The Methodist Hospital Foundation’s 24th annual Mardi Gras Food Fest
was held on March 5 at Sirona’s Restaurant in Santa Anita Park raising
more than $230,000 for cancer services at Methodist Hospital of Southern
California, a record high for this annual beads and boa celebration.
A sell-out crowd of 1,100 people attended Mardi Gras, which also set records
for highest attendance in the 24-year history of the event. The Foundation
honored internal medicine specialist Dino Clarizio, MD, and his wife,
Hope, as the honorary King and Queen of Mardi Gras.
“We are flattered to be recognized at Mardi Gras this year,”
says Dr. Clarizio, who is an Arcadia native and has served the community
for more than 30 years. “Guests had a wonderful time, enjoying each
other’s company, partaking in the fabulous food and dancing to great
music while raising funds for a great cause.”
A record 67 event sponsors, led by Mardi Gras title sponsors Arcadia Gardens
Retirement Hotel and Arcadia Healthcare Center, helped fill the room.
Event co-chairs Sophia Chan, Mark Hafeman and Patty Soldo and the members
of the 2019 Mardi Gras committee created a festive party atmosphere for
all to enjoy.
Thirty-one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most popular restaurants participated
in Mardi Gras by sharing a delicious variety of foods throughout the evening,
while patrons also danced to the 80’z All Stars band, which played
two encores for the lively revelers. The Mardi Gras parade included members
of the Arcadia High School marching band, who led the King and Queen,
the Mardi Gras planning committee, futboleros and dancing girls to the
stage for a celebration during festivities.
Mardi Gras celebrants Sophia Chan, Mark Hafeman, Hope Clarizio, Dr. Dino
Clarizio and Patty Soldo.
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 is ranked among the top 1% of hospitals in the U.S. as recognized
by The SafeCare Group. 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.
Media Contact: Brian Greene, 626-354-1484