Cashions Named Mardi Gras Royalty!
Long term Methodist Hospital Volunteers Dave and Grace Cashion have been crowned as this year’s Mardi Gras King and Queen and will reign over the 16th annual celebration on March 8, 2011. “The Cashions were a natural choice for this year’s celebration,” said Mike Driebe, Methodist Hospital Foundation President. “Their dedication to the hospital and years of support make them the perfect selection as King and Queen for this event.”
The Cashions have been members of the Arcadia community for more than 37 years, and give generously of their time and resources to support the hospital. Grace said, “All three of our children were born at Methodist Hospital. It is our community hospital, and we feel that it is very important to support the work being done here.” Dave added, “As a not for profit hospital, it is critical that members of the community step forward and provide support.” The Cashions have done just that.
Since 2005, Grace has served as a member of the Mardi Gras planning committee. She has given generously of her time to ensure that the event continues to grow each year. She said, “I was so honored to be asked to help raise funds for the hospital through serving on the Mardi Gras committee. I’m so pleased with the growth of Mardi Gras and how it has increased, both in the number of guests and also in revenue generated for important hospital programs.”
Dave Cashion is also a dedicated hospital volunteer. Since 2004, he has served on the Foundation Board of Directors & is co-chair of the Planned Giving Committee. He has served on the Executive Strategic Planning Committee and is now also serving on the Emergency Council.
Proceeds from Mardi Gras support different hospital programs each year. This year, the proceeds will honor Dave Cashion’s commitment to the Emergency Department by supporting the hospital’s emergency services. Dave said, “I’m honored that the foundation would choose to support my efforts toward the hospital’s Emergency Department. The emergency department provides critical care to San Gabriel Valley residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is important that we do our part in supporting the important work being performed at the hospital.”
Dave and Grace Cashion are flattered to be honored as this year’s King and Queen. “It will be a different kind of experience than in previous years,” said Grace. “I’m used to being behind the scenes, helping make everything come together. We are humbled and honored to be asked to represent the hospital in this way. I would encourage everyone to support Methodist Hospital with their gifts, as well as their time and energy.”
Following on the heels of a great 2010 Mardi Gras celebration, 2011’s event promises to be just as exciting. More than 500 guests celebrated at the 2010 event, which raised more than $65,000 to support nursing scholarships. Mark your calendars for March 8, 2011 and plan to be part of the fun! To participate or if you have any questions, contact Gloria Rico at (626) 821-2340 or email: email@example.com