A distinct buzz of excitement was palpable throughout the Montage Laguna Beach on April 30, 2022, and for good reason: Guests were thrilled to return to the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation Spring Gala after three years. The black tie evening raised more than $682,000, the highest amount ever raised at this event, to benefit the Women’s Health Pavilion and MemorialCare Breast Center at Saddleback Medical Center.
Guests included community philanthropists and supporters; physicians and management staff at Saddleback Medical Center; as well as sponsor representatives, including presenting sponsor American Career College and West Coast University.
With clear skies as a backdrop, the gala kicked off with a cocktail reception held on the main lawn overlooking the scenic Pacific Ocean. After the cocktail party, the more than 400 guests in dresses and tuxedos made their way to the Main Ballroom, decorated in marble, teal and gold accents. The decor was intended to create a spirit of renewal and new beginnings.
The evening program began with a welcome from Christy Ward, president of the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation.
“We knew everyone was ready to be at the gala, but you exceeded our expectations,” Ward said. “Your donations make a difference not only in providing excellent care, but also the finest, most personalized and compassionate patient care. »
She also thanked and introduced Margaret Pfeiffer, Vice President, Clinical Operations, American Career College. Both institutions provide training for nursing students, many of whom end up working for Saddleback Medical Center.
“The goal for all of us is to provide the best possible healthcare to our patients in this community, and the members of the Saddleback team are true heroes for helping us all achieve that goal,” said Pfeiffer. . “We are fortunate to have a long history of training nurses and members of the health care team.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker presented the vision for the cause of the night, the new Women’s Health Pavilion and MemorialCare Breast Center at Saddleback Medical Center, which breaks new ground this summer.
“We have a plan to transform the future of healthcare for women at every stage of life, and with the help of people in the community like you, that vision will soon become a reality,” Manker said.
Manker also mentioned other women’s health projects that are underway at Saddleback Medical Center, including an emergency obstetrics ward for pregnant women only and renovations to delivery rooms.
The live auction included packages such as tickets for 10 people to an Angels game in a dugout, two tickets to Shakespeare in the Park opening night in New York and tickets to Wimbledon in the Royal Box from Center Court.
Other online silent auction items included a Cabo San Lucas vacation, a private tour of the United Nations, tickets to Broadway musicals in New York and a Porsche driving experience.
Following the auction, Spring Gala Co-Chairs Dawn Levine and Gary Levine, MD, Medical Director of MemorialCare Breast Centers, presented a moving video highlighting Julie Switzer, a patient (and nurse at Saddleback Medical Center) who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. The video showed how breast care navigator Jackie Hower guided her through her treatment journey, and how the new breast center will be able to serve more patients with this type of personalized care.
After the video, the auctioneer launched Fund-a-Need, which benefited the Breast Center. At the $5,000 level, an anonymous donor was announced who would match each $5,000 donation up to $50,000.
Presenting, platinum, gold and silver sponsors of the 2022 Spring Gala included: presenting sponsor American Career College and West Coast University. Platinum sponsors Farmers & Merchants Bank, Dr. and Mrs. David C. Law, Tom Rogers and Sally Anderson, Sam and Tammy Tang. Gold sponsors included medical staff from MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, Sea View Pediatrics, Bebe Shaddock Smith and Russell Smith, Turner Construction and c|a Architects.
The Saddleback Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is raising philanthropic support for Saddleback Medical Center, a nonprofit community hospital. Generous donor support enables the Saddleback Medical Center Foundation to remain at the forefront of healthcare, providing innovative procedures and medical expertise, as well as programs and services for the community. To learn more about Saddleback Medical Center’s support through the Foundation, visit memorialcare.org/smcf.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center has been named one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals, America’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, and the Orange County Registry of Orange County’s Top Hospitals and Best Workplaces. To learn more, visit memorialcare.org/saddleback.
MemorialCare is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that includes leading hospitals as well as award-winning medical groups, including the Doctors of Greater Newport.