For the fourth year in a row, Palmer College’s West Campus played a prominent role in the 8th annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving morning tradition that brought another record-breaking turnout of approx. 25,000 participants to downtown San Jose for a charity event that raised a record $1.2 million for the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, the Children’s Health Initiative and Second Harvest Food Bank.
The SVTT is organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers – including Palmer College’s West Campus -- on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment.
The Palmer Spine once again provided “the backbone” of the SVTT; the West Sports Council provided pre- and post-event care for nearly 200 participants; and the West Campus was honored as one of the “Fittest Firms” in the Silicon Valley, for having the largest number of registrants in the “small company” division (25-100 employees).
“I’d like to thank all West students, staff and faculty, as well as their family members and friends, who took time from their Thanksgiving holiday to help carry The Spine, and to our team of Sports Council clinicians and students who provided sports care services for participants,” said Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president.
“For the fourth year in a row, the net result of our high-profile presence and collective efforts in a high-participation event provided an effective way to promote Palmer and connect with our community, which results in the general public gaining a clear understanding about chiropractic, and recognition of chiropractors as the primary care professional for spinal health and well-being.”
"From the 'running spine' to the pre-and post-race chiropractic services for our athletes, Palmer College's amazing support of our Silicon Valley Turkey Trot for four straight years has been incredible," said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO and Turkey Trot Founder Carl Guardino.
"Palmer College faculty and students epitomize community engagement that we hope more small and mid-sized companies will emulate."
West Campus participation in the 2012 SVTT was coordinated by Chuck Bustillos, West Campus director of Communications, and Lisa Davis, executive assistant, President’s Office.
West Campus students who helped carry The Spine and the Palmer banner included: Bahareh Alinaghi, Ashley Chen, Becca Dyer, Prabhyjyot Gil, Jordan Jiunta, Daniel King, Courtney McKinney, Matt Moore, Alain Nicolas-David, Alireza Ostovar, Juan Sanchez, Patrick Silva, and Water Su.
West Campus faculty and staff who helped carry The Spine included: Lisa Davis (President’s Office), Dr. Arlene Luckock (West faculty), Maggie Quinonez (Clinic staff), Tanya Rodriquez (Clinic staff), Dr. Morgan Young (West, ’07, faculty), and Dr. Randy Waters (West faculty clinician).
This year marked the first time for non-faculty West alumni to help carry The Spine. West alumna (’11) Dr. Bethanne Baretich returned to carry the sacrum for the second year in a row (last year as a student), and Dr. Jesse Young (West ’04) made her SV Turkey Trot debut with husband, West alum and faculty member Dr. Morgan Young.
Sports Council interns included Jesus Cazares, Bryan Kim, Micaiah Meuer, Carolyn O'Meara, Supreet Shah and Shannon Snow. Other Sports Council members who assisted at this year’s event included Sawyer Hildebrant, Jen Morris, Vanessa Nordin, Bella Renne, Will Shiau, Damir Simunac, Dan Skinner, Brandon Thomas, Delghi Urubshurau, Kimmy Wong. Patient care was managed by Sports Council clinicians Dr. Pauline Anderson (West, ’90) and Dr. Ti Pence (West ’06).
West Campus community members who ran in the event included West faculty members Dr. Jonathan Slater (West, ’97) and Dr. Mehdi Moossavi (West, ’92), along with West ASG officers Jason Kim (president), Deborah Marin (community service chair), and Amanda Dluzniewski (treasurer).
For the second year in a row, ASG organized an on-campus collection drive, in support of the Turkey Trot’s “Can Do Challenge,” which collected donations of canned goods for distribution via Second Harvest Food Bank.
West ’95 alumnus Dr. TJ Osborne, who maintains a practice at Discover Chiropractic also participated in charity fundraiser for the third year in a row.
Palmer’s hands-on and high-profile participation in this year’s SVTT, as well as West Campus President Dr. Bill Meeker’s recent “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Chiropractic section of the American Public Health Association, were recently recognized in an article featured in the Bay Area-based Digital Journal.
The Palmer Spine also appeared in the photo gallery that accompanied the 2012 SVTT recap article in the San Jose Mercury News.