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51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball

Festive holiday gala raised more than $1.79 million in support of Hoag

Hoag Hospital Foundation welcomed more than 600 Hoag supporters, volunteers and friends to the Monarch Beach Resort to celebrate the 51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Breaking all previous records, this year’s Christmas Carol Ball raising more than $1.79 million to support Hoag.

Guests were greeted in a video presentation by “Chief Executive Elves” Joan and Andy Fimiano, chairs of this year’s gala. “As volunteers and donors ourselves, we know how meaningful it is to make a positive impact on the lives of others,” they said. “Your attendance and participation at this event makes a tremendous difference to the patients and families who count on Hoag.”

In a touching tribute video celebrating her 51 years of attendance at the Christmas Carol Ball, Nora Jorgensen delivered a heart-felt invocation. A lavish dinner prepared by Executive Chef Collin Thornton was served, followed by a live “Rat Pack” show by the energetic band, NRG. Guests danced the night away, many leaving with silent auction items. This year’s Ball was a memorable and very special evening for all.

“We are honored to have true friends in Joan and Andy Fimiano and in our community of donors who have made the Christmas Carol Ball an annual tradition,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. “Our passionate donor community has a direct and positive impact on Hoag’s ability to innovate and serve as a leader in care.” Andrizzi added that the Hoag Promise Campaign has raised $492 million to date, bringing the Hoag Hospital Foundation to 79 percent of its $627 million goal by December 31, 2020.

To view photos from this year’s Christmas Carol Ball and to watch video highlights of the fun and memorable evening, please visit www.HoagPromise.org or www.ChristmasCarolBall.org.

We thank our generous 2017 Christmas Carol Ball underwriters: 


Trish and Mike Berchtold
Mr. Pei-yuan Chia and Ms. Katherine Shen
Kirwan Family Foundation, Inc. with The Thomas E. and Margaret G. Larkin Foundation
Ron and Sandi Simon

Guardian Angel

Mr. James T. Asher
Iacocca Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Du
Stephen T. Fry
Carolyn and Gary McKitterick
Susie and George Wood
Barry Noebel
Kyle B. Wescoat

Christmas Angel

Deborah and Larry J. Bridges
Bob and Diana Brookes in memory of Lee and Joan Sammis
Robert and Kitty Brunswick
The Butler Family
James Caillouette and Gabrielle White
CHOC Children's Foundation
John Spiezia Family and John K. Conners Family
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Dialynas
Maralou and Jerry Harrington
Ken and Lydia Himes
Peter Kompaniez
Daphne and Kai Liang
Karen and Tom Linden
Robert J. Lucas
Rick Martin, RN
Newport Critical Care Physicians
Newport Emergency Medical Group
Newport Harbor Radiology Associates Medical Group, Inc.
Newport Hoag Orthopedics
Raney Zusman Medical Group
Sea Crest Home Health Services, Inc.
Jamie and Jamie Shepherdson
Sterling BMW
Janie and Victor Tsao
Carol and Kent Wilken, Sally and Randy Crockett, Magic and Bill Passo, Barbara and Bill Adams, Pat and Jerry Jones
Don and Priscilla Willis

Presenting Angel

Callero Family Foundation
Joan and Andy Fimiano
Fudge Family Foundation
Debbie and Jeff Margolis
Reyes Family
Linda and Tod White
Winslow Maxwell Charitable Trust

For more information about the 2017 or Hoag Hospital Foundation, visit www.HoagPromise.org or call (949) 764-7217.

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 December 31, 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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