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'Have a Heart' Sweetheart Gala

Second annual event raises $100,000 for new cardiac cath lab at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Posted: February 18, 2009 7:52 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Dale and Tamara Donohoe, the 2009 Sweetheart Couple of the 'Have a Heart' Sweetheart Gala, standing, pose with event sponsor Roberta G. Veloz, seated at left, and her son, Peter Veloz.

If Paris is the city of lovers, then the second annual "Have a Heart" Sweetheart Gala could not have found a more perfect theme. Love was in the air and Eiffel Tower arrangements graced the tables at the Hyatt Valencia's Grand Ballroom on Feb. 13 as more than 150 guests celebrated Valentine's Day at the lavish gala.

The event, hosted by the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation, raised nearly $100,000 and will benefit the Roberta G. Veloz Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Named after title sponsor and Newhall Memorial benefactor Roberta G. Veloz, the cardiac catheterization lab is due to open April 2009 and will provide vital heart services to the growing population of the Santa Clarita Valley.

"We have 50 to 60,000 ER admissions every year, which means one in five people living in the SCV. Many of those need immediate care, such as cardiac catheterization. Because of Roberta's generosity, we will soon be able to provide another quality service within minutes of where people live," said James Hicken, board chairman of Newhall Memorial's board of directors.

Guests to the sweet affair began the evening with photos by sponsor Grins 2Go and cocktails in the lobby. The $150 gala ticket included a three-course meal of tomato bisque, filet mignon with a cherry reduction sauce and mashed potatoes and a pastry with white-chocolate mousse and strawberries.

Chris Schauble, NBC 4 News "Today in L.A." co-anchor, addressed the audience briefly before introducing Hicken. He was followed by a videotape presentation from Roger Seaver, Newhall Memorial president and CEO, thanking Veloz for her generosity and commitment to the hospital - as well as the health and welfare of our community.

"Without Roberta (Veloz) none of us would be here tonight. She sets a beautiful example of philanthropy for all of us," Seaver said.

The gala's 2009 Sweetheart Couple were Dale and Tamara Donohoe. The couple will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in June. They have four children and have been actively involved with Newhall Memorial for several decades. Dale Donohoe is currently on the hospital's board of directors.

"It's such an honor to be here. The cath lab is much needed and long overdue. The community is ready for it," Tamara Donohoe said.

Dale Donohoe, who spent 60 days at Newhall Memorial following a kidney transplant in 2007, said he sees the hospital from both sides. Tamara donated her kidney to her husband for the procedure.

"I can see it from a patient's point of view, as well as from the business side, so now I advocate for patients, as well," he said. "I thank everyone for coming out tonight and supporting a good cause."
The band Crush entertained the guests who filled the dance floor during the evening.

Among those who attended the event were Newhall Memorial cardiologists Robert Horth, MD, Kenneth Tam, MD, who will head the cardiac catheterization lab, and Ting Yee, MD, who gathered around Veloz for a photo.

For more information about Henry Mayo's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, visit
or call (661) 253-8082.


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