ARCADIA, Calif. – The Methodist Hospital Foundation will host the
29th Annual Crystal Ball celebration featuring legendary rockers Foreigner
at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will support stroke care, endovascular services
and interventional radiology at Methodist Hospital of Southern California.
This year’s festivities will honor Shone and Sherry Wang of Arcadia
for their commitment and dedication to Methodist Hospital and the community
at large. Foundation supporters and event co-chairs Susan Woo and Patricia
Nijjar are guiding the planning and coordination of the large-scale fund-raising event.
After humble beginnings on the campus of the hospital, Crystal Ball has
now evolved into an annual fundraising gala that has become the top 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. A year ago, the event
raised $591,000 for women’s services.
The excitement for Crystal Ball is building as the English/American rock
band Foreigner will perform. Known worldwide, Foreigner has sold more
than 75 million albums during past four decades and is famous for some
of rock and roll’s 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 Number1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
“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 to bring everyone
together and to remind them of the significant work that the hospital
does, and to raise funds for the community it supports.”
Crystal Ball honorees Sherry and Shone Wang have graciously given their
time, energy and philanthropy to Methodist Hospital for two decades while
always trying to avoid attention.
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.
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 July, Methodist Hospital of Southern California received a Comprehensive
Stroke Center Certification from independent rating agency DNV GL, which
ensures that Methodist Hospital will continue to be part of the Los Angeles
County Emergency Medical Services (LAC/EMS) network of 18 approved stroke
“We are so proud of our hospital stroke team for their tremendous
efforts to acquire this certification,” said Hospital President
and CEO Dan Ausman. “This is a new milestone in our pursuit of excellence
in stroke care and one that took an incredible amount of time and coordination.”
The hospital’s endovascular services, including comprehensive stroke
care, have enabled Methodist Hospital to achieve many successes and reach
many milestones during the past few years, including earning the hospital
major recognition from the American Heart Association and the American
“Our commitment to treating stroke patients means increasing our
volume of ambulance deliveries and stretching the capacity of our interventional
suites at the hospital,” Ausman says. “There are many examples
of lives saved and lives improved because of the stellar care our stroke
team provides. In order to meet the growing demand for endovascular intervention,
with funds raised at Crystal Ball we intend to expand our ability to continue
providing essential, minimally-invasive procedures that produce optimal
outcomes for patients.”
For additional information, contact Methodist Hospital Foundation at 626-898-8888
or email: crystalball@ methodisthospital.org.
About Methodist Hospital: Founded in 1903, Methodist Hospital of Southern California is a full-service
community hospital with 348 licensed beds. 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 55,000 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 2018 Honorees Shone and Sherry Wang