In 1990, an elegant affaire designed to recognize hospital donors was held
on the roof of the north parking structure at Methodist Hospital. With
each passing year, its popularity increased. Crystal Ball, now a fund-raising
event, has become for many “the” social event of the San Gabriel Valley.
Throughout its history, Crystal Ball has generated more than $7.5 million
dollars in support of such programs as stroke, emergency services, maternal/child
care, advanced technology and innovative treatments for patients and The
Next Generation of Care campus transformation at Methodist Hospital. Crystal
Ball is traditionally held in October at the Pasadena Convention Center.
About five years after that first Crystal Ball, a second annual fundraiser
and “friend-raiser” was born. The first Mardi Gras was held
in 1995, and the Fat Tuesday celebration grows more popular with each
year. Mardi Gras, held each year on “Fat Tuesday,” welcomes
more than 700 local community members and businesses and more than two
dozen restaurants to the "beads and boas" celebration, traditionally
held at Sirona's Restaurant, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
Throughout the year, the foundation holds many other events, geared toward
fun as well as fund-raising, but the largest – and most anticipated
– events continue to be Crystal Ball and Mardi Gras.
For additional information on either of these events, contact Methodist
Hospital Foundation at 626-898-8888.