• Mardi Gras 2014 Showcases Top Vendors


    Now that the Olympics are over, how will we fill our evenings? Well, several hundred locals plan to avoid “Olympic withdrawal” by attending Methodist Hospital’s 19th annual Mardi Gras next Tuesday, March 4, at Sirona’s in the beautiful Santa Anita Park.

    Attracting hundreds of revelers and dozens of restaurants every year, Mardi Gras will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. One of Methodist Hospital’s highest profile and most successful fundraising events, the annual “beads and boas” celebration is expected to be one of the most successful ever, with mouth-watering food prepared by more than 30 of the area’s most successful eateries and vendors.

    Among these are Benihana, Celestino’s Ristorante & Bar, Hai Di Lao Hotpot, Green Street Restaurant, La Luna Negra, Matt Denny’s, Sena on Myrtle and Toro Sushi and Bar, just to name a few.

    The 80z All Stars, a California 1980s tribute band, will once again provide lively music for dancing and entertainment. The annual Mardi Gras parade will get the celebration going, with activities such as a silent auction and dancing also on the agenda. For more information on supporting this worthy cause or to buy tickets, please contact the Methodist Hospital Foundation, 626-898-8888 or mardigras@methodisthospital.org.

    For the second time in a row, event co-chairs are Sherry Wang, a Methodist Hospital Foundation board member and two-time chair; longtime hospital supporter Patty Soldo, who also chaired for the second time; and four-time chair/co-chair Lindburgh McPherson.

    Former Methodist Hospital Chief of Staff James Y. Lin, MD, will reign as King of Mardi Gras, recognized for his longtime support of Methodist Hospital and the outstanding clinical care he has provided to thousands of patients. Proceeds will go to support the hospital’s highly successful cancer program.

    “I feel extremely honored, considering all the fine people who have served as king before me,” Dr. Lin said of the honor. “I want to continue helping the foundation raise funds for the cancer program, which is one of the clinical areas the hospital strives diligently to expand and strengthen. It’s a great thrill to be honored by an event I have supported for many, many years.”

    Over the years the celebration has seen many changes. Once a formal event, it has changed course to become more casual. The Mardi Gras parade began in 2010 featuring the Arcadia High School Pep Band. A live band now performs each year.

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