Hundreds of supporters, volunteers and friends gathered at the St. Regis Resort last week for Hoag Hospital Foundation's 47th Annual Christmas Carol Ball.
A tradition since 1966, the event raises funds for Hoag to support a variety of needs, including comprehensive programs, research, clinical trials and excellent patient support services.
“The Christmas Carol Ball has a rich tradition of community support, raising millions of dollars for Hoag for the past 47 years,” said Flynn Andrizzi, Hoag Hospital Foundation president and senior vice president at Hoag.
This year's co-chairs – Mary Allen, Ann Raney and Pame Schmider – greeted guests upon arrival. Hoag's longtime friend, Nora Jorgensen Johnson, gave the invocation.
Other special touches included a performance by String Theory, who provided entertainment with giant instruments, including a harp that hung from the ceiling and extended past the dance floor.
Elegant gold decor created a warm ambience as guests rang in the holiday season with fine dining by Executive Chef Frederic Castan, and danced to the music of the NRG band. Guests enjoyed fresh doughnuts made to order and treats from local vendor B-Toffee.
As part of the silent auction, Bid for a Cause featured an exclusive chance for guests to make smaller donations with mighty impact for the hospital. Items included purchasing books for one semester of higher education for a nurse, providing care for a child with type 1 diabetes for a day, and buying a new wheelchair for patient transport.
Notable guests included Robert Braithwaite (Hoag president and CEO), Dr. Richard Afable (Covenant Health Network president and CEO), Tracy and Roger Kirwan (Hoag Hospital Foundation board chair), Ron and Sandi Simon, Mary and Dick Allen, Lindsay Davenport and Jon Leach, Gary McKitterick, Steve Jones, James and Viki Coufos, Vahé and Dr. Lisa Karamardian, Joan and Andy Fimiano, Tom and Karen Linden, James and Kelly Mazzo, Dr. Aidan and Ann Raney, Jane and Richard Taylor, and Bill and Nancy Thompson.
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