It was arguably the most anticipated Christmas ball of the season. Hoag
Hospital Foundation welcomed upward of 650 guests to the 50th annual Christmas
Carol Ball, held at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. An impressive
$1.5 million was raised for the vital community healthcare resource.
Karen Linden andCindy Stokke, this golden anniversary holiday spectacular brought the total dollars
raised to date by the Hoag Promise Campaign to $428 million — which
is helping the Hoag Hospital Foundation meet its 2020 goal of $627 million.
Helping to make this lofty pursuit a reality are many of the O.C.'s
most seriously philanthropic citizens, among them
Josephine Herbert Gleis,
Sandi andRon Simon,
Steven A. Silverstein,
Trish andMike Berchtold,
Al Bubion, and
Viki andJames Coufos.
The glittering crowd in their holiday finery sat down to a lavish dinner
created by executive chef Collin Thornton. In cherished tradition, Hoag
Nora Jorgenson Johnson, wife of the late physician
Jim Johnson, led the dining room in an opening prayer followed by a chorus of "Jingle
Guests were up out of their seats and on the massive dance floor as a show
titled "Dancing Through The Decades" was delivered by dance
band NRG. Front and center for Hoag were many of the O.C.'s most prominent
Dr. Richard andSally Afable, Dr. James Caillouette and
Dr. Paul andEllen Lee,
Dr. Michael and
Dr. Danni Sun,
Dr. Mark and
Dr. Alan and
Dr. Kris Iyer and
Dr. Maria DaCosta-Iyer, and
Dr. John and
Party chairs Linden and Stokke and team created the event around the nostalgic
early days of Hoag, when the likes of
Al Auer and
Marshall Duffield rallied around the launch and development of the Newport Beach hospital
in the 1950s. By 1966 the Christmas Carol Ball was initiated, originally
billed as the Voices of Christmas. It was put together by the old Hollywood
stars at the Balboa Bay Club as a songfest and poetry reading.
Attending the 50th anniversary of that original songfest were descendants
of some of the pioneers.
Ethan Wayne, youngest son of John, joined
Duffy Duffield, son of
Marshall Duffield, and
Alison Kearns, daughter of
Auer, in a nod to their late dads — all of whom made a major difference
for Hoag in its formidable days.
The who's-who crowd of present-day O.C. standout celebs included
Bob Callahan, Hoag CEO
Robert Braitwaite, Hoag foundation President
Karen andTom Linden,
Maralou andJerry Harrington,
Carmela Du, and
Steve Fry, among many others.