Mardi Gras Food Fest Benefitting Methodist Hospital
will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 13 at Sirona’s in Santa
ARCADIA, Calif. (January 24, 2018) –To honor their selfless dedication
and hard work on behalf of patients and families living in the the San
Gabriel Valley, long-time orthopedic surgeon John Quigley, MD, and his
wife, Margaret, will serve as King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Food Fest 2018.
“We are honored and grateful to be part of such a wonderful community,”
said Dr. Quigley. “Mardi Gras has always offered friends and supporters
of the hospital an opportunity to gather in a comfortable and jovial setting
to enjoy one another’s company.”
The 23rd annual Mardi Gras Food Fest will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday,
February 13 at Sirona’s in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, and the
evening promises to once again be filled with great fun and entertainment.
More than 900 guests attended the Mardi Gras celebration a year ago, which
raised $175,000 for breast health care and digital mammography services
that are now available at the hospital.
Proceeds from Mardi Gras 2018 will go toward the creation of an orthopedic-specific
unit at Methodist Hospital. The Joint & Spine Pavilion, to be staffed
by specially-trained nurses and therapists, will provide a wellness-based
approach to care and recovery. Currently, physicians at Methodist Hospital
provide a full range of orthopedic care, including total joint replacement,
spine surgery, fracture care, and physical rehabilitation. Establishment
of the Joint & Spine Pavilion will enable Methodist Hospital to provide
customized orthopedic care for a life more active.
The Mardi Gras celebration will feature gourmet foods from more than 30
of the San Gabriel Valley’s most popular restaurants, as well as
offering libations, a festive parade, fun costumes, dancing, live music,
an exciting silent auction, and mysterious raffle boxes all for a great
cause. The event also includes dancing to the ’80z All-Stars live
band, and the traditional Mardi Gras parade led by the Arcadia High School pep band.
“The hospital was built blocks from where I grew up,” says
Dr. Quigley, who now resides in Sierra Madre. “At that time, our
family was blessed with excellent care from the hospital and still is
to this day. Support for the Foundation evolved from the gratitude our
family has for the hospital and our community.”
Dr. Quigley joined the Methodist Hospital Medical Staff in 1982 and served
as Chief of Medical Staff from 1999-2000, and served on numerous department
committees while a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He also
served on the Foundation Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010, returning
to the Foundation Board in 2012, and is currently serving in his second
three-year term. As a member of the Foundation Board, he was Chairman
in 2015, participated in the Physician Champion program; was a member
of the physician committee during the North Tower Capital Campaign; supported
the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Campaign; and served on both the Mardi Gras
and Crystal Ball organizing committees.
Dr. Quigley’s wife Margaret is also very involved in her community
and Methodist Hospital. She has served on the WIN (Women Investing in
Nursing) committee, which supports continued education scholarships for
Methodist Hospital nurses. She is President of Friends of the Library
and is a member of the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre. She is also
a Docent for the Art Center College of Design and is involved with Christ
Child Society of Pasadena. What she enjoys most, however, is being a grandmother
to four lovely grandchildren.
One of the most satisfying things for the Quigleys has been to see how
support for the Foundation from hospital employees and medical staff has
grown. They are particularly appreciative that this year’s event
co-chairs are Sherri Taylor alongside cardiologist Stephen Soldo, MD,
and his wife Patty who, coincidentally, were the honorees at last year’s event.
“The Soldos have been dear friends and colleagues who have demonstrated
outstanding support for the hospital and the Foundation,” says John.
“We are humbled by their work and their friendship.”
The Soldos, who are reigning King and Queen of this event, were thrilled
and inspired by the decision to honor their friends.
“We have participated in the event for the last four years,”
said Dr. Soldo, “It is important to acknowledge other doctors who
have contributed to the quality of care at Methodist Hospital, especially
with a tenure as long as Dr. Quigley. Patty had planned on ‘retiring’
from co-chairing this event, but when she heard Dr. Quigley was the honoree,
she insisted on participating another year.”
“Dr. Quigley has touched thousands of lives in our community.”
said Patty Soldo. “He is very hard working, kind, and lets the quality
of his work speak for itself.”
Mardi Gras 2018 will certainly be an event to remember and promises to
be one of the best ever.
“We hope it surpasses funds raised in previous years,” Dr.
Soldo said. “We were touched by the reception we received last year,
and by how many people came to the event. This was one of the highlights
of my career, and the most enjoyable days of our life together. We want
to ensure the funds raised have an impact on the care we provide in the
For advanced reservations or additional information, visit our Mardi Gras
www.mardigrasfoodfest.com. You can also contact the Methodist Hospital Foundation at
626-898-8888 or by email:
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 when Medicare awarded
the hospital with its third consecutive 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
50,000 patients are treated annually in the Emergency Department, while
the hospital typically has more than 16,000 patient admissions each year.