Join us as we raise the flag

Giving Tuesday 

Join us as we Raise the Flag!

Friday, May 22, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Touro University California
Front Lawn of H-1
1545 Azuar Drive
Mare Island, Vallejo, CA

Thanks to generous donations from our own students, employees and community supporters, we have raised the funds to restore this symbol of American pride.

There will be a special presentation by the Hon. Mike Thompson, representing the Fifth Congressional District.

The National Anthem will be sung by U. S. Navy P.O. First Class Steven Powell, music will be provided by the U.S. Army Military Band, and we will have the flag presented by a U.S. Navy Color Guard.

 Light refreshments will be available and our guests do not need a permit or pass to park a vehicle on campus during the event. Please call 707-638-5205 if you need directions or special assistance.


Thank You!

Thanks to each of you who contributed to our Raise the Flag Campaign. We raised $22,197.98 from 34 donors toward our $23,000 goal!

Thank you again so much for helping out!

Our campaign to restore the flagpole in front of the old Naval Hospital will continue full force. We only need $802 to reach our goal to once again Raise the Flag over Mare Island!!

If you would like to support our campaign you can give today and your gift will be matched. Our CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley, has generously offered to match contributions made up to $250, so please give today to double your impact.

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Shelley Berkley FlagpoleShelley Berkley Wants to get the Job Done!

Shelley Berkley, CEO/Senior Provost of Touro Western Division, wants to Raise the Flag!  Shelley will match all contributions for the flag pole restoration, up to $250, to help achieve the $23,000 goal.  Remember, no gift is too small ($5 buys a paint brush) and helps get the job done!   

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Zachary Landau

It Matters

For Zachary Landau, ENS MC, USNR, and College of Osteopathic Medicine student, Class of 2016, the flag restoration matters to him. He signed the Navy commission, took oath of office, and participated in the Touro University California white coat ceremony during the same week.

In the months that followed, he dedicated himself fully to the study of medicine. The absence of our nations colors on the Touro campus was not fully felt until the summer after OMS-I in Newport, RI. Wearing the uniform, training to be a Naval officer, and appreciating the history and importance of our country's Navy, gave Zachary renewed purpose. For him, our country matters. The health and safety of our military matters. And more than that, it matters every day.

 “Patriotism is something that should be felt on our campus. It is pride. It is purpose,” he said. “With our history on Mare Island, and our many graduates serving the country here and abroad, we need the flag flown. From kindergarten to college, every school I have attended has raised a flag. The time is overdue for Touro University to do the same.”



Since its inception in 1997, the students, faculty, and staff at Touro University California (TUC) have been giving back to the community around them. TUC is a non-profit, Jewish-sponsored independent institution with accredited programs to train physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, public health professionals and teachers. Giving back to the community is a fundamental value on the Touro campus, where we regularly staff the local health clinics, facilitate health fairs and public health programs, and mentor K-12 students.

In the spirit of giving, we at TUC are participating in the #GivingTuesday 2014 movement ( with the hope that we reach beyond our campus, and back into history to restore this historic landmark and pay tribute to those who serve and once served.  

Touro has become an integral and dedicated part of the northern California community. For this national day of giving, #GivingTuesday 2014, we are turning our attention to the place we call home—Mare Island, the former Naval Shipyard – to restore one of our national treasures for all the men and women who have served our country and trained here.

Every day we are fortunate enough to walk in the footsteps of American Military history and attend classes in buildings designated as historic landmarks.  However, many of these landmarks are showing their 160 year age.

This year we are focusing on one such landmark, the Mare Island Hospital flagpole, in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory for our students and veterans. Built in 1869, this hospital campus and shipyard has served tens of thousands of sailors throughout every world war and conflict until 1996.  Above it all flew our country’s flag atop a beautiful 100-foot steel flagpole mast built to resemble the mast of the great ships of the Navy.  

Additionally, Mare Island was home to a “flag loft” where thousands of flags were produced over 150 years including the famous flags raised at Iwo Jima. The tradition of raising the flag and seeing the Stars and Stripes reach the top is an unforgettable experience that we want to bring back to Mare Island to honor those who have tread here before us, but we need your help to do it.

Please help us on this day of giving. Together we can Raise the Flag on Mare Island!


Raise the Flag

If you prefer to write a check, please make the check payable to:

Touro University California
Enter "Flagpole" in the memo field, and send to:

Advancement Department
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive, Mare Island
Vallejo, CA 94592

For questions, please contact Jim Sotiros at