are truly blessed to have him in our community," says Susan Frost, executive director of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The Hearts of Gold events are open to the public. In addition to honoring Hearts of Gold award winners, guests at the gala will be treated to an evening featuring a Casablanca-themed décor, appetizers and a seated dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing with local band Bigfoot.
A limited number of tickets are available for both events and can be purchased by calling 541-387-6950.
All proceeds benefit the Julie Beliel Cancer Screening Voucher Program, which gives people who are underinsured and uninsured access to early cancer screenings.