Crystal Ball Honorees Patty and Mike Nijjar, center, with event Co-Chairs
Aner and Rebecca Iglesias, left, and Co-Chairs Sherry and Shone Wang.
The Methodist Hospital Foundation will “Celebrate Good Times”
with the award-winning, world-renowned R&B musical group Kool and
the Gang at the 30th Annual Crystal Ball celebration to be held at the
Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Crystal Ball Honorees Patty and Mike Nijjar have set the fund-raising bar
high for the San Gabriel Valley’s premier annual black-tie celebration.
“Our goal this year is to raise $1 million at Crystal Ball,”
says Patty, who along with husband Mike, is unrelenting in her philanthropic
quest to help others. Funds raised will support the addition of a second
biplane imaging system to enhance Methodist Hospital’s ability to
serve the Greater San Gabriel Valley as a fully accredited Comprehensive
Stroke Center and Heart Attack Receiving Center. Methodist Hospital is
one of only 18 hospitals to be part of the Los Angeles County network
of approved stroke centers countywide.
“Crystal Ball brings people together in a unique way to celebrate
the community that is the beating heart of Methodist Hospital,”
says Patty. “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 Nijjars will be honored for all of their amazing volunteer and philanthropic
efforts in support of Methodist Hospital over the years.
“I always said to myself that if I became successful in business,
I wanted to do everything I could to help others, which is why we support
Methodist Hospital,” said Patty, who is a Board of Trustees member
with the Methodist Hospital Foundation.
“We are so proud to honor Patty and Mike Nijjar for this very special
30th anniversary Crystal Ball,” says Michael Driebe, President of
the Methodist Hospital Foundation. “Patty and Mike are tremendous
supporters and advocates on behalf of the hospital. Patty is extremely
passionate with her support for our Foundation and she and Mike have brought
an incredible amount of philanthropy to the hospital through their numerous
relationships throughout the region.”
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, Crystal
Ball has generated more than $9 million to support such programs as the
Rehabilitation Unit, Cardiac, Stroke, Emergency Services, and the Next
Generation of Care Campus Transformation at Methodist Hospital.
Crystal Ball revelers will be putting on their dancing shoes for a fantastic
show this year featuring Kool & the Gang. The R&B group formed
50 years ago and has influenced the music of generations and become a
recording industry legend in the process. Thanks to iconic songs like
Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, Kool & the Gang has earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music
Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and
platinum albums. Kool and the Gang has performed continuously longer than
any R&B group in history, and their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements
have also made them the most sampled R&B band of all time.
In addition to elite entertainment, our black-tie Crystal Ball gala features
a silent auction offering a wide selection of wares, wines, and nights
on the town, plus a robust live auction from luxury sports experiences
to exotic vacations, all to raise funds for the stroke and heart programs
at Methodist Hospital.
“With funds raised at Crystal Ball this year for the purchase of
a second biplane imaging system, we will expand our ability to provide
minimally-invasive procedures that produce optimal outcomes for our most
critically ill patients,” says Hospital President and CEO Dan Ausman.
“Our ability to provide state-of-the-art technology has earned Methodist
major recognition from the American Heart Association and the American
Stroke Association as a center of excellence for both cardiac care and
stroke care,” Ausman says. “We extend sincere thanks and appreciation
to all of our donors for enabling the acquisition of needed equipment,
and to our doctors, nurses and staff for their dedication and care for
Leading this year’s planning for Crystal Ball will be event Co-Chairs
Sherry and Shone Wang, along with Aner and Rebecca Iglesias.
For additional information, contact Methodist Hospital Foundation at 626-898-8888
or contact us by
email: crystalball@ methodisthospital.org. Or to learn more, click here:
Crystal Ball Honorees Patty and Mike Nijjar