For immediate release
(Sept. 20, 2011)
Preparations are in full swing for the Crystal Ball, Methodist Hospital Foundation fund-raiser held annually at the Pasadena Convention Center.
The October 29 gala promises to be a very special event again this year as Paul Anka reprises his performance at the 2008 event. The evening will also feature silent and live auctions, along with a formal dinner.
Alan and Sandy Whitman, the special honorees at this 22nd annual fundraising celebration, are longtime hospital supporters.
"This means so much to us," Sandy said. "Methodist Hospital has been very important to our family for a long, long time, and for them to honor us in this way really touches Alan and me."
Echoing Sandyour hospital. It has been for a long time and it will be for as long as we're around."
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hospitalemergency services department. Although it currently sees 40,000 patients a year
Methodist Hospital emergency department will move to its new home in the 26-bed Hollfelder Emergency Care Center, a state-of-the-art facility with all private patient rooms, four new critical care rooms and five specialty rooms. Of the many highlights of the new building, none represents the care and attention to patient needs more than the new center with its expanded capabilities and patient-centered design.
An approved stroke center in LA County with advanced capabilities to care for stroke victims, Methodist Hospital is approved by The Joint Commission as an advanced primary stroke center. The hospital has been designated a Center of Excellence as a STEMI (heart attack) receiving center, a stroke center and congestive heart center. It also has achieved American Heart Association milestones for meeting stringent guidelines to improve patient care quality and outcomes for stroke, heart attack and heart failure patients.
Event co-chairs are Methodist Hospital Foundation board member Mickey Segal and his wife Lee, along with last year
"It takes many cherished friends and supporters to make charitable hospitals such as ours great,
Helping to make this year seven Grand Sponsors, the Honorable Mike Antonovich and Christine Antonovich, Angela Y. Fu, Cole and Cindy Harris; David and Angela Fu and David Zhang; Chang-Huan (C.H.) and Haily Hsueh; Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney; Panda Restaurant Group, Inc; Mickey and Lee Segal and Alan and Sandy Whitman; and US TOPCO Energy, Inc.
"Crystal Ball is so important to the hospital and to our supportive community, and we expect the 2011 event to be the best ever," Mickey said.
For more information about Crystal Ball, contact Gloria Rico at 626-821-2340 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.