Seeing legendary Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks rock out at City
National Grove of Anaheim usually wouldn't be an occasion for black
tie and designer gowns, but this late-October evening was unique: It was
St. Joseph Hospital's annual fundraising event, which raised a record-breaking
$575,000 to support mental health care. The proceeds will help the hospital
add 12 desperately needed beds for geropsychiatric patients and another
12 for those with chemical dependency and substance abuse issues.
The 600 guests who attended the 2016 Tracy Family Celebration (presented
by Ron and Marsha Moeller) enjoyed the usual silent auctions, raffle drawings
and fine dining experience you expect at grand galas. But it was also
a time to reflect on those whose suffering too often goes unaided. "Mental
illness is a brain disease," said committee member Cynthia Tracy
in an impassioned speech. "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 illness."
Robert and Debbie del Junco and David and Ruth Siegle went home with the
Spirit of St. Joseph Award, honoring their support as donors. Closing
the evening, Nicks sang an abbreviated set from her new tour, "I'll
never forget you," she told St. Joseph supporters.
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