Event emcee Allyson Brooks, MD with Michele Silva

Photos by: David Kawashima
MOMS Orange County held its Healthy Beginnings Bright Futures fundraising luncheon on at The Promenade by Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa generating net proceeds of approximately $60K. Dedicated to serving low-income pregnant women and young families, the luncheon featured an expert panel discussion on the ‘fourth trimester’ which refers to support for new mothers just after childbirth. Close to 200 guests attended the annual event that celebrated moms just prior to Mother’s Day.
The afternoon began with an outdoor reception which included an array of opportunity drawing packages from Disney, the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, local golf resorts and other wellness packages and wine selections. Guests then made their way into the beautiful main ballroom where luncheon consisted of a bountiful garden salad, Kansas City Broil- chicken breast served with natural herb jus topped with tumbleweed onions – and centerpiece dessert assortment.
MOMS Orange County board member David Lagrew M.D., Providence St. Joseph Health Executive Medical Director of the Women and Children’s Clinical Institute welcomed guests and facilitated a panel discussion tied to the 2018 survey “Listening to Mothers in California” addressing whether the needs of new mothers are being met.
He was joined by Allyson Brooks, M.D., Secretary of the Board of MOMS Orange County, Chief Quality Officer and Executive Medical Director, Hoag Women’s Health Newport Beach served as luncheon host.
Panel members included Christine Bixby, M.D., Neonatologist and Medical Director of Lactation Services, CHOC; Afshan B. Hameed, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of California, Irvine; and Patricia De Marco Centeno, M.D., Medical Director, Maternal Mental Health Program and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.
A common theme among the lively discussion was citing the importance of truly listening to patients; particularly new mothers. Dr. Lagrew emphasized, “We have to take care of new mamas in a very special way. A healthy family starts with a healthy mother.”
The afternoon concluded with a fund-the-need and announcement of opportunity drawing prize winners by MOMS Orange County CEO Pamela Pimentel, RN and Board President Sadie Sacks, RN.

Stephanie Abrego and Tiffany Mueller

Major luncheon sponsors included Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, Hoag Community Health, Kaiser Permanente, David & Sadie Sacks, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and Union Bank.
MOMS Orange County formed 26 years ago in response to a crisis in access to prenatal healthcare for low-income, at-risk women. Today, MOMS Orange County serves more than 3,000 low-income families annually, directly influencing improvements in birth outcomes, maternal health, and developmental indicators among infants within a highly disadvantaged population. To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit www.momsorangecounty.org.

Community MOMS Orange County Healthy Beginnings Luncheon Nets $60,000