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Crystal Ball Nets Close to Half-Million for Hospital

An "unforgettable" evening with Natalie Cole pays off big time.

The Crystal Ball raised just shy of a half-million dollars for Arcadia Methodist Hospital. Natalie Cole provided the entertainment for about 870 guests who gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center on Oct. 13; tickets for the black-tie gala cost upwards of $400.

Guests of honor were former Methodist CEO Dennis Lee and his wife, Carolyn, for their years of support for the hospital and the community. 

“Any event like the Crystal Ball is the result of the work of many hands and hours of dedication and I’m very grateful to our co-chairs and committee,” said Methodist Hospital Foundation President Michael Driebe. “This event has become the premiere gala in the San Gabriel Valley. In the last two years alone, we have raised over a million dollars after expenses and we couldn’t do it without our volunteers, sponsors and guests.”

This year’s proceeds support Methodist Hospital’s stroke program, designated an advanced primary stroke center for Los Angeles County by The Joint Commission and recent recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

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