A gala fundraiser for Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center's Chest Pain Center was topped off with a surprise announcement on Sunday that the program would receive accreditation as the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.
The 23rd annual "Evening of Wine and Roses — A Tuscan Affair" raised funds for the center with an evening of Italian wine and gourmet cuisine. More than 750 people attended the festivities held outdoors on the hospital grounds.
The evening began with a reception and silent auction with lavish hors d'oeuvres and specialty libations created by celebrity mixologist Jacopo Falleni. A four-course meal prepared by four top chefs from area restaurants and a live auction capped off the gala.
The Chest Pain Center in the hospital's emergency room was opened a year ago after more than five years of planning, said Dr. Santo Polito, medical director of cardiovascular services.
"The fundraiser tonight is so we can grow," he said.