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TORRANCE, CA (December 7, 2011) - Torrance Memorial Medical Center's 28th annual Holiday Festival wrapped up Sunday raising a record $14.5 million toward construction of the hospital's new $450 million patient tower. More than 5,000 community members enjoyed the six-day event hosted under a large white tent. Festivities included a display of more than two dozen decorated trees, a Fashion Show, Gala Dinner, Santa Lunch and Holiday Shopping Boutique.

At Friday evening's Gala, an announcement of the largest cumulative donation in the hospital's history of $13.5 million was topped with an additional $426,700 raised through a live auction. Auction highlights included the heartwarming "Gifts from the Heart" opportunity for guests to come forward with donations starting at $1,000. As the excitement grew, Ralph and Sigrid Allman of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Graziadio Foundation each came forward with a donation of $100,000. Sam and Rose Feng of Manhattan Beach contributed $50,000.

As a  bonus to the week's festivities, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. donated a Lexus CT 200h as the Opportunity Drawing Grand Prize, with an estimated value of $35,000.

Most of $13.5 million combined gift announced at the Gala came from Donald and Priscilla Hunt of Manhattan Beach. The Hunts donated $11.5 million to honor the hospital's dedication to caring for the community. In recognition of the gift, the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Cancer Institute and the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Nuclear Medicine Center will be named and housed within the new patient tower upon its completion in 2015.

The hospital's 850-member volunteer group, the Auxiliary, announced a separate $1 million multi-year pledge, the largest gift from this group in its 60-year history. The gift will be allocated toward the Healing Garden in the new main tower. Long-time hospital supporters Melanie and Richard Lundquist made a matching $1 million gift as honorary co-chairs of the $200 million main tower capital fundraising campaign in the hopes of inspiring the generosity of others.

Additional live auction items included a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LT donated by Chevrolet of Montebello and the Teague family of Palos Verdes Estates. Melanie and Richard Lundquist purchased the car for $20,000, and then donated it back to the auction where it was repurchased by long-time volunteer Betty Broughton for $18,500. Melanie and Richard Lundquist donated two weekend trips to San Francisco for three couples with accommodations at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. The trips were purchased for $10,000 each by Torrance Memorial endocrinologist Cynthia Williams, M.D., and Jan and Ian Teague. Andrea and Michael Zislis donated a two-night's stay at Napa Valley's Franciscan Estate, wine tastings and tour, and a VIP dinner and wine pairing at The French Laundry restaurant for six people. Pat and Ellen Theodora of Palos Verdes Estates purchased the Napa package for $9,500.

Festival sponsors included: Festival Benefactors - John and Billee Gogian, The Graziadio Family Foundation and Hunt Enterprises, Inc. and Donald and Priscilla Hunt; Event Sponsors - Keenan Healthcare, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Torrance Memorial Medical Staff; Dinner Sponsors - American Honda Motor Corporation, Ayne and Jack Baker, Greg and Jackie Geiger, Loraine and Ralph Scriba, Sodexo Health Care, and Cynthia Williams M.D. and Chris Delgado; Fashion Show Benefactor - John and Billee Gogian; Boutique Sponsor - L.J. Hanis; In-Kind Benefactors - G.S. Gaudenti Brothers, Morrow Meadows, Newport Printing, Redondo Van & Storage, Rolling Hills Flower Mart Studio, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and The Zislis Group; In-Kind Sponsors - Allied Waste Management, Amuze Music, Choura Event Rentals, Arrowhead Water and Beverage, Designer Specialty Linen, International Silk, Kole Imports, Lowes (store #2268), Sam's Club (store #6628), Sodexo, Sprouts Farmers Market, United Site Services and Pat Yates; and Media Sponsors - Daily Breeze, Palos Verdes Peninsula News and The Beach Reporter.

The 2011 Holiday Festival Committee includes: Festival Co-Chairs: Carolyn Snyder and Bev George; Facility Chair: Ray O'Dell; Facility Co Chair: Detlef Stevenson; Boutique Chairs: Ruth Daniels, Chris Pavesi and Linda Roehm; Children's Market Place Committee: Florence Tebbets, Pam Kenoyer and Andrea Gargaro; Design Committee: Ginny Frazier, Michelle Rand and Angie Scott; Entertainment Chair: Jeannine Frandsen; Silent Auction Co-Chairs: Song Klein, Helaine Lopes, Allison Mayer and Kathleen Wilson; Fashion Show Co-Chairs: Nadine Bobit, Linda Perry, Kelli Piken and Mae Sinkowitz; Finance Co-Chairs: Betty Broughton and Jean O'Dell; Luminaries Representatives: Danielle Lauro, Cathy Siegel and Debbie Uba; Opportunity Drawing Co-Chairs: Judy Grohne and Ginny Olney; Publicity Chair: Barbara Cardella; and Volunteer Chair: Irene Wilson.

            Torrance Memorial's new patient tower, a seven-story, 256-bed replacement project, is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in early 2015.

About Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sidney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit:


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