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Baby Docs Sell Out Dizz’s As Is Event to Raise Over $16,000

Physicians’ Annual Fundraiser Benefits Saddleback Memorial Women & Children’s Services.

Baby Docs Sell Out Dizz’s As Is Event to Raise Over $16,000
Laguna Hills, CA, October 13, 2015 --( Saddleback Memorial Foundation hosted the 17th annual Dizz’s As Is fundraising event in Laguna Beach on October 5. The sold-out event raised over $16,000 (net) to benefit women and children’s services at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

In a perfect role reversal, physicians affiliated with The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial acted as the wait staff, personally serving the hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entrées and desserts to approximately 80 guests. Hugo Folli, Vice President of Ancillary Services, took on the role as bartender for the evening.

Grateful patients and owners of Dizz’s As Is, the Pitz family, opened the restaurant’s doors for the 17th consecutive year for this event, where guests sported their favorite comical T-shirts.

The fun and laughter reached a new level when Saddleback Memorial Medical Center CEO Steve Geidt stepped up as live auctioneer. His humor at the helm helped drive the basket prices up during the auction, which brought in more than $12,000 for women’s and children’s services.

“This year, we really outdid ourselves,” said Geidt. “We always have a great time with this tight-knit group - it brings out everyone’s generosity for a wonderful cause, and the competition to outbid each other is fierce.”

A three-course dinner to be hosted by Mary O’Toole, M.D., and Anne Marie Raffo, M.D., at the Raffo residence, got the highest bid of the night, at $2,200.

Among the guests were recent grateful patients Brian and Monika Dowd. Brian Dowd thanked the team, who saved the lives of his wife and baby during an emergency C-section earlier this year.

“Because of the NICU, tonight we have a baby to go home to,” said Brian Dowd.

Saddleback Memorial Foundation President Cecilia Belew loves the casual atmosphere at this one-of-a kind event, where most of the attendees have known each other for many years and are close friends.

“The community of Saddleback Memorial is amazing,” said Saddleback Memorial Foundation President Cecilia Belew. “We receive support from grateful patients like the Dowd and Pitz families, as well as our physicians. We see how the physicians develop a personal connection to their patients, and how lives have been touched. The Foundation is thrilled to support these relationships created through extraordinary moments of care.”

About Saddleback Memorial Medical Foundation
Saddleback Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, raises philanthropic support for Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, a community-based, not-for-profit hospital. The generous support of donors enables Saddleback Memorial Foundation to continue to keep the medical center at the cutting edge of procedures and medical expertise, as well as provide programs and services for the community. To learn more about supporting Saddleback Memorial Medical Center through the foundation, please call (949) 452-3724 or visit

About Saddleback Memorial
Saddleback Memorial is continually honored for exceptional medical expertise that offers high quality, compassionate care for patients and families at every stage of their lives. It received Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals, presented to only 1% of U.S. hospitals for consistent, sustained clinical performance, high quality care and superior patient outcomes for at least six years. It also received Becker’s Healthcare Top U.S. Hospitals and American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines highest honor - Gold Plus for cardiac and stroke care. Its centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills includes personalized obstetrics care, a highly regarded perinatal program, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that specializes in high-risk pregnancies and caring for fragile newborns. To learn more, go to

About MemorialCare Health System
MemorialCare Health System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system that includes six top hospitals – Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial, and Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills and San Clemente; medical groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; a health plan – Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health centers, imaging centers and surgery centers throughout the Southland (Orange County and Los Angeles County). For more information, go to
Contact Information
Saddleback Memorial Foundation
Melissa V. Centeno
Office: (949) 452-3106
Cell: (949) 328-0895

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