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We appreciate the continued generosity of the individual and corporate lecture sponsors, benefactors, underwriters, and patrons who make it possible for us to continue to sustain the tradition of bringing outstanding national and international speakers to the Central Valley.

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall of Fresno, California, is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. The generous donations in support of the lecture series make these annual educational programs possible. Donations are tax deductible in accordance with the law. For information on becoming a sponsor, please call us at 559.444.2180 or email us at valleytownhall@gmail.com.

Please note: donations made before September 22nd shall be recognized in our printed brochure, which will be available beginning at the first lecture.

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San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Podium Sponsors

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial

Lecture Sponsors: $10,000 and above

Sharon Hanley

Sharon Hanley Lecture

Bernice and Jack Woolf Lecture

Bernice and Jack Woolf and Family

Media Sponsors



Fresno Bee

Educational Partners


Platinum: $5,000 and above


Cicely Elahi Roberts MD JD

Gold: $2,500 and above

Aera Energy, LLC
Alliant Insurance: Peter & Lynn Baldwin
Shirin & Nader Assemi
Julie & Jim Beecher
Community Medical Foundation
Melissa and Michael Der Manouel Jr.

Derco Foods
Julia & Laird Durley
Jane & Larry Fortune
Fresno First Bank
Jeannine & Nigel Grech
Robert Hall Winery – Paso Robles

Leon S. Peters Foundation
McCormick Barstow, LLP
Judy & Don Peracchi
Sanger Chevrolet Buick GMC, Mona & Manuel Prieto
Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, Doctors Glaser & Telles

Smittcamp Family Foundation, Linda & Bill Smittcamp
The Heart Group: Chambers, Merrill, Plenys, Telles, Sandhu, Valles, Basraon, Basraon, Ali, Rathi& Javed
The Wonderful Company Foundation

Silver: $1,500 and above

Allison & Patrick Alexander
Susan & Rod Anderson
Susan & Peter R. Bartlett
Suzie & Mark Benscheidt
Briscoe Family Foundation
Janis Donaghy
Jackie & Raymond Doumanian
Saskia & Paul Dyer
Echo International Trading Company, Inc. Wendy & Patrick Carroll
The Ewell Group

Joan Eaton & Paul Gibson
Terry & Rodger Glaspey
Linley Brinker-Harding & Clarke T. Harding
Marianne & Richard Hatfield
Erika & Tad Hoppe
Family of J. Martin & Bobbye Sisk Temple
Jeanette & Tony Ishii
Anantanarayan Padmanabhan, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente
Joyce & Bob Kierejczyk
Linda & Sam Lucido

Janice Maroot
Maile Melkonian
M. Nielsen & R. Robertson
Pigott Financial Corporation
Jean Linder & Paul Rempel
Mari Ann Ricchiuti
Jill & Justin Robinson
Bonna Rogers-Neufeld, M.D.
Sarah E. & Gary H. Rushing
Joan & Bob Schoettler

Lorraine & Paul Smith
Sherri Gibson & Russell G. Smith
Janell Smittcamp-Boldt
Stanley & Darlene Spano
Val Print, Jack Emerian
Shelly & Kurt Vote
Rosemary & Jerry Waters
Irene & Dwight Wiegand
Lisa & Stuart Woolf

Underwriters: $625 and above

Cindy & Richard Andrews
Nancy & Jack Baker
Larry Balakian
Desa C. Belyea
Jonica & James Bushman
Cardiovascular Consultants Heart Center
Collectibles Management Resources
Marla & Stanley Day
Frances Florio
Augusta Giffen

Donna & Lloyd Hall
Jane Hammaker
William Hanks
Charles Hensley
Katherine Huebert
Debbie & Dale Ikeda
Arthur Jing
JTS Johanson Transportation Service
Adrienne & David Kimball
Leslie & Gary Knutsen

Edward Lembert
Kathleen & David Melikian
Carol Munshower
Georgia Murach
Anne Murphy
John Nugier
Jane Quiring
Bonna Rogers-Neufeld, M.D., Delta Sierra Imaging Associates
Karen & Randy Rowe

Walt Stammer
Gayle J. & Sam Surabian
Chrissie & Ken Talley
Jolene Telles
Cyndi Tingey
Marsha Vucovich
Pat Wallace
Cheryl & Ralph Waterhouse
Rowena & Robert Williams

Patrons: $300 and above

Hillary Bell
Gus & Greti Bonner
Honora Chapman
Donna Chiamori
Marion Clay
Monta Denver
Michelle Dolton
Katie Driskill
Alfred Evans
Craig Fourchy
Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation
Wendy Gottlieb

Jeanne Gragnani
Kathy & Keith Grazier
Lisa Hackett
Cheryl Heberger
Sandra Hempel
Christine Holt
Jennifer & Jim Huelskamp
Mary Hung
Rebecca Jaech
Nancy Jones
Ruth Kallenberg
Allison Karahadian

Mary & Jim Kinter
Diane Kirk
Mary LaFollette
Judy Hughes Leas
Edward Lembert
Clay Lewis
Joan Lipton
Mathias Matoian
Elizabeth Mitchell
Naomi Nakata
Nikki & David Nalchajian
Sharon Nilmeier Spencer

Claudia & Mike Noakes
Judie & Alan Pierrot
Sue & Patrick Quigley
Helen Sasaki
Lydia Shaw
Gayla Shorey
Karen Simpson
Jacqueline Spencer
Barabara Vartan
Walter Vosganian
Howard Watkins, Watkins Photo Archives
Shelly & Mike Woolf

In Appreciation

The San Joaquin Valley lost two prominent members of the farming and business communities during the past year.  Both men were philanthropists and exemplars of the philosophy of “giving back” to the community, and their loss will be deeply felt.  We at Town Hall have been grateful recipients of their generosity and salute their roles in helping us to bring nationally and internationally recognized speakers who have presented ideas that stimulate and educate the citizens of Fresno and the Central Valley. 

Robert Smittcamp      1941-2021

Bob Smittcamp was a major driver in developing two important companies in the Central Valley, the Lyons Magnus food products company and the Wawona Frozen Foods Company. He has been a major philanthropist in Fresno and the Central Valley.  We at Town Hall have benefited greatly from his and Annette’s generosity, most recently in their sponsorship of General John F. Kelly as a speaker. We are thankful for their generosity.

John Leroy (Jack) Woolf, Jr.      1917-2020

Jack Woolf, founder of Woolf Farming and Processing, was a prominent farmer and philanthropist in the Central Valley.  He and his wife, Bernice, have been long time attendees and supporters of SJV Town Hall, and have sponsored many nationally known speakers including Rick Steves, Timothy Egan, Dave Barry, Dan Nelson and Michael Pollan on the stage of the Saroyan Theater.  Town Hall is grateful for their support.

In Memoriam

Sue Donohue
Ray Ensher
Frances F. Ermoian

Betsy Mitchell
J. Martin & Bobbye Temple


Town Hall is grateful to the Harry M. Ermoian Foundation and the Ralph Ermoian Foundation for establishing an endowment in honor of their mother and past president of San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, Frances F. Ermoian. Thank you for securing the future growth and mission of Town Hall. 

Featured Lecture Sponsors

Generous Anonymous Patron

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial Lecture

Annette & Bob Smittcamp

Educational Employees Credit Union

Sharon Hanley Lecture

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

Bernice and Jack Woolf Lecture

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