San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation Dinner Honored Dorothy Ellis

The San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation is happy to announce that the Emerald Ball gala, held March 6 at Morongo Casino, Resort, and Spa, was a successful and poignant event for the Foundation.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the annual dinner, which always honors a “Perfect Partner” who has contributed to the Hospital’s success. This year the event honored Dorothy Ellis, former Hospital District Board Chair, who passed away in October, 2013.

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Dorothy Ellis

“We honored Dorothy as our Perfect Partner this year because of her many contributions not only to the community at large, but to the Hospital as well,” said Siobhan Lopez, Foundation Coordinator.

“Aside from being the CNO at our Hospital in years past, she served on our Healthcare District Board and brought so many programs to our Hospital and community, including VNA Hospice, Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group, and Relay for Life,” Lopez said. “Those organizations are still continuing to raise money for the fight against cancer and help people with their journeys with cancer. She is living on through her many works and philanthropic contributions.”

Live AuctionThe Emerald Ball was sold out, with 500 people in attendance to enjoy a nice dinner, dancing and entertainment, and both a live and silent auction. Nearly $90,000 was raised, according to Lopez, including the funds raised for cardiac heart monitors during the “Hospital Challenge.”

The crowd especially enjoyed the popular Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha Green, the return of Auctioneer Tim Taylor, and the music of Paul McDonald.

Martha Green

Martha Green

Two of the most coveted auction items were private dinners at Martha Green’s home, which raised a combined $8,000. Green is the owner of The Eating Room and Dough’lectibles Bakery in Redlands, and is well known for her cooking and philanthropy.

In addition to the entertainment, Dr. Magi Senthil, an oncologist from the Loma Linda University Cancer Center, gave a brief lecture on breast cancer, before a slideshow honoring Dorothy Ellis’s life and contributions was played for the attendees.

“Dorothy’s family, including Bruce, her husband, Barbara and Susan, her daughters, Tim, her son-in-law, and Amanda, her granddaughter, were in attendance,” Lopez said. “We honored her memory through the touching slideshow, and will be dedicating the garden between the old and new hospital buildings to her, and will hold a Dedication event in July to name the garden the Dorothy Ellis Serenity Garden.”

Dorothy's Family 2

From left: Dorothy’s daughters, Barbara Polacek and Susan Wysocki; Dorothy’s granddaughter, Amanda Polacek; Dorothy’s husband, Bruce Ellis; and Dorothy’s son-in-law, Tim Polacek, who spoke on behalf of the family.

The San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation is grateful to Epic Management and Beaver Medical Group, the Emerald Circle presenting sponsors, plus the many supporters who attended this year’s Emerald Ball and made it a success!

Read the article featured on the front page of the Banning-Beaumont Record Gazette!

Hospital foundation’s Emerald Ball celebrates breast cancer awareness

At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide safe, high quality, personalized healthcare services. A 71-bed facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 63rd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the Pass region.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is supported in part by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Hospital, and by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital’s volunteer organization. The Auxiliary runs the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, at 3453 West Ramsey Street in Banning.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Avenue in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit

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