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The Crowd: Hoag holiday party a festive affair

December 23, 2011|By B.W. Cook
  • HEALTH AND COMMUNITY: Honorary chairs Ron and Sandi Simon with event co-chair Dr. Lisa and Vahé Karamardian at Hoag Memorial Hospital’s 45th annual Christmas Carol Ball.
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY: Honorary chairs Ron and Sandi Simon…

It's Christmas Eve 2011 and the world is taking a collective moment to reflect.

Listen to the quiet. Cherish the peace.

Most everything and most everyone grinds down an octave or two as Christmas dawns.

So much to be grateful for. So much to aspire to.

The message, not only for people of the Christian faith, but for all humankind, is pax vobiscum — Latin for "peace be with you."

If only it could be so. Surely such a miracle would signal the dawn of the Messianic era.

We will simply have to wait. And hope. And practice simple acts of kindness.

On the Orange Coast, Hoag Hospital and the Hoag Foundation's 552 Club gathered in grand spirit to celebrate the 45th annual Christmas Carol Ball.

Nearly 500 guests in festive holiday glitter converged upon the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel and Resort for the holiday party of the season. It was dedicated to the health of the community and was also in support of needy families assisted by Share Our Selves (SOS), Costa Mesa.

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Definitely a legacy of kindness and hope.

The event was chaired with both passion and style by Vahé and Lisa Karamardian. Lisa is a respected physician within the Hoag family, serving the needs of women and children through her obstetric practice in the Hoag Women's Health Institute.

Joining the Karamardians were Newport philanthropists Sandi and Ron Simon, citizens of generous good will. Financial support also came from corporate donors including major sponsor Tiffany & Co., The Turnip Rose, Sterling BMW. The Wailea Beach Villas, Maui, and the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

Tiffany & Co.'s South Coast Plaza Store Director Michael Botsko joined fellow executive Chris Holt, welcoming guests and accepting accolades for the nearly 500 crystal plates delivered to partygoers in the classic blue box tied in white satin ribbon.

Wait staff distributed the holiday gifts on silver trays, presenting each guest with a package. Tiffany & Co. also provided the premiere live auction item, diamond and platinum earrings valued at $15,000.

Hoag supporters included Edward Fedishon, Richard and Judy Voltmer, Tom and Margaret Larkin, Dr. Alan Beyer, Dr. James Cailouette, Byron and Ronnie Alumbaugh, Larry and Deborah Bridges, and chairman of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board Jim Coufos and his wife, Viki, of Pelican Point.

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