Crystal Ball Committee 2017
Back row left to right: Dr. Richard Sun, Patty and Paul Wondries, Sue
and Dick Hale, Sandy Klein, Alan Whitman, Bill Lewis. Front row left to
right: Ivy Sun, Dr. K. Heiner Vogelbach, co-chairs Mickey Segal and Christine
Antonovich, honorees Nan and Ron Okum, Patty Nijjar, Mary Bigley, Kathy
Ellison, Kathy Lewis, Jill Boli, Gloria Rico and Mike Driebe. Not pictured:
Dennis Alfieri, Jack Chen, Jonathan Duong, Kin Hui, Moira Love, Dr. John
Quigley, Jim Romo, Pete Siberell, Sherry Wang and Dorenda Wong.
Arcadia, California – (November 6, 2017) – The Methodist Hospital
Foundation raised more than $591,000 for Women’s Health Services
during the 28th Annual Crystal Ball celebration on Oct. 28 at the Pasadena
Convention Center. More than 600 guests attended the black tie event,
which featured legendary singer and songwriter Paul Anka who entertained
guests with an array of classic songs while accompanied by a full orchestra.
This year’s festivities honored Ron and Nan Okum for their commitment
and dedication to Methodist Hospital and our community. With the experienced
leadership of Crystal Ball co-chairs Christine Antonovich and Mickey Segal,
the event was a successful fundraiser and friend-raiser for Methodist
Hospital. The dynamic duo of Mickey and Christine co-chaired together
for the second time. The event featured a special video celebrating Methodist
Hospital’s 60th anniversary in the San Gabriel Valley and incorporated diamond anniversary
themed decor in honor of this milestone event.
“The event is so very important to the success of the hospital and
the community,” said Ms. Antonovich, who along with her husband
former L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, are both tremendous supporters
and advocates for Methodist Hospital. “Raising funds for women’s
health care is such a significant cause that will help create a healthier,
more vibrant community.”
Mr. Segal also lauded the Okums for their commitment to the hospital as well.
“I’ve known Ron and Nan for 15 years and they’re very
special people who are dedicated to Methodist Hospital,” said Mr.
Segal, who serves as the Managing Partner of NKSFB and oversees the day-to-day
operations of one of the largest and most well-known business management
firms in the nation. “Ron has been an amazing asset for us. He is
a creative thinker, leader, and supporter, and he has actively brought
donors to the table to support to the Foundation when, often times, we
were previously unable to gain their support.”
The Okums were truly humbled with this recognition.
“We are fortunate to have been honored in recent years by other non-profit
organizations but being honored at Crystal Ball holds a special place
in our hearts,” said Mr. Okum.
The Top Sponsors for Crystal Ball were Michael and Christine Antonovich;
Cindy and Cole Harris and their family; and Mr. Gang Ding and America
BD Inc. Grand Sponsors for the event included Peter and Jill Boli; Dick
and Sue Hale; Paul and Patty Wondries; Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.; Mickey
& Lee Segal; and Alan and Sandy Whitman.
Crystal Ball has evolved into an annual fundraising gala and has become
“the” social event of the year in the San Gabriel Valley.
Throughout its history it has generated more than $8 million to support
such programs as the Rehabilitation Unit, Cardiac, Stroke, Emergency Services,
and the Next Generation of Care Campus Transformation at Methodist Hospital.
About Methodist Hospital: Founded in 1903, Methodist Hospital of Southern California is a full-service
community hospital with 348 licensed beds. Methodist Hospital of Southern
California recently received a tremendous honor recently when Medicare
awarded the hospital with its five-star rating for overall hospital quality.
The hospital offers advanced cardiovascular services including cardiac
catheterization, electrophysiology, and open heart surgery. Los Angeles
County has designated Methodist Hospital as both a heart attack and stroke
receiving center as well an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.
The hospital also offers a variety of services in orthopedics, neurosurgery,
obstetrics, and many other medical specialties. More than 55,000 patients
were treated in the Emergency Department during the past year, while the
hospital had more than 16,000 patient admissions.