Patron Donations


The Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital has been donating to the Hospital and the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) since our first home tour in 1952. Our mission is to support the life-saving work of these outstanding institutions.

Over the past two years, because of the generous contributions from our Patrons, the Guild was able to fulfill its mission and keep our word by PROUDLY donating $150,000 to the Hospital and HMRI. We appreciate donors like you who have helped us keep our word. (See donation form below).

DESPITE the pandemic and the cancellation of our annual Guild Home Tour, the Altadena Guild is still committed to our financial responsibility for 2021.

For the Hospital, the Guild:

  • Donates to the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center, which benefits cancer patients;
  • Underwrites two Hospital employee scholarships to help further their education;
  • Continues to fulfill our $100,000 pledge for the Hospital’s new Cardiac and Vascular Center;
  • Encourages its membership to volunteer at the Hospital and Huntington Collection;
  • Provides holiday gifts and necessities to needy families through the Hospital’s Social Service Department

For HMRI, the Guild:
Supports their mission to improve lives through patient-focused scientific research. HMRI’s goal is to better understand Alzheimer’s diseases and other dementias, migraine, heart disease, mental illness, colorectal disorders, liver disease, and the impact of these diseases on a person’s health and well-being, in order to further develop promising therapies and diagnostic tools that can screen for disease before symptoms appear. In the past year, HMRI, located at 686 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, has expanded its scientific leadership in both the Neuroscience and Cardiovascular Programs with the hiring of one new scientist in each program. Additionally, HMRI established a Postdoctoral Fellows Program. The impact of HMRI’s research has been published in 50 peer reviewed journals, and communicated through virtual professional and community events.

As we celebrate our 70th Anniversary year, we invite you to join the partnership of Patrons who value these two gems of the community. Thank you so much for your generosity! And we sure hope to see you at the Guild annual Home Tour in 2022!

Thank you so much for your generosity!
Elizabeth Polenzani and Wende Lee
Ways and Means Co-Chairs

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The Guild was founded February 14, 1951, to support the work of the hospital. The first benefit was a tour of three houses in February 1952 with net proceeds of $428 given to help furnish offices of a newly established research facility, the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI). Now in its 70th year, the Altadena Guild has raised millions of dollars for HMRI and Huntington Hospital.

At the Hospital, the Guild underwrites employee scholarships and also supports the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center which benefits cancer patients. Guild members also recorded thousands of volunteer hours at the Hospital last year. And the Guild recently made a $100,000 commitment over five years for the Hospital’s new Cardiac and Vascular Center. To learn more about HH, please click here.


For over six decades, HMRI has been making biochemical discoveries that have set new precedents in the medical knowledge across the nation and around the world. Thanks to HMRI we live in a world with seat belts, the hydrocephalus shunt, advanced imaging, and many advances in diagnosis and treatment of breast, colon and prostate cancers, stroke, heart disease, epilepsy, deafness, liver diseases, migraine headaches, sleep apnea, and brain diseases including Parkinsons and Alzheimers. To learn more about HMRI, click here.



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