The Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and Irene Dunne Guild has announced that chart-topping recording artist and actress Katharine McPhee will perform at their annual gala celebration, which will take place on Saturday, October 20 at the Beverly Hilton. The Gala, themed “The Power of Partnership” this year, honors the people of Saint John’s who make the difference – physicians, researchers, staff, trustees, volunteers and grateful patients – all working together to save lives. Net proceeds will benefit vital programs, services and greatest needs within distinguished areas of excellence at Saint John’s Health Center including cancer, cardiac care, maternal and child health, men’s health, neuroscience, nursing, orthopedics, thoracic surgery and urology.

“We are looking forward to another remarkable evening celebrating the work of our incredible physicians and nurses, the innovative research we continue to pursue on our campus and our devoted supporters who help make it all possible,” and supporters who make what they do possible,” said Robert Klein, President and CEO, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “We are thrilled to have Katharine McPhee joining us to share her beautiful voice and headline what is sure to be an unforgettable night!”

Leadership support for this year’s event includes Irene Dunne Guild gala chair Christina Arechaederra. Christina is supported by the gala committee including Maria Arechaederra, Sylvia Balbona, Jane Loh, Cheryl Robertson Thode and Kathy Yawitz.

This year’s Dinner Chairs include Kathy and John Danhakl, Lynda Oschin and Jerry B. Epstein, Mary and Jay Flaherty, Martha and David Ho Family, Robert and Elizabeth Lowe, Teresita and Shelby Notkin, Dominic Ornato, and Donna Schweers and Tom Geiser.

Individual tickets to the October 20 Gala Celebration are $750 and sponsorship packages are available. For more information, please contact Tess Csiszar at Saint John’s Health Center Foundation at 310-829-8168 or email For more information, visit

Submitted by Elyse Weissman

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