Sister Celeste Trahan accepts flowers on behalf of CCVI at the St. Mary Medical Center Gala on Nov. 5.


The 35th Annual St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Gala was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. Honoring the Historic 150-year Legacy of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the Gala Committee was proud to honor our Sisters on the 150th anniversary of their founding in 1866, as well as the 30th Anniversary of one of our compassionate ministries in Long Beach.

In 1986, with a generous grant from our Congregation, the Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education program (C.A.R.E.) began in Long Beach at St. Mary Medical Center, in order to comprehensively address the medical, social and mental health needs of those infected or impacted by HIV/ AIDS. Since its inception, C.A.R.E. has become the “gold standard,” providing HIV specialty care and services to Los Angeles County residents who turn to it —regardless of their ability to pay. Th e C.A.R.E. Program provides a full spectrum of services from treatment, support and education for the newly diagnosed, as well as providing care for long-term survivors. We have consistently supported this program over its first 30 years, and our commitment to those affected by HIV/ AIDS is historic.

From 1866 to 2016, we have had a profound impact on the spiritual and physical lives of countless individuals, all over the world and in Long Beach. We continue to carry out the founding mission there, and the proud legacy of our founders has continued to be a source of strength and inspiration to all.

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