Bert and Candace Forbes (center) received the 2015 Louis Tedone, MD Humanitarian Award. Shown with Reese Davies, Foundation Board Chair (left) and Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO of French Hospital.
Bert and Candace Forbes
2015 Louis Tedone, MD Humanitarian Award Recipients
Bert and Candace Forbes are quietly leaving a generous footprint on our community through their passion for philanthropy and civic leadership.For over 20 years, Bert and Candace were dedicated business and civic leaders making their mark on the technology industry and creating a family oriented environment for their employees. When their company, Ziatech, was sold in 2000, they continued as strong community advocates supporting countless non-profits such as Cal Poly, French Hospital Medical Center, the Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College, United Way, Woods Humane Society and SLO Museum of Art. Most recently, Bert and Candace made a significant gift to support the new Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo being spearheaded by the Community Action Partnership.
Bert’s community service was recognized in 2006 when the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. In 2008, Candace received Cuesta College’s Women of Distinction Award for her philanthropic efforts. As visionary philanthropists, Bert and Candace continue to make a difference in the quality of life for all residents of San Luis Obispo County.
French Hospital Medical Center is forever grateful for the visionary support of its cardiac services by three local families that led to the creation of the Copeland, Forbes and Rossi Cardiac Care Center. French Hospital was named a Top 50 Cardiac Hospital in the nation by Truven Health Analytics in 2012-2013.
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