SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Irene Dunne Guild co-hosts the 2016 Caritas Gala in partnership with the Saint John's Health Center Foundation board of trustees, Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. The black-tie event will honor Jennifer Beals with the Caritas Award; Allyson Felix with the Hope & Inspiration Award; and Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan, on behalf of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, with the Spirit of Saint John's Award. The evening will feature a special performance by singer/songwriter and actress Alisan Porter, recent winner of NBC's The Voice, Season 10.
Jennifer Beals is an internationally renowned actress who has been featured in over 50 films and currently stars in NBC's medical drama The Night Shift. Beals is on the Board of Mount Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center and was presented with the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award in 2012 for her support in the LGBT community. Olympian Allyson Felix has won a total of six Olympic gold medals and is now the most decorated female track & field Olympian in history. Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan serves as chair of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and is a trustee of Saint John's Heath Center Foundation and the University of Southern California as well as several community and charitable boards. The Leavey Foundation has donated more than $200 million to charitable organizations.
Net proceeds from the gala benefit vital programs and services at the Health Center. Since 1987, the guild has raised more than $13 million and has supported Saint John's through a wide variety of innovative philanthropic, educational and volunteer programs and services. The guild was named for the late actress Irene Dunne, considered the "First Lady" of Saint John's. Saint John's Health Center Foundation inspires philanthropic support for Providence Saint John's Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. For more information, visit www.SaintJohnsFoundation.org.
Individual tickets to the Oct. 22 Caritas Gala are $500 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 Tess.Csiszar@stjohns.org.
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