Holiday Gala 2017

Save the Date:

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort North
Dana Point, CA 92629

Event Highlights:

The Mission Hospital 21st Annual Holiday Gala was an enormous success – raising more than $1 million - thanks to the engagement of hundreds of inspired community members and guest speakers Patrick J. Kennedy and Kay Warren.

Patrick J. Kennedy (former Rhode Island Congressman, founder of The Kennedy Forum and One Mind) and Kay Warren (co-founder of Saddleback Church) shared their personal and family struggles with mental illness and urged the community to partner with Mission Hospital to build a specialized dual-diagnosis mental health program treating chemical dependency and mental illness.

Kennedy and Warren described mental illness as a disease of the brain and called community members to treat mental illness with the same dignity and respect that other diseases are given. They praised Mission Hospital for serving as a leader in enhancing access to mental health and wellness programs and services.

One of the grand moments of the evening was a Fund a Need challenge which raised more than $600,000 to support the dual-diagnosis mental health unit at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.

This will be the only dual-diagnosis unit in Orange County, and one of the few across the state and country. This innovative program truly represents Mission Hospital’s commitment to the highest level of advanced, compassionate care. Based on a thorough analysis of community needs and current trends in our patient volume, approximately 80% of the patients in this dual-diagnosis program will be young adults between the ages of 18-29 years.

The evening also included live and silent auctions featuring exclusive trips to South Africa, Peru, Punta Mita, Sonoma and a raffle for Drop Sapphire earrings valued at $25,000, donated by Ambassador sponsor Lugano Diamonds - Idit and Moti Ferder. Other Ambassador sponsors include Andrea A. Shelly and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stern. Emerald sponsors include Kevin and Patricia Moriarty and Orange County Neurosurgical Associates.

The remaining funds raised by the gala will support advanced technology, cutting-edge programs and services, nursing excellence and community benefit programs that support the hospital’s seven clinical institutes: Cancer, Heart & Vascular, Mental Health & Wellness, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women & Infants.

To learn more about how you can become involved in next year's Holiday Gala, please contact Jessika Abbott at (949) 365-3844 or