Newport Beach, Calif. (March 19, 2014) — The Circle 1000 committee and the Hoag Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce Jamie Lee Curtis, award-winning actress and best-selling author, as the keynote speaker at Circle 1000’s 27th Annual Founders’ Celebration Brunch on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Island Hotel Newport Beach.
Jamie Lee Curtis is a film and television actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Halloween, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places, and A Fish Called Wanda. Additionally, Curtis is the best-selling author of ten children’s books, with over 5 million copies in print.
“We are thrilled to have Jamie Lee Curtis celebrate with Circle 1000 and share her personal story of how she has been touched by cancer,” said Circle 1000 Chair Beth Knapp. “Jamie will join a special group of past notable speakers that includes Nancy Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and Alan Hobson.”
The Circle 1000 annual brunch is an inspirational and priceless opportunity for cancer survivors, family, friends, and Hoag supporters to connect and commemorate the strides made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
“Circle 1000 brings hope to the fight against cancer and plays an integral part in making Hoag Family Cancer Institute a world-class resource for our community,” said Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D., Hoag Hospital Foundation President and Hoag Senior Vice President. “We are grateful for their generosity to the Hoag Hospital Foundation and commitment to cancer care which has made it possible for Hoag to purchase new technology, advance nursing education and conduct important clinical research.”
Circle 1000 was founded in 1987 by Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor, Sandy Sewell, to gather a group of friends who would contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually, and each were tasked with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From those simple beginnings, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised over $14.4 million for Hoag.
To learn more about Circle 1000 underwriting opportunities, please contact Jennifer Garner at (949) 764-7211 or Jennifer.Garner@hoag.org.
About Hoag Hospital Foundation
Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s finest healthcare 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 healthcare leader. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation conducts campaigns and programs that generate more than $40 million per year in gifts and pledges. The Foundation is currently in the planning phase of a campaign with a working goal of $500 million by 2020.
About Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis is a film and television actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Halloween, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places, and A Fish Called Wanda. In television, Curtis co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom Anything but Love. She also performed in the title role in TNT’s adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s play “The Heidi Chronicles” and in the CBS telefilm Nicholas’ Gift. She most recently appeared as Mark Harmon’s lover, “Dr. Samantha Ryan,” on NCIS and as Zooey Deschanel’s mother on New Girl.
Curtis is the best-selling author of ten children’s books, with over 5 million copies in print including her most recent New York Times bestseller, My Brave Year of Firsts.A recovering alcoholic/addict, Curtis is honored to have served on the Board of Directors of CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) and The Scott Hitt Foundation as well on the Advisory Boards of CAAF (The Children Affected by Aids Foundation) and The Starlight/Starbright Foundation. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.