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A Valentine for cardiac care

Fundraiser: Bob and Diane Benjamin are Sweetheart couple for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial

Posted: February 22, 2012 6:25 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2012 6:25 p.m.

Shelley Hann, on stairs, is serenaded by The Men of Harmony as her husband, G. Marshall Hann, right, looks on. The Hanns were the hosts of the annual Sweetheart Gala held on Valentine’s Day to benefit cardiac services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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It was an evening for hearts, flowers and charity. The annual Sweetheart Gala hosted by Shelley and G. Marshall Hann was held at the Hanns’ Westridge home to honor Sweetheart Couple Robert and Diane Benjamin.

“We were very honored to be selected as the  sweetheart couple at the Hann’s Valentine’s Day celebration,” Diane Benjamin said. “It was a beautifully romantic event. So many wonderful couples were there and each have their own magic formula for staying in love. Our formula includes ongoing respect for each other, lots of patience, deep commitment and a great big dose of kindness.”

Nearly 50 guests were treated to performances by The Men of Harmony barbershop quartet singers and the Canyon High School Madrigals, led by Choir Director Mary Purdy.

The musical groups offered up romantic tunes including “Silhouettes” and “My Romance.”

Guests were also treated to a three-course gourmet meal by Tamra Levine of Salt Creek Grille Catering.

A special Valentine’s martini was served by bartender Saul Escudero.

As each female guest arrived at the Hanns’ front door she was presented with a long stem red rose, courtesy of the Benjamins.

The event was held to benefit cardiac services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Henry Mayo has invested $1.3 million in new cardiac equipment so the hospital will be able to treat patients that previously would have been transferred elsewhere.

Emergency open-heart surgery should be available  at the community hospital within a few months.

Ed Masterson served as emcee for the evening.

“This is the third time this week that G. Marshall and Shelley have given up their home for a fundraising event,” Masterson said. “We’re also going to honor a special couple this evening, Robert and Diane Benjamin. They are above all kind, benevolent, have a tremendous sense of humor and extremely giving.”

G. Marshall Hann welcomed the guests to his home and addressed the women in the audience, “Happy Valentine’s Day to all the ladies, from all the men,” he said.

Bob Hudson, Henry Mayo chief financial officer and Diane Vose, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation, thanked the Benjamins, the Hanns and the guests who attended in support of the hospital.

“I can’t tell you how important it is to us, the support of the community,” Hudson said.

“Thank you all for your contributions and thank you for being here to honor the Benjamins,” said Vose.

The Benjamins were married on Dec. 9, 1978. In honor of their long marriage a special cake from Jill’s Cake Creations was cut by the couple. They also were treated to their own dance, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

The evening ended with many of the attending couples joining the Benjamins on the dance floor.

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