Column: The Crowd: Christmas Carol Ball benefits Hoag
Hoag volunteer leaders Bob and Terry Callahan, left, celebrate the holidays with Karen Linden, who is the current chairwoman of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian board of directors, with Christmas Carol Ball Chairs Pei-yuan Chia and Kitty Shen.(Photo courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
Dick and Donna Pickup join the festivities at the 52nd Annual Christmas Carol Ball.(Photo courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
More than 600 Hoag supporters, friends and volunteers raised over $1 million at the 52nd Christmas Carol Ball.(Courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
Hoag philanthropists Ben and Carmela Du made a gift earlier this year to mark the opening of the newly renovated Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion at Hoag Hospital Irvine. Ben Du is a member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation board of directors.(Photo courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
Volunteer leaders and philanthropists Pei-yuan Chia and Kitty Shen served as co-chairs of the 52nd Annual Christmas Carol Ball. Pei-yuan is a member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation board of directors.(Photo courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
Debbie and Jeff Margolis recently made a gift to Hoag establishing the Margolis Family Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. Debbie serves as a member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation board of directors while Jeff is a member of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian board of directors.(Photo courtesy of Kevin Warn / Hoag Hospital Foundation)
The most precious gift at holiday time, and at all times, is good health. Without that, what is there?
The 52nd annual Christmas Carol Ball produced by the Hoag Hospital Foundation attracted some 600 supporters who know from many different perspectives just how significant health care is for the individual, the family and the community.
Monarch Beach Resort welcomed distinguished black-tie celebrants Dec. 8 for dinner with longtime friends. The meal was prepared by Monarch Beach executive chef Collin Thorton. There was dancing to the band NRG and plenty of toasts and tributes. In the end, more than $1 million was raised in support of Hoag Hospital needs.
Co-chaired by the dynamic duo of Pei-yuan Chia and Kitty Shen, significant support for the evening came from Jeff and Debbie Margolis, Gary Fudge, Jack and Shanaz Langson and the Winslow Maxwell Charitable Trust.
Spotted in the holiday crowd were Richard and Donna Pickup, David and Diane Sun, Lauri and Steve Delson, Azam and Fariborz Maseeh, and Dennis Kuhl. Also front and center were Ron and Sandi Simon, Jamie Shepherdson, Andy and Joan Fimiano, and Alfredo Bubion.
“We are truly grateful for the generosity of our underwriters who embody the spirit of giving that has symbolized the Christmas Carol Ball for 52 years and counting,” Flynn Andrizzi, president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, told the dinner crowd.
The significance of Andrizzi’s words resonated with donors who have been instrumental in backing what is known as the “Hoag Promise,” a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $627 million by its conclusion date, Dec. 31, 2020. 2018 will end with the Promise campaign reaching 90% of that lofty goal with $562 million to date.
To learn more, visit HoagPromise.org.
B.W. COOK is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
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