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15th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon Raises over $150,000 for Women’s Services at Mission Hospital


Mission Hospital's 15th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon, held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, raised net proceeds of more than $150,000 for Women's Services at Mission Hospital. The success of the event, which exceeded last year's proceeds, was due in large part to support from Title Sponsor the Microsoft Store at The Shops at Mission Viejo and Presenting Sponsor Seabreeze Management Company, Inc. The sold-out, 563-guest fundraiser included a silent auction, luncheon, luxury opportunity drawing packages (valued at up to $4,700), and a runway fashion show featuring clothing and accessories from retailers at The Shops at Mission Viejo modeled by the hospitals nurses and affiliated physicians.

From left: Peter Bastone, President and CEO, Mission Hospital and Michael Soto, representing Title Sponsor the Microsoft Store at The Shops at Mission Viejo.

Proceeds from the 2011 Valiant Women Luncheon support three important areas that impact women's health:

  • Women's Services at Mission including the Women's Wellness Center - a 15,000-square-foot outpatient facility offering a comprehensive array of health care and wellness services for women.
  • Mission Maternity Center – newly redesigned to provide a warm and inviting environment for new moms, providing a comfortable and beautiful setting for the most special time in a woman's life.
  • The Nursing Center of Excellence - With a nation-wide nursing shortage, this program is crucial to attracting and retaining excellent nurses at Mission--providing them with state-of-the-art training and professional development.

The luncheon was chaired by Margarita Solazzo who thanked everyone for their support: "Over the past 15 years, the Valiant Women Luncheon has raised more than $1 million for Mission Hospital, a testament to the support group's strong dedication and leadership."

Sue Jacobson, Manager of the Women's Wellness Center, spoke next and stressed the importance of women investing in their own health. "Women, in general, take care of everyone else they love before they consider their own health and well-being. Our theme today is Celebrate Women, Celebrate Life and we are worth celebrating. I would like to encourage each and every one of you to make your own health a top priority." Following Sue's encouraging message was the guest speaker Argie Cupples, one of Mission's former patients who survived an aortic dissection.

The ballroom became silent while Argie told her riveting story of the events last August when she thought she was suffering a heart attack. Once at Mission Hospital, tests revealed a much more serious situation – a potentially-fatal aortic dissection, leaving her with slim chances of survival. "Dr. Darbinian and his surgical team spent 10 hours working to save my life. He is one of only a few surgeons who are skilled enough to perform this type of surgery. We are so fortunate to have him here at Mission Hospital."

One of the highlights of the Valiant Women Luncheon program was the fashion show modeled by Mission Hospital nurses and affiliated physicians. Clothing and accessories were provided by Arden B., Banana Republic, Cache, Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market and ZARA; all from The Shops at Mission Viejo. Makeup was provided by MAC Cosmetics and hairstyling was provided by Toni & Guy, both from The Shops at Mission Viejo.

In addition to the Microsoft Store's generous Spirit of Giving as Title Sponsor, the 2011 luncheon was supported by Presenting Sponsor: Lisa Dale of Seabreeze Management Company, Inc.; Valiant Sponsors: The Shops at Mission Viejo, Monex Precious Metals - Michael and Vicky Carabini; Tom and Margarita Solazzo, the Cummings family, the Young family, and Mission Hospital's Executive Team; Regal Sponsors: Dr. Howard Cheng and

Dr. Sharon Bae-Cheng, Coast Radiology Imaging & Intervention, Inc., Golden State Foods, Igor and Jeanne Olenicoff, Marleen and Jim Quandt

The luncheon concluded with the luxury opportunity drawings:

1. Technology Makeover, valued at $2,200. Donated by the Microsoft Store at The Shops at Mission Viejo. This package included a Dell Inspiron Duo, docking station, DEL XPS14 laptop, Microsoft wireless mouse 4000, Timbuk2 computer bag and more.

2. Fabulous Fashionista, valued at $2,850. Included a piece of David Yurman jewelry valued at $1,000 courtesy of Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, women's fashions from Tommy Bahama, leather tote from Banana Republic, rhinestone graphic tee, skinny jeans, cardigan sweater and accessories from Cache, $250 gift card to Arden B., services and products by Toni & Guy, $100 gift certificate and accessories from ASICS, and 12 valet parking passes to The Shops at Mission Viejo.

3. Forever Young, valued at $4,700. Donated by Pacific Coast Cosmetic & Laser Medical Center, James A. Heinrich, MD. This package included a $4,000 gift certificate for any surgical or laser procedure, consultation with Dr. Heinrich, $500 gift certificate for skin care, Botox or Juvederm, and a silk peel or facial choice.

For more information, please contact Erin McHenry at Mission Hospital Foundation at 365-3865 or visit