Holiday Gala


Saturday, December 5, 2020
6 p.m.


Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629

Event Information


Mission Hospital’s 2019 Holiday Gala “Beyond the Limits” was an enormous success – grossing nearly $3 million - thanks to hundreds of inspired community members, dozens of physician partners and its dedicated gala chairs: George O’Connell and Dr. Matthew Kaplan, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Mission Hospital and CHOC at Mission.

Proceeds from the sold-out event, held on Saturday, December 7 at the Monarch Beach Resort, will support the vital expansion of Mission Hospital’s Emergency Department – a project that will be fully funded by philanthropy.

More than 500 Guests were moved by the inspirational patient stories of Wade Sundell and Lisa Foto. Wade, the reigning Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion at last summer’s Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, was crushed by a horse when it suddenly reared up.

“At first I thought I was okay,” Wade recalled. “I had no idea that my liver was lacerated and I needed immediate trauma care.” Dr. Peter Czuleger, the onsite Mission Hospital Emergency Medicine Physician, saw the incident and encouraged Wade to go to Mission Hospital’s Trauma Center right away.

“Mission Hospital truly saved my life,” Wade shared. “When I arrived at the hospital, I was taken immediately into the operating room. My blood volume was replaced 1.5 times as Dr. Kushner repaired my severely damaged liver. I spent two weeks in a medically-induced coma and visited the operating room several more times, but ultimately, I woke up to see my beautiful girlfriend Shelby. And thanks to Mission Hospital, Shelby and I can watch our two-year old son grow up together. I can’t thank you enough.”

Wade’s inspiring story was followed by Lisa’s amazing account of hope and healing. Twelve years ago Lisa survived a ruptured brain aneurysm. “On a severity scale of 1 to 10, my hemorrhage was a 10,” shared Lisa. “I was a patient at Mission Hospital for 52 days, and spent five weeks of that in a medically-induced coma in the surgical intensive care unit.”

“My recovery was the most challenging thing that I have ever faced, but thanks to Mission Hospital, I’ve made a complete recovery. Since then, I watched two of my three children get married and celebrated the birth of all five of my grandchildren. I never would have known the joy of being a grandmother if Mission Hospital had not saved my life.”

Guests also enjoyed an exciting live auction, which included two front-row tickets to a Gwen Stefani concert, an exclusive meet and greet after the concert, two-night overnight accommodations at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and transportation to Las Vegas in a private jet.

On behalf of the thousands of patients and families served at Mission Hospital every year, we extend our deepest appreciation to our premier Holiday Gala sponsors: The O’Connell Family, Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Association, Rancho Mission Viejo and Kevin and Patricia Moriarty.

For any questions regarding this year's Holiday Gala, please email Rachelle Chin or call 949-365-3893. 


George O'Connell
Matthew Kaplan, MD


Toni Andrews
Alexa Biegenzahn
Brandon Biegenzahn
Vicky Carabini
Jane Casanova
Tanya Ebner
Bill Eldien
Dave Hanna
Marsi Hanna
Pat Hwang
Gloria Luna
Elizabeth Keany
James Keany, MD
Gisou Mahmoud, MD
Greg Miles
Brady O'Connell
Eden O'Connell
Kerri Pianalto
Tricia Raymund
Paul Sampedro
Dodette Shulman
Len Shulman
Margarita Solazzo

Thank you to our 2019 Holiday Gala premier sponsors


The O'Connell Family


Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Association
Rancho Mission Viejo


Kevin and Patricia Moriarty


The J. Grace Foundation
Kallins Family Foundation
Mission Heritage Medical Group
Carl and Janet Nolet-Nolet Spirits/Ketel One Vodka
Shulman Bastian LLP
Coast Radiology Imaging and Intervention, Inc.
Susan D. Morrison
Marleen and Jim Quandt


Citizens Business Bank
Community Orthopedic Medical Group
Robert and Dawnmarie Deshaies
Jane and Joe Hanauer - Laguna Beach Books
Head & Neck Associates of Orange County
Healthcare Design & Construction LLC
Sgt. Mark Antonowitsch Foundation


The O’Connell Family
Rancho Mission Viejo

For more information about the Mission Hospital Holiday Gala, please contact the appropriate person below:

Sponsorship, Attendees and General Event Information

Jennifer Garner
or send an email

Christy Welch
or send an email

General Event Information, Auction and Volunteers

Rachelle Chin
or send an email


Jennifer Garner
or send an email

Mailing Address

Mission Hospital Foundation
27700 Medical Center Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
P: 949-364-7783
F: 949-364-7750