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Mission Hospital Annual Gala Raises $960,000 in Net Proceeds


More than 660 guests attended Mission Hospital's16th annual black-tie gala at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on December 17, 2011. This year's event raised net proceeds of over $960,000 for the hospital.

The evening began with a private VIP cocktail reception to honor the gala's top sponsors. VIP guests included Title Sponsor, The Nolet Family – Nolet Spirits U.S.A.: Janet and Carl Nolet, Jr., Bill Eldien and Ed Jordan; along with Ambassador Sponsor Kevin and Patricia Moriarty.

During the dinner program, Mission Hospital's President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. McFarland thanked the Gala sponsors and chairs Mimi Johnson and Jacqueline Du Pont for their Spirit of Giving in support of the hospital's $500 million campaign called Mission500. Title Sponsor Carl Nolet, Jr. encouraged the guests to be as generous as possible during the live auction by posing the question, "What does Mission500 mean to you? To me, it means that I have peace of mind knowing that Mission will have the latest technology and the most highly trained staff available to take care of me and my loved ones."

Guests then watched a special video with hospital staff, donors, physicians and former patients sharing their views on how Mission500 will impact the health of the community. In one segment of the video, former patient, Dr. Michael Shannon expressed how grateful he was to Mission after a near-fatal car accident: "The caregivers at Mission did what they do best everyday. They saved my life."

One of the highlights of the event was the silent and live auctions. The silent auction showcased travel packages, sports memorabilia, jewelry, and more. Guests also had an opportunity to bid on a "Super Silent Auction Item"—a 2012 MAZDA Miata MX-5 Grand Touring car donated by Mazda North American Operations. During the live auction, guests bid on an Audi Sportscar Raceway experience; a "Day with the Doctor"—a chance to shadow one of Mission's emergency department physicians; a five-day trip to Paris; a nine-day South African safari; diamond earrings and even an adorable Labrador puppy.

Gala Top Sponsors include:

Title Sponsor- The Nolet Family – Nolet Spirits U.S.A.: Janet and Carl Nolet, Jr., Bill Eldien and Ed Jordan; Ambassador- Kevin and Patricia Moriarty; Benefactor- The Muzzy Family, O'Connell Family Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Erik Pasin in memory of Raymund Butters, Chereen and Larry Pasternack; Valet- Jaguar Land Rover Mission Viejo; Star- Cindi Grace and Steve Camp;Harry Cheshire, Coast Radiology Imaging and Intervention, Inc., The Cummings Family, Jacqueline Du Pont and Marc Carlson, ER Physicians at Mission Hospital, Mimi Johnson in memory of Jim Johnson; Bob and Chris Kallenbaugh, Dr. George and Bettina Kallins; Metagenics, Inc., Mission Hospital Executive Team, Nordstrom, Inc., Ron and Marlys Schauer, Sara and Jim Sullivan, Karen and George Thagard, III and Lew and Margie Webb.

For more information on the Foundation or upcoming events, please visit or call the Foundation office at (949) 364-7783.

About Mission Hospital Foundation
Mission Hospital Foundation supports and assists Mission Hospital through philanthropy. The Foundation embodies the Spirit of Giving by building lifelong relationships with community members and raising funds for Mission Hospital.

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital provides south Orange County communities with access to advanced care and advanced caring through two convenient locations, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. Mission Hospital has been serving the greater needs of the community for nearly 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is an acute care, full-service facility providing the most advanced health care services and diagnostic care to south Orange County. One of only three designated trauma centers in the county, the hospital offers 24-hour emergency care and specialized services through its Mission Imaging Center, Mission Heart Center, Mission Stroke Center, Mission Maternity Center and Mission Women's Wellness Center. The hospital also offers the highest level of care in orthopedics, rehabilitation, cancer, spine and vascular services. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach's health care services include 24-hour emergency, intensive and medical-surgical care as well as behavioral health including psychiatric services and chemical and pain medication dependency treatment. CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, a separately licensed pediatric hospital on the Mission Viejo campus, serves as the only dedicated pediatric hospital in south Orange County. A member of the St. Joseph Health, the 552-bed hospital is one of 14 not-for-profit hospitals sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. For more information, visit