The Foundation's Heartbeat Gala will celebrate its 19th year on Feb. 2 as donors and community members come together to raise money for the Stead Heart and Vascular Center housed at the hospital. Leading the way is chairman Don Kendrick, who serves at the Foundation's first vice chairman when he's not also serving La Verne where he is the mayor.
The Heartbeat Gala is the largest fundraiser for the foundation in terms of attendees and money raised. Tickets for the festive evening at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario are $225 per person. Since its inception, the gala has raised more than $2.5 million for equipment, programs and an endowment fund. This year gala proceeds will be used to purchase the Volcano System, an intra-vascular ultrasound, to aid doctors while treating their patients. The lone machine costs $80,000.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a lovely reception and silent auction of delightful items and baskets. Dinner then will be served while a live auction is conducted.
Dancing will round out the night. Other entertainment will include Cirque From the Heart (a juggler, contortionist and an interactive segment) along with Bonita High School's Jazz Band.
"It is heartwarming to have generous support from our community and hospital friends who continue to support Heartbeat Gala on an annual basis.
The Stead Heart Center was established in 1986 shortly after the Bill Stead family provided a generous gift to the hospital in memory of Charles and Marion Stead. The facility became the Stead Heart and Vascular Center in 2006 when its programs where expanded.
Today, it provides excellent cardiovascular and stroke services to Inland Valley residents by offering testing, medical procedures and rehabilitation.
Reservations are necessary for this black-tie optional fundraiser.
For more information, call 909-865-9139.