Bert and Candace Forbes, community advocates, to be honored by French Hospital

Bert and Candace Forbes
Bert and Candace Forbes Courtesy photo

French Hospital Medical Center will honor local community advocates Bert and Candace Forbes with the Louis Tedone M.D. Humanitarian Award at its 10th annual foundation gala on Oct. 10.

The Forbes were selected because of their outstanding service to the community, passion for philanthropy and civic leadership, according to a hospital news release.

In 2000, the Forbeses sold their company Ziatech, which produced and sold hardware, software and Internet applications to telecommunications companies. They have continuously supported numerous nonprofits.

In addition, the Forbeses supported the creation of the new Copeland, Forbes and Rossi Cardiac Care Center at French Medical Center, according to the news release.

Bert Forbes was named the 2005 Citizen of the Year by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce for his community service and Candace Forbes was honored with a Women of Distinction Award in 2008 from Cuesta College for her philanthropic efforts, according to the release.

The Louis Tedone M.D. Humanitarian Award — created in 2006 to honor a local provider or advocate for a lifetime of dedication to health care and improving the community's health — is named after Tedone for his 35-year career providing health care to the San Luis Obispo community.

Past recipients include Jim Copeland; John and Sandy Dunn; Jim Sargen; Frank and Betsey Kelton; Phyllis Madonna; Jac Pedersen, D.D.S.; Steve Hearst; Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao; Rob Rossi; and Dr. Louis Tedone.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the new Copeland Health Education Pavilion. The facility will be devoted to health education for health care professionals and the community and to cutting-edge scientific health care informatics and prevention research, according to the news release.

French Hospital Medical Center raised $384,000 at its 2014 Celebration of Caring Gala. So far, the fundraising galas have raised more than $1.35 million for programs and services benefiting the patients of French Hospital Medical Center.