Host Jackie Watson was keeping an “EyeOn” the 2014 Caritas Gala The Irene Dunne Guild co-hosted in partnership with the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation the event on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. The event honored multi award-winning musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer and recording artist David Foster and his wife, television personality, model and interior designer Yolanda Foster; and Tonian Hohberg, president and founder of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. The gala featured a special performance by David Foster.
The 2014 Caritas Award was presented to David and Yolanda Foster for their continuous support of Providence Saint John’s. David is one of the most successful record producers in history. He has created albums that have collectively sold in the hundreds of millions.
Yolanda Foster is best known for her starring role in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” A dedicated philanthropist, she supports the David Foster Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Belo Children’s Cancer Ward in Manila Hospital in the Philippines.
Foundation trustee Tonian Hohberg will be honored with the Spirit of Saint John’s Award for her inspirational service to Providence Saint John’s and its mission. Hohberg is president and founder of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, an internationally recognized college that specializes in preparing students for careers in fashion design, interior graphic, visual and entertainment industries.
The Caritas Gala is co-hosted each year by the Irene Dunne Guild in partnership with Saint John’s Foundation to honor individuals who exemplify dedication and commitment to the community and embody the philosophy and mission of Providence Saint John’s. Proceeds from the gala benefit vital programs and services at the health center. Since 1987, the Guild has raised more than $11 million and has supported Providence Saint John’s through a wide variety of innovative philanthropic, educational and volunteer programs. The Guild is helmed by Kate Prudente; event chair is Evelyn Guerboian.
Past Caritas Gala honorees include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Martin Sheen, Vin Scully, Robert Wagner, Pierce Brosnan, Chris O’Donnell and Jimmy Stewart.