Holiday Gala 2017
Save the Date:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort North
Dana Point, CA 92629
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
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