A delegation from the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) and NSGW Charitable Foundation visited UCSF this week, and were given a tour of UCSF Dentistry's Center for Craniofacial Anomalies and Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology (CMB) Laboratory followed by a festive luncheon at the Faculty-Alumni House. Following lunch a check for $90,000 was presented to Dean Featherstone and Center for Craniofacial Anomalies Director Dr. Karin Vargervik by Dave Allen, Grand President of the NSGW, and Joseph Ursino, Chairman of the NSGW Charitable Foundation.
The Dean noted in his words of thanks that the gift pushed the organization's total generosity over several decades, beginning in 1953, past three million dollars in support, benefitting generations of patients and important front-line health sciences research. Drs Vargervik and Ophir Klein, Director of the CMB lab, echoed the Dean's appreciation of the NSGW's dedication to far-reaching philanthropy, describing in detail the work that has benefitted directly.
Top, left to right: Dave Allen, Grand President of the NSGW, Dr. Karin Vargervik of UCSF Dentistry's Center for Craniofacial Anomalies, Dean John D.B. Featherstone, Joseph Ursino, Chairman of the NSGW Charitable Foundation
Middle: Dr. Vargervik with NSGW leadership
Bottom: Gathering in the Autumn-toned courtyard of the UCSF Faulty-Alumni House
- Native Sons of the Golden West 
- UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies 
- UCSF Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology Laboratory