Hearts of Gold

Saturday, March 11, 2023

We are happy to announce our 2023 Hearts of Gold event is returning to its traditional early spring date.

2023 Hearts of Gold

Saturday, March 11


Come on down!

Join us for a fun-filled evening of games, dinner and inspiration when Hearts of Gold shifts back to its traditional early-spring date. 

We’ll honor our 2023 Hearts of Gold winners and raise funds for rural-focused family medicine training at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

6 p.m. Cocktail reception and silent auction

7 p.m. Dinner and program

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 E. Marina Drive
Hood River

Purchase tickets or tables online at ProvidenceFoundations.org/hoodriverheartsofgold.

Sponsorships are available now.

Questions? Contact Brandi at 541-387-6242 or brandi.sheppard@providence.org.

COVID-19 and flu remain present in our community. Vaccinations are effective in preventing serious disease, and we encourage you to stay up to date on your vaccines. Masking at this event will be optional. If you do not feel well or have symptoms of COVID or flu, please stay home to help others remain safe.

Meet our 2023 Honorees

Terri Vann’s 36-year career in education has covered all the bases – 18 years of teaching, 12 years as a vice-principal or principal, and six years as director of Instruction and Special Programs. Since retiring in 2012, Terri fills her time with volunteer work.

Terri joined the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2022 and will serve as president this year.

Terri and her husband, John, love to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. Terri, your energy and commitment to this community demonstrate your Heart of Gold! Thank you for serving.


A self-described “hippie” in high school in Painesville, Ohio, Connie Serra found her focus during college, becoming president of the Future Physicians Club at the University of Akron. While in medical school at The Ohio State University, she participated in a summer program involving migrant health care and discovered her life’s calling to rural family medicine.

Since moving to the Gorge with her son in 2001, Dr. Serra has been devoted to family medicine and obstetrics care.

Thank you, Dr. Serra, for serving thousands of patients with remarkable energy and passion and for mentoring young physicians in the field that you love.

Dr. Orlando Acosta is a true advocate for patients. Being both bilingual and bicultural, Dr. Acosta cares for some of the most vulnerable patients and families in our community.

Since arriving in Hood River 23 years ago, he has delivered hundreds of babies and serves as an on-call specialist in cesarean birth.

Dr. Acosta loves the Hood River region. When not caring for patients or teaching medical residents, he spends time with his wife and their three daughters, challenges himself on mountain bike and ski trails, and plays bass guitar with local groups.

Thank you, Dr. Acosta, for being a true person of Providence!

Thank you to our generous 2023 sponsors!

text list of sponsors for the event