It was more than imagination that raised $285,000 at the Saddleback Memorial Foundation spring gala at Monarch Beach Resort.
THE PARTY An evening of Japanese elegance and enchanting musical artistry dazzled the more than 400 attendees who made their way to Monarch Beach Resort for the Saddleback Memorial Foundation’s spring gala in support of I’MAGINE, the space redesign project benefiting MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. THE SCENE A cocktail reception and warm introduction from Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker set the tone for the lively auction and night of giving. THE HIGHLIGHTS Homemade pies baked by foundation board member and former CEO Steve Geidt sold like hotcakes, while lavish live auction items like a seven-night stay at a Caribbean villa in St. Kitts made the ballroom buzz. But it was the presentation by I’MAGINE campaign chairs Sam and Tammy Tang that motivated attendees to donate a generous $285,000. With that contribution, the Saddleback Memorial Foundation has raised a grand total of $8.25 million for MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center—above and beyond its $7 million goal. Toastworthy, indeed! -Riley Greenough
Photos by Paul Gero