Evening Includes Special Performances by Darren Criss and SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! 

Los Angeles [Sept. 13, 2017– Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and Irene Dunne Guild will host Providence Saint John’s 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration: “The Future of Excellence in Personalized Healthcare” on Saturday, October 21 at 3Labs, Culver City. The evening will commemorate Saint John’s founding and unveil a new era of medical innovation. 

The event will feature a gourmet dinner by the Kitchen for Exploring Foods, as well as a special performance by Emmy-nominated actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss, as well as cast members Yvette Cason, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Angela Teek Hitchens, Boise Holmes and more from the gospel-rock-n-roll musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! 

“We are proud to celebrate 75 incredible years as a premier destination for physicians who want to offer the best in medicine and for patients who desire the best in personalized care,” said Robert O. Klein, president and CEO, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “This will be one of the biggest fundraising events in Saint John’s history, made possible by the amazing supporters in our community.” 

Saint John’s Health Center stands at the threshold of a new era, claiming breakthroughs in research and treatment. Since joining Saint John’s in 1991, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and its research have transformed the treatment of cancer. With the recent affiliation with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Saint John’s is poised to make extraordinary strides in brain-related disorders. 

The 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration honors the people of Saint John’s who make the difference – physicians, researchers, staff, trustees, volunteers and grateful patients – all working together to save lives. Net proceeds will benefit vital programs, services and greatest needs within distinguished areas of excellence at Saint John’s Health Center including cancer, cardiac care, maternal and child health, men’s health, neuroscience, nursing, orthopedics, thoracic surgery and urology. 

Leadership support includes event Diamond Chairs: Christine & Jordan Kaplan, Dominic Ornato, and Cindy & Bill Simon; Dinner Chairs: Debra & Norris Bishton; Abbott L. Brown & Jerrie Paula Brown; Stella Hall & Jim Fordyce; Martha & David Ho Family; Beth & Bob Lowe; Shelby Notkin; Donna Schweers & Tom Geiser; and Donna Tuttle & David Elmore. 

This year’s honorary event committee includes: Julie Andrews, Jennifer Beals, Annette Bening & Warren Beatty, Don Cheadle, Embeth Davidtz & Jason Sloane, Zooey Deschanel, Allyson Felix, David Foster, Jennifer Garner, Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers, Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Jay Huguley, Michael Keaton,

Johnny Mathis, Katharine McPhee, Angela Lansbury, Chris O’Donnell, P!nk, Dennis Quaid, Ray & Anna Romano, Vin & Sandy Scully, Jane Seymour, Maria Shriver, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth. 

About Saint John’s Health Center Foundation:

Since 1942, Saint John’s Health Center has been a premier destination for physicians who want to offer the best in medical practice and for patients who desire the best in personalized care. Saint John’s Health Center Foundation inspires philanthropic support for Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. 

Providence Saint John’s is rooted in Catholic health care tradition, which is devoted to providing leading-edge medicine with unwavering compassion and personalized care. Private support provides the margin of excellence that enables both the hospital and the Institute to be leaders in the quality of care and research they provide. For more information, visit www.SaintJohnsFoundation.org. 

About Irene Dunne Guild: 

Since 1987, the Irene Dunne Guild has raised more than $13 million and has supported Providence Saint John’s through a wide variety of innovative philanthropic, educational and volunteer programs and services. The guild was named for the late actress Irene Dunne, considered the “First Lady” of Providence Saint John’s. 

Individual tickets to the October 21 75th Anniversary Gala are $750 and sponsorship packages are available. For more information, please contact Tess Csiszar at Saint John’s Health Center Foundation at 310-829-8168 or email Tess.Csiszar@stjohns.org. 

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