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Circle 1000 Announces Father Gregory Boyle to Speak at Annual Founders' Celebration Lunch

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​​Newport Beach, CA (March 20, 2015) – The Circle 1000 Committee and the Hoag Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce Father Gregory Boyle, author and nationally-recognized humanitarian, as the keynote speaker at Circle 1000’s 28th Annual Founders’ Celebration Brunch from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday May 4, 2015 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA.

on Monday May 4, 2015 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA.

Father Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries in 2001 at Delores Mission in East Los Angeles. The independent non-profit organization is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States. His book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, recollects his more than twenty years in the barrio. Father Boyle is a consultant to youth service and governmental agencies, policy-makers and employers.

Bethany Knapp, chair of the 28th Annual Founders' Celebration Brunch feels a personal drive to continue to advance Hoag's premier cancer treatment center.

"Cancer touches so many people in our lives and it means so much to me that Hoag is on the forefront of treating cancer and providing world-class care and support to patients and their families," she said.

Knapp was thrilled when Father Boyle agreed to speak at this year's brunch.

"I have heard him speak and he is a phenomenal man who will inspire all of us to serve our communities," she said.

Circle 1000’s 28th Annual Founders' Celebration 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 is an inspiring story of one individual who turned around a cancer diagnosis to bring awareness, better treatments and cure rates to the thousands of patients who come to the Hoag Family Cancer Institute,” said Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D., Hoag Hospital Foundation President and Hoag Senior Vice President. “We are grateful for Circle 1000 and its founder, Sandy Sewell for their generosity to the Hoag Hospital Foundation. Their commitment to cancer care has made it possible for Hoag to purchase new technology, advance nursing education and conduct important clinical research.”

Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor, Sandy Sewell founded Circle 1000 in 1987 by gathering a group of friends to each contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually, and tasked with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From the powerful bonds of friendship, Circle 1000 grew to more than 1,000 friends who have collectively raised more than $15 million for Hoag.

To learn more about Circle 1000 underwriting opportunities, please contact Shannon Spurgin at 949-764-7205 or [email protected]

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. Please visitwww.hoaghospitalfoundation.org.

About Father Gregory Boyle

As the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries, Father Gregory Boyle has dedicated his life to helping LA’s most marginalized individuals find a place in society’s ranks. Selected as one of the White House Champions of Change, he’s become a beacon of hope around the world.

A nonprofit organization, Homeboy employs and trains hundreds of former gang members every year in seven social enterprises including Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise and Homegirl Café. Homeboy provides a path to change. It offers free, critical services such as tattoo removal (over 36,000 per year), GED programs and skills classes to people seeking a better life.

An acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Father Boyle is a nationally-renowned speaker. He speaks frequently at universities and conferences around the U.S. about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.