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Doctors Cary Mells, John Bushong, and Neil Joebchen with Jay Leno as they accept the 2016 Tri-City Hospital Foundation Legacy Award on behalf of the Tri-City Emergency Medical Group. (courtesy photo)

Tri-City Hospital Foundation’s Diamond Ball Shines Raising a Record $700,000 for Women and Infant Services

Oceanside CA—  Thanks to a record crowd at last month’s annual Diamond Ball, Tri-City Hospital Foundation raised over $700,000 for Tri-City Medical Center to support its Women and Infant Services Department where more than 200 babies are born each month. The evening gala was held on November 12 at Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and featured dinner, dancing and nearly a full hour of laughs courtesy of legendary comedian Jay Leno.

Leno did not disappoint the sold-out crowd of 900 attendees. Leno’s broad appeal hit attendees in the funny bone and pulled at their heartstrings—a winning combination that encouraged charitable giving. And the famous funnyman also supported Tri-City Hospital Foundation by donating tours of his world renowned car collection and garage during the evening’s auction. Other items included a Harley-Davidson provided by Biggs Harley-Davidson and a Guy Takayama surfboard auctioned off by the local surf legend himself.

Jay Leno with Tri-City Hospital Foundation Chair Dr. David Tweedy and Gale Tweedy.(courtesy photo)

“This Diamond Ball was one of the most memorable fundraising events in the Foundation’s history,” said Glen Newhart, President of Tri-City Hospital Foundation. “Some of that is thanks to laughs we had with Jay Leno headlining our event. However, the incredible generosity of our attendees is what stands out to me, proving North County’s residents are willing to donate to causes important to their community.”

The gala also provided a wonderful opportunity to honor the Tri-City Emergency Medical Group with the 2016 Legacy Award for their unwavering philanthropic support of the Foundation and their care and devotion to the Tri-City community. Since their founding, Tri-City Emergency Medical Group has donated more than $500,000 to the Foundation in support of Tri-City Medical Center.

While the Diamond Ball was a resounding success, the Foundation fundraises year-round for Tri-City Medical Center and is already planning its next event, Havana Nights, a casino fundraiser planned for May 20, 2017. Tri-City Hospital Foundation has a variety of options for donors looking to contribute toward keeping quality medical care in our community. For more information, please visit



About Tri-City Hospital Foundation

Tri-City Hospital Foundation is celebrating more than 50 years as a link between the community and the hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided nearly $50 million in grants to Tri-City Medical Center. Many of the hospital’s most mission-critical facilities have been supported in whole or part by Foundation initiatives and community donors. Recently, the Foundation helped fund a GE Revolution CT Imaging System making Tri-City Medical Center the first hospital in San Diego County and Southern California to have this state-of-the-art digital imaging system in use. For more information and to learn how you can be involved, please visit

 Tri-City Medical Center

Tri-City Medical Center has served its community for over 50 years and is a 397 bed full service, acute-care hospital in Oceanside, Calif. with a primary care clinic and over 700 physicians practicing in 60 specialties. Its Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission recognizes its commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community it serves. It operates the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North County as well as an Orthopedic & Spine Institute, a Cardiovascular Health Institute and a Neuroscience Institute along with the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad, Calif., recognized as one of the best wellness centers in San Diego County. It also specializes in women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center and Tri-City Healthcare District, please visit