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50th Anniversary Christmas Carol Ball

Golden anniversary gala raised $1.5 million in support of Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform

Hoag Hospital Foundation was joined by more than 640 of Hoag’s family of supporters, volunteers and friends at the Monarch Beach Resort to celebrate the 50th Annual Christmas Carol Ball on Saturday, December 10, 2016. This year’s Ball raised just under $1.5 million to support Hoag.

The Christmas Carol Ball started in 1966 as the Voices of Christmas, an event featuring dozens of A-list Hollywood actors and performers who gathered at the Balboa Bay Club to sing Christmas carols and read poetry. The fundraiser was originally in Santa Monica but 552 Club booster, Marshall Duffield, who had his share of Hollywood connections, convinced the group to bring the show south for an encore performance benefiting Hoag. Several of Hoag’s celebrity supporters got on board. Harry Babbitt sang, Buddy Epsen tap-danced, Andy Devine read “Twas the night before Christmas” and John Wayne recited a poem.

Saturday night, guests were led in a surprise sing-along by the descendants of the original Voices of Christmas Ball celebrants. Son of legendary actor John Wayne, Ethan Wayne; Al Auer’s daughter, Allison Kearns; and Marshall Duffield’s son, Duffy Duffield did a recreation of an iconic photo of their fathers singing around the piano at one of the first Voice of Christmas events.

“The Christmas Carol Ball has a unique and rich history of support from our community. Some of our guests have attended the Ball for all 50 years! This is a true testament of our community’s dedication to Hoag and its mission. We are forever grateful for the event founders, supporters, guests and volunteers who have made this a tradition for half a century,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation.

This year’s Christmas Carol Ball was chaired by Karen Linden and Cindy Stokke. “We are honored to serve as the 2016 co-chairs for the golden anniversary of this important philanthropic tradition. Tonight, we have collectively raised nearly $1.5 million for the Hoag Promise Campaign,” said Linden and Stokke. They added that the Hoag Promise Campaign has raised $428 million to-date, bringing the Hoag Hospital Foundation to 68 percent of its $627 million goal by 2020.

Cindy Stokke is presently chair of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and serves as a member of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors. Member and former Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Chair, Karen Linden, currently serves as chair of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors as well as a member of the Hoag Promise Campaign Leadership Council and the Hoag Family Cancer Institute Campaign Advisory Committee.

A lavish dinner prepared by Executive Chef Collin Thornton was served, followed by a live “Dancing Through the Decades” show by the energetic band, NRG. Guests danced the night away, many leaving with silent auction items. Several guests participated in the adopt-a-family holiday drive by bringing an unwrapped toy or gift for families supported by Share Our Selves (SOS) of Orange County.

This year’s Ball was a memorable and very special evening for all. To view photos from this years Christmas Carol Ball, click here.

For more information, please visit HoagPromise.org or ChristmasCarolBall.org.

Underwriters of the 2016 Christmas Carol Ball include:

Presenting Angel  

The Josephine Herbert Gleis Foundation
Debbie and Jeff Margolis
Scott S. Pollard, Trustee of the Winslow Maxwell Charitable Trust
Kyle Wescoat


Trish and Mike Berchtold
Maria and Al Bubion
Sandi and Ron Simon
“Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation”, Steven A. Silverstein and Larry Felix, Directors
Dan and Leslee Young
Guardian Angel
Ben and Carmela Du
Cynthia and Steve Fry
Kris V. Iyer, MD and Maria G. Dacosta-Iyer, MD
KiDA: OC Center of Excellence for Autism
Margaret and Tom Larkin
Providence Health & Services

Christmas Angel

Ginger and Tony Allen
Dr. Richard and Sally Afable
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Beyer
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brunswick
James T. Caillouette, MD and Gabrielle White
Terry and Bob Callahan
CHOC Children’s Foundation
James and Viki Coufos Foundation
Joan and Andy Fimiano
Maralou and Jerry Harrington
Ken and Lydia Himes
Roger and Tracy Kirwan
Dr. and Mrs. Paul and Ellen Lee
Karen and Tom Linden
Ann and Robert Lucas
Rick Martin, RN
Carolyn and Gary McKitterick
Newport Critical Care Physicians and Dr. Andre Vovan
Newport Orthopedic Institute
Magic and Bill Passo
Jamie and Jamie Shepherdson
Sterling BMW / Preston Minor
Al and Cindy Stokke
Jane Parkford Taylor
Susie and George Wood
Raney Zusman Medical Group

Sweetheart Angel

Allscripts Healthcare LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Belling
Helga Birmingham
Jeff Brandt, MD and Wesley Sasser-Brandt
Dr. Michael and Toria Brant-Zawadzki
Deborah D. and Larry J. Bridges
Sheri and Chris Dialynas
Pat and Jerry Jones
Joseph Family Foundation
Shanaz and Jack Langson
Thomas C. Mouradick
Nelson and Morris
Newport Emergency Medical Group
Newport Harbor Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Inc.
Newport Harbor Radiology Associates Medical Group, Inc.
Pacific Hospitalist Associates
Progressive Management Systems
John and Susan Spiezia
Dr. Danni Sun        

Celebration Angel

Fred and Michelle Abdelnour
Frances and John Applegate
Kathie and Dwight Armstrong
James T. Asher
Mrs. Linda L. Bertone
Terri Turner and Dr. Bill Brownson
John L. and Carol Curci
Laurie and Jake Easton III
Heather and Ira Garbutt
Mrs. Roger W. (Jocelyn) Gilbert
Andrew Guarni and Jennifer Cook
Joann and Otis Healy
Dori Holnagel and Bruce Proctor
Robert J. Hopkins III
Bob and Ginger Juneman
Peter Kompaniez
Glen L. Morse and Douglas Coe
Phillip O’Carroll, MD and Elizabeth Rue
Dr. Mark Olson and Tawnie Olson
Andrea and Jeffrey Reeves
Mark and Melody Robinson
Linda and Sandy Smith
Michael and Diane Stephens
Janie Tsao and Yvonne Tsao
Dennis and Paula Vlasich
Carol and Kent Wilken

About the Hoag Hospital Foundation

Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s finest health care systems and serves a diverse and growing population. Hoag Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hoag (a separate 501(c)(3) corporation), is an integral partner in Hoag’s vision to become a trusted and nationally recognized health care leader.  

The Foundation launched Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform with a goal of $627 million by 2020, making it one of the largest campaigns to date in community-based health care. The Hoag Promise Campaign is comprehensive in the truest sense of the word. Every leader from every area is engaged. Every institute and center is touched. Every program is enhanced. The goal is to drive Hoag’s continued clinical leadership, innovative spirit and transformative potential. Please visit www.HoagPromise.org.


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