The Tracy Family Celebration 2016 raises record-breaking amount for Behavioral
Health Services at St. Joseph Hospital
ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2016 – St. Joseph Hospital’s annual fundraising event raised a record-breaking
amount of $575,000 for Behavioral Health Services. More than 600 guests
attended the Tracy Family Celebration 2016, presented by Ron and Marsha
Moeller, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Guests
enjoyed silent auctions, raffle drawings, a wine wall and a spectacular
dining experience. In addition, the Spirit of St. Joseph Award, which
honors donors who embody the spirit of St. Joseph in their work, was presented
to Dr. Robert and Debbie del Junco and David and Ruth Seigle. The highlight
of the night was a live performance by legendary member of Fleetwood Mac,
St. Joseph Hospital President and CEO Steven C. Moreau commented on the
need for philanthropic support for mental health services. “Approximately
one in four adults experiences behavioral health symptoms. And Orange
County alone had a 45 percent increase in suicide rates, which is the
largest increase of any urban county in the nation,” said Moreau.
Celebration Committee Member Cynthia Tracy explained why behavioral health
is close to her heart and advocated for support. “Mental health
is a brain disease. We fundraise for diabetes and different types of cancers,
but we need to raise more awareness about brain disorders and break the
stigma of mental health,” said Tracy.
Proceeds from the event will support the Behavioral Health Services expansion
project at St. Joseph Hospital. The first phase of the project will add
12 beds for geropsychiatric patients and 12 beds for chemical dependency/substance
abuse patients. The new beds will be housed in semi-private rooms, which
will provide patients with more privacy and enhance the healing process.
Behavioral Health Services is one of the initiatives of St. Joseph Hospital’s
five-year, $50 million
Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign that began in October 2015.
To learn more about the
Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
priority, please click