Record-Breaking Funds Raised at PIH Health Foundation Gala - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Published on May 01, 2014

Record-Breaking Funds Raised at PIH Health Foundation Gala

Net Proceeds to Fund New Groundbreaking 3D Mammography Equipment

The 30th annual PIH Health Foundation Gala held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 set records with more than $1.2 million dollars raised to support the purchase of ground breaking 3D mammography equipment. The event also broke records with more than 740 guests in attendance. The sold-out event themed “Fly Me to the Moon” was held at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach.

“Our initial goal was to raise enough to purchase at least one 3D mammography machine for PIH Health, which costs about $500,000,” said Mary McCarthy, Gala chair. “However, thanks to an extremely generous donor who put up an early $500,000 challenge grant to match individual donations, we were able to elevate our goal and raise enough to purchase multiple machines. It has been incredibly exciting.”

The gala is the largest annual fundraiser held in support of PIH Health. The event included a silent auction, which featured jewelry, designer handbags, electronics, luxury vacations, gift baskets, dinners and tickets to sporting events and local amusement parks, as well as a live auction.

An appeal gift of $120,000 from Riad Darwish MD on behalf of the Intercommunity Dialysis Center, Whittier Kidney Dialysis and Acute Dialysis Services was made as well as a donation of $100,000 by the Henry L. Guenther Foundation.

“The community truly came together to support PIH Health,” said Rich and Annette Atwood, Healthy Living – Healthy Giving co-chairs. “We are so grateful for all of the generous donations that will directly impact the health of the community.”