Hoag Summer Fest has been a popular fundraiser for Hoag Hospital for over three decades, but the event has taken a Covid-induced hiatus for the past two years.
Fortunately, Hoag Summer Fest returned on June 22 and picked up where it left off in 2019.
More than 1,500 guests attended this year’s beach-themed event hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation. In addition to live entertainment from the popular band Tijuana Dogs and a virtual raffle, some three dozen local restaurants showcased their culinary creations by serving small bites and several renowned wineries sampled their signature varietals.
More than $340,000 was raised for the Hoag Employee Scholarship Program, which helps Hoag employees achieve their career aspirations by pursuing higher education.
“We are happy to see the return of the Hoag Summer Fest. For 34 years, it has not only been served to Hoag patients, but has also brought the community together for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., President of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to our community partners who continue to help Hoag lead the transformation of the future of healthcare here in Orange County and beyond.”
This year, former Hoag Trustee Gabrielle White and James Caillouette, MD, Joan & Andy Fimiano chaired the Hoag Summer Fest, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and Chairman of the Board of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
According to Hoag’s information, both are longtime leaders at Hoag and part of a group of founding supporters of the Hoag employee scholarship program. The program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to non-nursing employees — two-thirds of Hoag’s workforce — to help offset tuition, materials costs and other expenses associated with earning a degree, license or certificate related to an employee’s career at Hoag.
“We want to be a lifelong learning institution. If we are always learning, we are always improving,” said Dr. Caillouette.
Among the local partner restaurants who donated their time, talent, food and drink: A & O – Balboa Bay Beach Resort & Club, Bluewater Grill & Oyster Bar, The Bungalow Restaurant, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, El Cholo, Lido Bottle Works, Louie’s by the Bay, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Newport Rib Company, Oliver’s Osteria, Starfish, Sweetfin and many others.
Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has grown into one of the nation’s top health care systems, serving a diverse and growing population. The Hoag Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hoag, is an integral partner in Hoag’s vision to become a trusted and nationally recognized healthcare leader. Visit www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org for more information.