Embodying the ‘Pulse’ of Sonoma Valley’s philanthropic community

Posted on January 28, 2020 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation has announced that Nancy Cline and Yong Liu, MD (above left) and Nancy Cline will receive the organization’s Pulse Award, given each year to recognize outstanding Sonoma Valley women who have made significant contributions to the community through their volunteerism, community involvement and philanthropy. 

Cline and Liu will be honored at the Foundation’s 15th annual Celebration of Women luncheon on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m. at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma.  Proceeds from the event benefit women’s health and wellness programs at Sonoma Valley Hospital, including Project Pink which funds mammograms for uninsured women each October.  

“Our two honorees this year exemplify the generous and strong community spirit that makes the Sonoma Valley such a special place,” said Dave Pier, executive director of the Hospital Foundation. “Both Nancy and Yong are being honored in recognition of the tremendous impact they have had on the community; Nancy through her long-term volunteer engagement and philanthropy, and Dr. Liu through her commitment to her patients, the hospital and the healthcare community.”

Tickets for the luncheon are available at the Foundation’s website,, as is more information on the event. Tickets cost $125. To make a donation in honor of any of the honorees or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia Cervone at 707.935.5331 or [email protected]

“The Hospital Foundation is grateful to the community for supporting its programs and this event,” notes Pier. “We are fortunate this year to have Nancy Lilly and Mia Pucci providing leadership as co-chairs for Celebration of Women 2020.”  

About This Year’s Honorees

Nancy Cline is president of The John Christopher Bunting Foundation and has been active in supporting numerous nonprofits in Sonoma Valley as well as Sonoma County, including Sonoma Valley Hospital, Vintage House, Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma Sister Cities, Vintners & Growers Alliance, Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, Northbay Learning Foundation, Sonoma Community Center, The Fund for American Studies, and Historical Society.

Yong Liu, MD immigrated to US in 1984 after graduating from medical school in Shanghai, China. She then earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco. She practiced as a clinical pharmacist for several years at SF General Hospital, but felt she could better serve her patients as a physician. She then completed internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center and has practiced as a board-certified internist in Sonoma since 2001. 



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