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16th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon Raises $190,000


Mission Hospital’s 16th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon, held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, raised net proceeds of $190,000 for Women’s Services at Mission Hospital. These proceeds will support improvements at Mission Maternity Center, Mission Women’s Wellness Center and advanced nursing education/scholarships for Mission Hospital nurses. The success of the event, which exceeded last year’s proceeds by $40,000, was due in large part to support from Title Sponsor Seabreeze Management Company, Inc. and CEO Lisa Dale and the efforts of Chair Margarita Solazzo. The sold-out fundraising luncheon included a silent auction, luxury opportunity drawing packages (valued at up to $4,700), and a runway fashion show modeled by Mission Hospital’s nurses and affiliated physicians wearing clothing and accessories from retailers at The Shops at Mission Viejo.

From left: Kenneth D. McFarland, President and CEO, Mission Hospital; Presenting Sponsor Chereen Pasternack; Chair Margarita Solazzo; Title Sponsor Lisa Dale, Seabreeze Management Company, Inc.; Presenting Sponsor Larry Pasternack.

Following Kirsten's speech, Lisa Dale introduced the fashion show which was modeled by Mission Hospital nurses and affiliated physicians. Clothing and accessories were provided by Ann Taylor, Cache, Fossil, Macy's, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market, all from The Shops at Mission Viejo. Makeup was provided by Sephora and hairstyling was provided by Toni & Guy, both from The Shops at Mission Viejo.

In addition to Seabreeze Management Company, Inc.'s and Lisa Dale's generous Spirit of Giving as Title Sponsor, the 2012 luncheon was supported by Presenting Sponsor: Cinderella Cakes--Chereen and Larry Pasternack, and Mission Hospital's executive team, The Shops at Mission Viejo; Valiant Sponsors: Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc, Tim and Jill Harmon, Monex Precious Metals - Michael and Vicky Carabini; Tom and Margarita Solazzo, the Young family; Regal Sponsors: Cindi Grace and Steve Camp, Dr. Howard Cheng and Dr. Sharon Bae-Cheng, Golden State Foods, Deborah K. Hoskinson, LaBarre/Oksnee Insurance, Rachel Miller of The Miller Law Firm, Cindy and David Mirsky, Susan D. Morrison, Carl & Janet Nolet, Jr. – Nolet Spirits USA, Jeanne and Igor Olenicoff, Marleen and Jim Quandt, John, Monique and Desiree Staples, Jim and Susan Swenson.

Proceeds from the 2012 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.

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

About Valiant Women
Valiant Women is a group of dedicated community members, united by the Spirit of Giving and a common desire to ensure that women of all ages receive quality healthcare. This special group supports Mission Hospital and is dedicated to meeting the medical, surgical, educational and spiritual needs of all women. For further information about Mission Hospital Foundation, to join Valiant Women or learn about upcoming events, please 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

During the luncheon, Mission Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. McFarland thanked the members of Valiant Women and their guests for their part in making the event such a success: “Thanks to your efforts over the past 16 years, more than one million dollars has been raised to benefit women’s services at Mission such as Mission Maternity Center and the Women’s Wellness Center and to provide nursing scholarships. In fact, some of our nurses who are modeling today are grateful recipients of these scholarships.” McFarland also shared that the funds would count toward the hospital’s new $500 million comprehensive campaign called Mission500 to fund expansion, acquire state-of-the-art technology, build an endowment and provide services and programs for the underserved in our community.

The program also featured an inspiring story by former patient Kirsten Pert who spoke about the tragic loss of her baby daughter Emma who was born a stillbirth: “Five years ago, I never imagined that I would be able to look back and see the heartfelt and touching moments that were shared, but thankfully now I do. I am able to reflect upon how the caregivers at Mission Hospital cared for us with sincere compassion. How they offered us perfect care even in the most imperfect of situations, and gave us the gift of precious memories of our daughter Emma. These sacred encounters have become even more sacred to me because of my tragedy." Kirsten's talk and slide show ended with a beautiful photo of her and her husband John, their son Zane and daughter Myla, born a few years after Emma. They were sitting on a park bench with a plaque dedicated to Emma: "Some people only dream of angels. We held one in our arms."