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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, Stevie Nicks.

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 here..