ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2020) – Even though the 31st annual Crystal
Ball fundraising gala was not held in its traditional format, the Methodist
Hospital Foundation was able to raise more than $525,000 in support of
the COVID-19 fund at Methodist Hospital. The Nov. 21 virtual event honored
our hospital’s Frontline Heroes with a live television broadcast
In the best interest of the health and safety of our guests, the evening’s
festivities began with a VIP Drive-Thru Reception for sponsors and ticketed
guests before the TV broadcast. Each attendee was greeted by Foundation
staff wearing PPE as they welcomed and thanked them for their support.
The atmosphere was festive with music and red-carpet jumbo screens featuring
recognition messages. Guests received a three-course dinner provided by
The Derby restaurant, a centerpiece, a bottle of wine and a few surprises.
Later that evening the Virtual Crystal Ball TV program went live on YouTube
with emcee Zack Krone and Methodist Hospital Foundation President Mike
Driebe. The program included pre-recorded videos featuring our hospital’s
Frontline Hero honorees who talked about their experiences during this
pandemic. The event also included guest appearances by 2020 World Series
Champion Los Angeles Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Mallory Lewis and Lamb
Chop, and the cast of Station 19. It also featured a special musical performance
featuring Crystal Ball 2016 headliners The Fab Four. The event included
a live auction and a successful fund-a-need effort where guests could
make online donations or call in their gifts.
Crystal Ball concluded with a heartfelt message to our honorees and a special
video of appreciation to all donors who generously supported this fundraiser.
The Foundation is especially grateful to the two Title Super Hero Sponsors
Mike and Patty Nijjar and Paul Rusnak - Rusnak Auto Group. We also want
to recognize the four Grand “Epic” Sponsor Bel Air Investment
Advisors LLC; Dick and Sue Hale, Peter and Jill Boli & Paul and Patty
Wondries; Panda Restaurant Group and Mickey and Lee Segal & Alan and
To make a donation in support of Crystal Ball and the COVID-19 fund or
to watch the virtual event, visit www. mhcrystalball.org or call Methodist
Hospital Foundation at 626-898-8888.
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 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. As many as 50,000 patients are treated annually in the Emergency
Department, while the hospital typically has more than 16,000 patient
admissions each year.