Encore achieves goal, sets sights on $1M for Dan Brown Legacy Fund






As soon as Community Medical Centers’ Encore philanthropic group celebrated reaching its goal of $250,000 for the Dan Brown Legacy Fund, they immediately raised the bar to $1 million.

Vincent Ricchiuti, leader of Encore, said that the winning combination of volunteers and donors, plus the importance of funding the Central California Neuroscience Institute at Community Regional Medical Center were the reasons behind their decision. But it was the legacy of late Fresno State football coach Dan Brown that initially motivated them to reach out and help others.

“Dan Brown’s compassion, devotion, and graciousness inspired each and every one of us,” Ricchiuti said. “We felt raising these funds were a wonderful way to honor a great man.”

The Legacy Fund was established to honor Fresno State football coach Dan Brown who lost his two-year battle with brain cancer in 2009. The fund supports the Central California Neuroscience Institute at Community Regional in downtown Fresno. The Institute is a collaboration of Community Regional, UCSF Fresno and private physicians and includes a team of experts providing care to patients’ throughout the state. It is the only teaching, research and treatment institute for complex neurological conditions in the Valley.

“We are so pleased and proud that these funds will allow patients to be treated right here in Fresno surrounded by their family and friends,” Ricchiuti said.

Jennifer Avila-Allen reported this story. She can be reached at MedWatchToday@CommunityMedical.org.