“Spring for Health” Dinner Draws Key Crowd in San Diego

A conference room filled with attendees of Bastyr University Calinfornia's Spring for Health dinner.

On Friday April 10, 2015, more than 150 people attended Bastyr University California’s first scholarship fundraising dinner at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, California.

Honorary hosts Jerrry and Ingrid Hoffmeister welcomed guests, who were treated to a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation by Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD, who emphasized the importance of practicing “slow medicine.” Dr. Sweet, who is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco as well as an accomplished historian and author, presented her vision of “slow medicine” to the audience and said that while there was a time and place for immediate and urgent care, there also needs to be opportunities for the body to heal itself on its own, one of the tenants of naturopathic medicine.

The dinner was an opportunity for those interested in natural health, including local civic and business leaders and philanthropists, to learn more about Bastyr University California, which has been steadily growing since it opened its doors in the fall of 2012.

The proceeds from the event raised funds for California student scholarships and guests were treated to moving remarks from Jahaz Shine, a naturopathic medicine candidate at the San Diego campus. She eloquently relayed what it has meant to her to have received scholarships that help make her education at Bastyr possible, and she shared her vision of how she will use this training to improve the health of the community. Attendees left feeling positive about their contributions and the future of naturopathic medicine in California.

Event sponsors included: Barlean’s, U.S. Bank, Carlson, Choice Organic Teas, Bragg Live Foods, Health Concerns, Healthpoint, as well as community partner LaVita Compounding Pharmacy. ABC News10 anchor Robert Santos was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.