Benefactors' Ball

Cephas Bard Award Ceremony

Photograph of Cephas Bard

Dr. Cephas L. Bard moved to rural San Buenaventura in 1868 after serving as a surgeon in the Civil War. In 1901 he and his brother built the first private hospital in Ventura County — Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, which is now known as Community Memorial Hospital.

The Cephas Bard award honors those who enhance the reputation and quality of Community Memorial Hospital.

2020 Cephas Bard Award Honorees

Thomas Brugman, M.D.

Physician of the Year

Dr. Brugman is a leading Pulmonologist and has been an integral member of the CMH Critical Care Team since starting his practice in 1984. He enjoys living in Ventura and is a strong advocate for community based healthcare in Ventura County.

Mel Cheatham, M.D.

Retired Physician of the Year

A neurosurgeon, professor and author, Dr. Cheatham has served this community since 1966. He has shared his healing talents throughout the world conducting lifesaving medical missions in many war-torn and poverty-stricken countries.

Jim and Tish Harris

Community Leaders of the Year

Well-known, long-time philanthropists in Ventura County, Jim & Tish are strong supporters of Community Memorial Hospital. Their numerous gift s over the years have supported the health system’s mission of providing exemplary care for the residents we serve.

Supporting Community Memorial Hospital

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is proud to present the 48th annual Benefactors’ Ball. We invite you to sit back, relax, and join the friendly skies for a delightful evening of sharing valued friendships, fine cuisine, and music that makes us want to take off and dance.

The Benefactors’ Ball has a rich history of supporting the hospital’s greatest needs such as cutting-edge equipment and funding vital programs and services. Your support of this year’s event will propel us into the future and keep CMH a strong medical facility that is ready to serve our community now and for generations to come.

With your support, the sky is the limit!

Event Details

6:00 p.m.Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m.Dinner, Cephas Bard Awards, Live Auction & Dancing

Cocktail or 1940’s theme attire encouraged