Crystal Ball to Honor Sherry and Shone Wang at 2018 Gala
For two decades, Sherry and Shone Wang have graciously given their time,
energy and philanthropy to Methodist Hospital while always trying to avoid
Working behind the scenes – and sometimes reluctantly sharing in
the spotlight – the Wangs’ contributions are numerous. Sherry
and Shone helped cofound Methodist Hospital’s Annual Community Health
Fair aimed at serving the Asian population, while also participating in
many Hospital and Foundation committees. In 2016, Sherry even served as
Chair of the Methodist Hospital Foundation. In addition, the couple has
always supported the Foundation’s annual Crystal Ball and Mardi
Gras fund raising events during the past decade.
This fall, the Wang’s will be honored for their dedication and service
as the honorees of Crystal Ball.
“When we were first approached to be the honorees at Crystal Ball,
we were appreciative but we declined,” says Sherry. “We don’t
do all of these things for recognition. We participate so we can help
our hospital and our community.”
Though the Wang’s prefer to work inconspicuously, with a little convincing
they agreed to be the honorees for the 29th annual Crystal Ball to be held Saturday, October 6th at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Last year, Crystal Ball raised $591,000 for Women’s Health Services
at the hospital. Proceeds from this year’s Crystal Ball will support
endovascular services and interventional radiology at Methodist Hospital
to meet the increasing need of stroke patients who require immediate neuro-intervention,
as well as patients with vascular disorders in need of intervention and
who are best served in a minimally-invasive setting. The hospital initiated
its interventional radiology program in 2016 with the recruitment of Dr.
K.C. Tan, one of just a few physicians in the country who is trained in
both neuro-interventional and vascular interventional radiology.
"In January 2018, Methodist Hospital was designated by Los Angeles
County EMS as one of 17 Comprehensive Stroke Centers across the entire
county, increasing our volume of ambulance deliveries and stretching the
capacity of our interventional suites," says Dan Ausman, President
and CEO, Methodist Hospital. "In order to meet the growing demand
for endovascular intervention, we intend to expand our ability to provide
essential, minimally-invasive procedures that produce optimal outcomes
Our endovascular services, including comprehensive stroke care, have enabled
Methodist Hospital to achieve many successes and reach many milestones
during the past few years, including accreditation by the Joint Commission
as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. In addition, Methodist Hospital's
commitment to providing quality care according to evidence-based guidelines
has earned the hospital major recognition from the American Heart Association
and the American Stroke Association.
In their role as Crystal Ball honorees, Sherry and Shone will lead the
Stroke Program fundraising efforts at this event. “We feel a responsibility
to serve the hospital,” says Shone. “When the hospital calls,
we answer. Our role as the honorees is just one part of the overall team
effort involved in making the Crystal Ball a successful event. “
Sadly, the Wangs’ connection to Methodist Hospital initially emerged
out of tragic circumstances when in 1997 their 8-year-old son, Jesse,
collapsed at school. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital where
he died of undetermined causes. Sherry and Shone still can recall every
detail of their experience and speak highly of the hospital staff’s
sensitivity and care for their family during this devastating time in
Two decades later, you can still see the pain in their hearts over their
loss, but the family has persevered. Sherry & Shone’s middle
son Jeremiah is now a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at
USC, and youngest son Cameron is a senior at Arcadia High School. Both
sons speak three languages fluently—English, Spanish and Mandarin—which
comes in handy when they volunteer with their parents at health fairs
sponsored by the hospital. Sherry and Shone founded the hospital’s
Community Health Fair in 2001 in honor of Jesse’s memory and eventually,
with their friends from Hsi Lai Temple, moved the health fair into the
Methodist Hospital in 2004. The family volunteers their time working at
the event each year. The project is hosted jointly with the leadership
and volunteer efforts of the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights.
The couple has always been supportive of activities throughout Arcadia,
and it was a member of the City Council who initially encouraged them
to volunteer at the hospital.
“I was volunteering on community events when Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic
encouraged me to get more involved with Methodist Hospital,” Sherry
says. “Through our friendship with Dr. Andrew Lee and his wife,
Ulanda, I was asked to serve on the hospital’s Bioethics Committee
as a community representative to the group.”
Sherry explains the committee explores a variety of topics all centered
on the efficacy of medicine and providing improved patient care at the hospital.
“All of the decisions made are founded on the welfare of our patients.
Great people create a great hospital, and that’s what I truly believe
about Methodist Hospital,” Sherry says. She continues to serve on
the Bioethics Committee and spearheaded development of educational training
for hospital staff to better understand the needs and cultural differences
when treating patients from the Chinese community.
Dr. Lee praises Sherry’s efforts as part of the committee. “Sherry
is an amazing, warm person and has a personality that conveys a sense
of caring with everyone she meets,” says Dr. Lee. “She is
selfless and truly lacks ego, which is a rare trait.”
Former mayor Gary Kovacic is genuinely appreciative for all of their contributions
to the community.
“Sherry and Shone have worked hard to bridge the gap between new
and long-term residents, and improve a sense of community in Arcadia,”
says Gary. “Their dedicated support of Methodist Hospital is constant
and consistent. They realize the important role the hospital plays in
our community, and are always willing to help.”
Sherry has participated on the Hospital Foundation Board since 2008 while
holding numerous leadership roles along the way. In the past, she has
co-chaired the hospital’s Mardi Gras event which has raised over
$600,000 for the Hospital during her tenure. In addition, she has served
on the Foundation’s Partners in Health Committee.
“Sherry and Shone have been loyal and generous donors through the
years and we are so grateful for everything they have helped make possible,”
says Michael Driebe, President of the Methodist Hospital Foundation. “Sherry
is a tremendous advocate for Methodist Hospital, working quietly behind
the scenes to share the hospital’s story and build connections with
the community we serve. She has been especially helpful in reaching out
to the Chinese community here in the San Gabriel Valley.”
The Wangs are looking forward to Crystal Ball this fall, but they remain
humble and even mildly uncomfortable with the attention being generated.
“We never sought or expected to be honored or recognized for our
efforts,” says Sherry. “We are just doing what we all should
be doing in our own way. Service is in everyone’s blood, we just
have to show it.”