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2014 Mardi Gras
2/10/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dr. James Lin to reign as Methodist Hospital’s King of Mardi Gras 2014

ARCADIA – Former Methodist Hospital Chief of Staff James Y. Lin, MD, will be honored at the 19th Annual Mardi Gras 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Sirona’s, Santa Anita Park.

Recognized for his longtime support of Methodist Hospital and the outstanding clinical care he has provided to thousands of patients, Dr. Lin will reign as king over the event, with proceeds going to support the hospital's highly successful cancer program.

"I feel extremely honored, considering all the fine people who have served as king before me," Dr. Lin said of the honor. "I want to continue helping the foundation raise funds for the cancer program, which is one of the clinical areas the hospital strives diligently to expand and strengthen. It's a great thrill to be honored by an event I have supported for many, many years."

For information on how you can help support your community through a table sponsorship and/or ticket purchase for this worthy cause, please contact the event organizers at Methodist Hospital Foundation, 626-898-8888 or mardigras@methodisthospital.org.

For the second time in a row, event co-chairs are Sherry Wang, a Methodist Hospital Foundation board member and two-time chair; longtime hospital supporter Patty Soldo, who also chaired for the second time; and four-time chair/co-chair Lindburgh McPherson.

"Aside from being a wonderful physician, Dr. Lin has been extremely helpful in many important areas around the hospital – fundraising, recruiting donors and assisting with our very successful Asian Health Fair, to name a few," Wang said. "He never turns anyone down and always says, 'Let me see what I can do.'"

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Lin came to the U.S. in 1975, graduating from the St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital in 1989, started his medical practice in 1992 and opened his private practice in Arcadia in 2000. He and his wife, Rachel, have two sons, Eric and Nicholas.

Through the years Dr. Lin has served as chief of staff at Methodist Hospital in 2013 and chair of the Medicine Department in 2006. He also has served on the hospital foundation board since 2006 and co-chaired the physician capital campaign that raised an estimated $2 million in support of the North Tower. He has served on several foundation committees, including the Crystal Ball, Mardi Gras and Asian Outreach committees. The Lin family has graciously supported the hospital and Mardi Gras for years.

"I think I've been involved with the Mardi Gras in one way or another for about a decade," Dr. Lin said. "This is one of the hospital's more prominent fundraising efforts, and one that Methodist Hospital employees and the medical staff really enjoy. Not only is it a fun evening, but it's an opportunity for Methodist Hospital to expand into our neighboring communities."

One of Methodist Hospital's highest profile and most successful fundraising events, Mardi Gras each year attracts hundreds of attendees and dozens restaurants. This year’s "beads and boas" event is expected to be one of the most successful ever.

The 80z All Stars, a California 1980s tribute band, will provide lively music for dancing and entertainment. Other fun activities will include a Mardi Gras parade, silent auction, dancing and mouth-watering food prepared by more than 30 of the area's most successful restaurants.

Dr. Lin hopes this year's event will provide a huge boost to the hospital's growing cancer program. "We've always had a strong cancer program, and the community definitely wants it to remain an integral part of the hospital's litany of services,"

Dr. Lin said. "It's important that we remain competitive and on the cutting edge, and Mardi Gras helps us do just that."

Tickets are $100 each. To reserve yours, contact the foundation at 626-898-8888 or mardigras@methodisthospital.org.