The most vital resource in any community has got to be the standard of health-care services available to its citizens. In Newport-Mesa, and throughout Orange County, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian arguably is the region's most important health-care resource. The health of this community is linked inexorably to Hoag's doctors, nurses, staff and administration.
For this reason, and because there exists a long-standing and close personal relationship between the Hoag family of physicians and staff and generations of families in Newport-Mesa, the 44th annual Christmas Carol Ball on behalf of the hospital was a resounding success.
More than 600 guests in black tie and holiday gowns a glitter came together Saturday night for dinner, dancing, and Christmas hugs and kisses at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel & Resort in Dana Point, raising upwards of $900,000 (pending the final tally of donations). Funds raised by organizers representing the Hoag Hospital Foundation and the Hoag 552 Club will benefit and support the work of Hoag physicians and nurses at all of the Hoag facilities, including Newport Beach, Irvine and seven additional health centers countywide.