Hoag Summer Fest has been a popular fundraiser for Hoag Hospital for more than three decades, but the event took a Covid-induced hiatus the past two years.

Fortunately, Hoag Summer Fest returned June 22 and took up where it left off in 2019.

More than 1,500 guests attended this year’s beach-themed event hosted by Hoag Hospital Foundation. In addition to live entertainment by popular band Tijuana Dogs and a virtual raffle, some three dozen local restaurants showcased their culinary creations by serving small bites and several noted wineries poured tastes of their signature varietals.

More than $340,000 was raised to benefit the Hoag Employee Education Scholarship Program, which supports Hoag staff in achieving their career aspirations through the pursuit of advanced education.

“We’re glad to see Hoag Summer Fest return. For 34 years, it’s not only served to benefit Hoag patients but also bring the community together for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for our community partners who continue to help Hoag lead in transforming the future of health care here in Orange County and beyond.”