The Methodist Hospital Foundation raised $610,000 for stroke care, endovascular
services and interventional radiology during the 29th Annual Crystal Ball
celebration on Oct. 6 at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than 650
guests attended the black tie event, which featured legendary rockers
This year’s festivities honored Shone and Sherry Wang of Arcadia
for their commitment and dedication to Methodist Hospital of Southern
California and the community at large. Foundation supporters and event
co-chairs Susan Woo and Patricia Nijjar guided the planning and coordination
of the large-scale fund-raising event.
Over the years, Crystal Ball has evolved into an annual fundraising gala
that has become the top social event of the year in the San Gabriel Valley.
Crystal Ball has generated more than $9.1 million to support such hospital
programs as the Rehabilitation Unit, Cardiac, Stroke, Emergency Services,
Women’s Services, and the Next Generation of Care Campus Transformation.
“Crystal Ball brings people together in a different way to celebrate
the community that is the beating heart of the Methodist Hospital,”
says Ms. Nijjar. “The event is a joyful occasion and reminds everyone
of the significant work that the hospital does, while raising funds for
the community it supports.”
The English/American rock band Foreigner, which has sold more than 75 million
albums during the past four decades, treated the Crystal Ball revelers
to a fun-filled evening by playing some of their most enduring anthems
including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot
Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels
Like The First Time,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To
Know What Love Is.”
The Methodist Hospital Foundation is especially grateful for our Crystal
Ball Top Sponsors:
- Title Sponsors: Mike and Patty Nijjar, Susan Woo and Gary Woods, Jerome
and Lisa Yuan.
- Grand Sponsors: Dick and Sue Hale, Paul Rusnak and Donna Pierson, Peter
and Jill Boli; Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.; Mickey and Lee Segal, and
Alan and Sandy Whitman.
About Methodist Hospital: Founded in 1903, Methodist Hospital of Southern California is a full-service
community hospital with 348 licensed beds. Methodist Hospital was recently
honored for the third consecutive time by Medicare 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
a heart attack receiving center and comprehensive stroke care center,
as well an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). The hospital
also offers a variety of services in orthopedics, neurosurgery, obstetrics,
and many other medical specialties. More than 50,000 patients are treated
in the Emergency Department annually, while the hospital has more than
16,000 patient admissions each year.
Media Contact: Brian Greene, 626-354-1484
Crystal Ball revelers, from left: Methodist Hospital President and CEO
Dan Ausman, Hospital Chairman of the Board Bill Lewis, Crystal Ball co-chair
Susan Woo, Mickey Segal, Crystal Ball honorees Sherry and Shone Wang,
Crystal Ball co-chair Patricia Nijjar, Medical Director of Interventional
Radiology KC Tan, MD, Crystal Ball Event Manager Gloria Rico, and Methodist
Hospital Foundation President Mike Driebe.