Frank and Mary Ann Xavier recognized at recent Gala for their distinguished service to children
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) Foundation honored Frank and Mary Ann Xavier with the Discover Lifetime Achievement Award for their desire, motivation and devotion to improve the lives of children.
The Coachella Valley couple was presented with the award at the 24th annual Foundation Storybook Gala on Feb. 16 at the Riverside Convention Center.
“To receive this award is an incredible honor,” Frank said, “and a very important highlight in our life to get recognition from a wonderful cause like this.”
Mary Ann added, “Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is a house of miracles.”
Married for 55 years, The Xaviers have raised four kids and now have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. While their love and dedication to their family is unlike any other, so is their commitment to LLUCH.
The Xaviers have emerged as leaders, setting their own personal goals and leading by example, creating a legacy that has inspired others.
Their involvement with Loma Linda began in 2002 when Mary Ann became a founding member of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, which is committed to supporting children receiving care at LLUCH by developing programs and projects that address the critical needs of these children and their families. Mary Ann also served as president of the Desert Guild while Frank supported her as a member.
The Xaviers remain on the board of the Desert Guild and are strong influencers in the Coachella Valley.
Both served on the LLUCH Board of Directors for 10 years, with Mary Ann acting as Chair for four of those years. During that time Mary Ann enthusiastically embraced the challenge of Vision 2020, The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow – the largest and most impactful campaign at Loma Linda University Health.
As board members, the Xaviers financially supported the Loma Linda University Health steering committee, working with leadership to develop the Vision 2020 campaign.
Additionally, they have been generous financial supporters of Vision 2020 and have actively been engaged in the development of the upcoming Indio Pavilion.
"Few people have identified with the mission and culture of Loma Linda like Frank and Mary Ann,” says Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, Loma Linda University Health president. “Their participation in many events and commitment to our future is exemplary, and I am delighted to recognize them in this way."
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”