Thursday, July 24

A summer of donor appreciation

This summer has been quite hectic around the office with adding various naming opportunities around the hospital. With each new naming comes a dedication event. Our donors and their guests have thoroughly enjoyed getting the know the hospital and our areas of excellence through these events and we are honored to get to know these amazing philanthropists!

I never have enough photos from these events since I always end up playing double duty- event planner and photographer! 

The first event this summer was a dedication of our hybrid suite in our Cardiovascular suite. Some of our most generous donors, Al and Denise Frink have named our Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) in honor of a brave young woman, Annie Capaldi. As an athletic fifteen year old, Annie had to undergo open heart surgery. Today, at 20 years old, she is an active, healthy college student (and a member of the best sorority- Delta Delta Delta!- not that I'm biased!).     

     Our guests were able to not only to tour the hybrid suite but also get to know the incredible technology we have. We also had a few patients in attendance who's lives were saved by this technology.  
Al and Denise Frink with Annie Capaldi

The dedication took place in Annie's Suite. After that, our guests were escorted to our cafe patio where they were able to spend time together and celebrate the generosity of our donors. 

Because everyone loves a candy bar! 

I always like to make sure guests leave with a little something. 

We used dark chocolate so that our physicians wouldn't get mad at us! 

Al and Densie are big fans of wine, my kind of people! We purchased a magnum bottle of wine and asked all of our guests to sign the bottle that we gave to Al and Denise at the end of the evening. 

 The next month we hosted another dedication event! 

Vince and Jodi Ferragamo (you might know Vince from the NFL- lets go Rams!) have been supports of Orange Coast Memorial for years and we are so fortunate to have them as part of our family. Years ago, Jodi began hosting an event "Fight with Grace" to support our breast center. Over the years, this luncheon has grown exponentially.  We were honored to be able to recognize them in this way. 

A little DIY bunting goes a long way! Given that this event was a dedication for the MemorialCare Breast Center at Orange Coast Memorial, it only made sense to add some pink to the event! Including Mumm Napa Rose Sparkling wine!  

As a thank you to the Ferragamos, we had all of the guests sign a frame that we can add a photo to and present to them at a later point. Its the little personal touches that help our donors to feel like part of the family, not just a donor, and we truly are a family. 

Jodi has said it a million times, she cannot do what she does without her support system and we were thrilled to have many of her team of loyal friends and volunteers at this event. Many of these women have been by her side since the first event she hosted. 

Without them, we would not be celebrating the Ferragamo Foundation and their cumulative gifts of over $300,000! Their gifts have truly made an impact to our patents, our community and our hospital. 

In addition to the Ferragamos, we also recognized the support of one of the sweetest 11 year olds I have ever met. Since the age of 5, he mom has been battle cancer and has undergone treatments at Orange Coast Memorial. She was recently crowned Jr. Miss Southern California. She has selected the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation (specifically our oncology services) as her platform. She has set a lofty goal of $12,000 for the year!  Click here to check out ways to support her! Hearing her talk about her mom and the strength that she posses is truly inspiring! 

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