Hoag Hospital Foundation held its 29th annual
Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch at Island Hotel on May 9 and raised
$840,000 to benefit the Hoag Family Cancer Institute.
More than 350 Circle 1000 donors and friends, along with Hoag physicians
and staff, attended the luncheon to celebrate a legacy of service to those
affected by cancer.
“I am honored to be part of such as an extraordinary community that
is so committed to making a difference in the fight against cancer,”
said Sheryl Anderson, chair of the 29th Annual Founders’ Celebration
Brunch. “Thank you all for being here today and for supporting one
of our community’s greatest resources,
Hoag Family Cancer Institute, which has now become a leading center of excellence not only in Orange
County but across the country.”
Shannon Miller, author and the most decorated gymnast in American history,
inspired the audience with her story of resilience through her battle
with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She urged all women and men to make
their health a top priority.
“I can’t thank all of you enough for the efforts you have made
and continue to make to fight against cancer,” she said. “What
you’re doing saves lives in more ways than one. It’s not just
about helping those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but also making sure
that we have those diagnostic tools that we need to detect cancer earlier.
When we have more options for treatment we can have more survivors and
of course, one day we’ll have the cure.”
Circle 1000 was founded by Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor,
Sandy Sewell in 1987. She gathered a group of friends and asked them each
to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually. She also tasked them 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 in the last 29 years.
To learn more about Circle 1000 underwriting opportunities, contact Shannon
Spurgin at (949) 764-7205 or Shannon.Spurgin@hoag.org.