Women Supporting Women

Beauty In Grace is a women’s giving circle in south Orange County created to support women at Saddleback Medical Center. Our members demonstrate the beauty of philanthropy and carry themselves with grace to improve the health of women in our community.

List of Women's Health Services and Programs

Why Join

We’re seeking outstanding women who share our vision and understand the power women have when we stand with each other for causes we are passionate about. We understand that as a group, we can be stronger and make a bigger impact. Together we can also build a diverse network, ranging from professionals to stay-at-home mothers, who lift each other up.

The Cause

In just four years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised more than $284,000 to make important purchases for our hospital.

In our inaugural year, this women’s giving circle helped fund breast MRI equipment for diagnostic screening and biopsies. In 2018, we purchased NicView video streaming equipment for the NICU, so parents of preemies could see their babies on a smartphone or tablet when they couldn’t be at bedside. In 2019, we funded cryoablation equipment and a blanket warmer for the Breast Center, which freezes fibroadenomas and early-stage tumors. 

Last year, we purchased bilirubin testing units and a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum (LDRP) unit. We are so pleased that his equipment is already being utilized by our staff. 

In seeking ways to support women in 2021, we were reminded that heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of 25 in the United States.

In light of this, we plan to support the hospital’s renovation of one of our cardiac catheterization (cath) labs. This project will update the unit with the latest technology and advanced equipment, critical for heart and stroke patients. The patient volume in the cath lab is increasing each year, so we are pleased to contribute to this important endeavor.

The Commitment

We are asking all members to make an annual gift of $1,000. By pooling gifts of this size, the group can more substantially impact the women’s issues relevant to them.

The Luncheon

Members gather annually at a beautiful luncheon to hear how membership gifts are touching women's lives at Saddleback Medical Center. Next year’s appreciation luncheon will take place on August 3, 2021, at Montage Laguna Beach. If needed, the event will be moved outdoors. 

Founding Circle 2020

Beauty In Grace Founding Circle (L-R): Ginger Geidt; Cecilia Belew, Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President; Norene Norris-Walsh, M.D.; Diane Libertella; Cathy Han, M.D., Beauty In Grace Chair; Barbara Victor, M.D.; Wende Ludas; Nora Evans, M.D.; Mary O'Toole, M.D.; and Jane Frederick, M.D. 

Beauty In Grace Members 2021*

Ada Baker
Anouchka Balog
Lisa Becht, MD
Sandy M. Benson
Joni Boranian
Tracy Bremmer
Melissa Bush, MD
Brandi Cassingham
Melissa Centeno
Lily Chen, MD
Rena Chin
Amy Cosper
Gracia Covarrubias, MD
Lisa Dow
Resa Evans
Penny Fosheim
Jane Frederick, MD
Ginger Geidt
Michelle Giardini
Patty Glover
Cathy Han, MD
Candace Haynes

Erica Hutchison
Marj Ingram
Cheryl Jacob
Jan M. Johnson, MD
Marybeth Keller
Jenny Klein
Christy Koperek
Joan Lautenschleger
Diane Libertella
Mona Lopez
Laurie Louie
Gayle Luciano
Wende Ludas
Carol J. Lullmann
Marcia Manker
Susan Masaki
Kim Massoudi
Susan Munden, MD
Molly Naglie 
Jean Nick
Norene Norris-Walsh, MD
Colleen M. O'Connor

Mary O'Toole, MD
Christine Pellizzon
Pam Pellizzon
Pat Perkowski
Ann Marie Raffo, MD
Myra Rhodes
Susie Roof
Diana Schlesinger
Bebe Shaddock
Alyssa Schulz
Nancy Sokolik
Heidi Stoops
Rita E. Tayenaka
Merry L. Tetef, MD
Nita Tewari, PhD
Elaine Tiber
Michelle L. Tom, M.D.
Saghi Valencia
Barbara Victor, MD
Ellies Watanabe
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD

*As of Feb. 18, 2021
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.