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Torrance Memorial Medical Center's 29th annual Holiday Festival raised $2 million toward the hospital's $200 million capital campaign to fund construction of the new Patient Tower. More than 5,000 community members enjoyed the six-day event hosted under a 22,000 sq-ft white tent on the Torrance Memorial campus. Festivities included a display of 32 decorated trees, a Fashion Show, Gala Dinner, Santa Lunch, two Seniors Days and Holiday Shopping Boutique.

During Friday evening's Gala, Richard and Melanie Lundquist raised their paddle for a $1 million bid during the heartwarming "Gifts from the Heart" opportunity for guests to come forward with donations starting at $1,000. Three separate $100,000 bids came from Loraine and Ralph Scriba, Billee and John Gogian, and Jeff Neu. As a bonus to the week's festivities, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. donated a 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid as the Opportunity Drawing Grand Prize, which raised $42,300.

Additional live auction items included two separate "Dinners for 10 at the Lundquists with Strand House Chef Greg Kozinsky," purchased by Priscilla Hunt and also Milla and Ron Buss of the Teague Foundation for $11,000 each. Andrea and Michael Zislis and the Zislis Group donated multiple live auction packages, including three "Spectacular Napa…A Wine Lover's Paradise" trips hosting five couples for three days/two nights at the Sutter Home Victorian Inn. The package includes five VIP private tastings and tours and reservations at Michelin three-star restaurant French Laundry. These were each purchased for $11,000 by Nick Tell, Julie and Jackson Yang, and also Marc & Joanne Moser, Norman Panitch, M.D., Aileen Takahashi, M.D., and John McNamara, M.D.

Festival sponsors included: Festival Benefactors - Billee and John Gogian, and The George and Reva Graziadio Family Foundation; Festival Sponsors - McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Torrance Memorial Medical Staff; Major Sponsors - Keenan & Associates; Dinner Sponsors - American Honda Motor Corporation, Ayne and Jack Baker, COR Healthcare Medical Associates, Jackie and Greg Geiger, Lenore and Irving Levine, Ellen and Patrick Theodora, and Loraine and Ralph Scriba; Reception Sponsor - Angela Hanis; Fashion Show Benefactor - Angela Hanis; Boutique Sponsor - Patricia and Richard Lucy; In-Kind Benefactors - G.S. Gaudenti Brothers, Morrow Meadows, Newport Printing, Redondo Van & Storage, Rolling Hills Flower Mart , Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., and The Zislis Group; In-Kind Sponsors - Classic Tents, Lowes (store #2278), Sam's Club (store #6628), Vineyard 29 and Pat Yates; and Media Sponsors - Daily Breeze, Palos Verdes Peninsula News, and The Beach Reporter.

The 2012 Holiday Festival Committee includes: Festival Co-Chairs - Carolyn Snyder and Bev George; Facility Chair - Ray O'Dell; Boutique Chairs - Ruth Daniels, Chris Pavesi and Linda Roehm; Children's Market Place Committee - Florence Tebbets, Carol Rippstein and Andrea Gargaro; Design Committee - Ginny Frazier, Michelle Rand and Angie Scott; Entertainment Chair - Jeannine Frandsen; Silent Auction Co-Chairs - Song Klein, Helaine Lopes, Kathleen Wilson and Helle Catallo; Fashion Show Co-Chairs - Nadine Bobit, Linda Perry, Kelli Piken and Mae Sinkowitz; Finance Co-Chairs - Betty Broughton, Jean O'Dell and Barbara Smith; Luminaries Representatives - Gail Hayashi Hubbard and Debbie Uba; Opportunity Drawing Co-Chairs - Judy Grohne and Ginny Olney; 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. So far $126 million has been raised toward the capital campaign.

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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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