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Mission Hospital's 18th annual black-tie gala raised $1.2 million for the new Neuroscience & Spine Institute

Mission Hospital's 18th annual black-tie gala raised $1.2 million for the new Neuroscience & Spine Institute

Mission Hospital Annual Gala Raises $1.2 Million in Net Proceeds for Neuroscience & Spine Institute

Mission Viejo, CA – More than 620 guests attended Mission Hospital's18th annual black-tie gala at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on December 14, 2013. This year's event raised net proceeds of $1.2 million for the new Neuroscience & Spine Institute at Mission Hospital.

The evening began with a private VIP cocktail reception to honor the gala's top sponsors. VIP guests included Title Sponsor, Nolet Spirits U.S.A. – The Nolet Family: Janet and Carl Nolet, Jr., Bill Eldien and Ed Jordan; along with Ambassador Sponsors Kevin and Patricia Moriarty and Emerald Sponsors Hollencrest Capital Management / The Masson Family Foundation, Lew Webb's Classic Car & Event Center, Orange County Neurosurgical Associates and The Williams Family.

During the dinner program, Mission Hospital's President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth D. McFarland thanked the Gala sponsors and chairs Jana and Adam Williams and Rosemary and Dr. Sylvain Palmer for their Spirit of Giving in support of the event.

Guests then watched a special video about Adam Williams, who as an eighteen-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident. Dr. Palmer, a neurosurgeon at Mission, led the team who saved his life 14 years ago. Adam's mom Nancy Williams was so grateful for the lifesaving care he received that she has provided generous support for the traumatic brain injury program at Mission, helping to fund critical expansion and equipment including the new Neuroscience & Spine Institute. "The generosity and selfless giving of the Williams Family has laid the groundwork for our new Neuroscience & Spine Institute," said Dr. Sylvain Palmer. "As a result, our Traumatic Brain Injury medical team has shared life-saving protocols and trained many hospitals around the country and even overseas…saving lives all over the world." Adam and Jana Williams' ten-year-old son Morgan took the microphone and thanked Dr. Palmer for saving his dad's life, receiving a standing ovation from the guests.

The evening also included a successful Raise the Paddle opportunity that raised $86,850 led by generous donors Barry and Valerie Hon and Jim and Sara Sullivan.


One of the highlights of the event was the silent and live auctions. The silent auction showcased unique travel packages, sports memorabilia, and more. The live auction featured one-of-a-kind experiences and trips including: An OMEGA Speedmaster Professional "Moonwatch" and an exclusive VIP trip for 2 to NASA in Houston, Texas and private guided tour of the Johnson Space Center; a dinner for 10 at The Strand at Headlands' Exclusive Private Oceanfront Beach Club with dinner prepared by Best-Selling Author and Celebrity Chef Sara Forte; 5 nights/6 days in the privacy of a luxury villa with the five-star quality services of a world-class resort at Villas Del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico; a Mark Pomerantz custom designed suit and an Audi R8 One Day Experience at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Gala Top Sponsors include:

TITLE - Nolet Spirits U.S.A. - The Nolet Family; AMBASSADOR - Kevin and Patricia Moriarty.

EMERALD - Hollencrest Capital Management / The Masson Family Foundation, Lew Webb's Classic Car & Event Center, Orange County Neurosurgical Associates, The Williams Family.

BENEFACTOR - O'Connell Family Foundation Trust, Chereen and Larry Pasternack, West Coast University and American Career College, Ginny and Mark Wetterau, Zimmer, Inc.; VALET - Jaguar Land Rover Mission Viejo; STAR - Harry Cheshire, Coast Radiology Imaging and Intervention, Inc.

Robert and Dawnmarie Deshaies, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, The Malchow Family Trust.

Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel, Mission Hospital Executive Leadership Team,, ER Physicians at Mission Hospital, Steve and Cathy Muzzy, Omega Watches, Carl S. Rehnborg, Beth Schimmel, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Costa Mesa, Sara and Jim Sullivan and Family, Sunwest Bank, Karen and George Thagard, III. MEDIA SPONSOR: Orange Coast Magazine.

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

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