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17th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon Raises over $245,000 for Women’s Services at Mission Hospital


MISSION VIEJO, CA – Mission Hospital's 17th Annual Valiant Women Luncheon hosted over

560 guests on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The event raised record-breaking net proceeds of over $245,000 for Women's Services at Mission Hospital including Mission Women's Wellness Center, improvements at Mission Maternity Center, and advanced nursing education/scholarships for

Mission Hospital nurses. The success of the Luncheon, which exceeded last year's proceeds by $55,000, was due in large part from the support of Title Sponsor Seabreeze Management Company, Inc. and CEO Lisa Dale and Runway Sponsor West Coast University and American Career College. Event efforts were led by Valiant Women Board Chair Kathleen Krogius and Fashion Show Chair Terri Owcarz. The 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.

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 17 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 all philanthropic dollars raised are part of a larger comprehensive campaign called Mission500 that will fund expansion at Mission Hospital's two campuses, including a Neuroscience and Spine Institute, state-of-the-art technology and an endowment to invest in future needs and nursing education.

The program also featured an inspiring story by former patient and Mission Hospitalphilanthropist Susan Morrison who spoke about her gratitude for the compassionate and specialized level of care she received from her nurses and physicians at Mission during her recent traumatic car accident. Susan's heartfelt message was followed by a video showcasing several of Mission Hospital's top nurses who spoke about why their profession makes a difference in the community. Mission Hospital nurse Charity Holmes shared, "Being able to see patients come in such a vulnerable state and caring for them so they can go back to their normal every day activities… that is why I come to work every day." The video also highlighted Mission Hospital's recent designation as a Magnet facility--the gold standard for nursing excellence and a status that only 6% of hospitals in the United States have achieved.

Following the video presentation, Dr. Barry Ryan, President and CEO of West Coast University, introduced the fashion show which featured Mission Hospital nurses and affiliated physicians as models. Clothing and accessories were provided by Ann Taylor, Caché, Fossil, Lorna Jane, Macy's, Tommy Bahama, White House | Black Market, 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 Seabreeze Management Company, Inc.'s and Lisa Dale's generous Spirit of Giving as Title Sponsor, the 2013 luncheon was supported by Runway Sponsor: West Coast University and American Career College; Presenting Sponsors: Cindi Grace and Steve Camp; Tim and Jill Harmon; The Kozlowicz Family; Mission Hospital's Executive Team; Chereen and Larry Pasternack; and The Shops at Mission Viejo; Valiant Sponsors: Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc.; Rachel Miller of The Miller Law Firm; Monex - Michael and Vicky Carabini; Tom and Margarita Solazzo; and The Young Family.

Proceeds from the 2013 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 System, the 552-bed hospital is one of 14 not-for-profit hospitals sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. For more information, visit