After a two-year hiatus, the highly anticipated Hoag Summer Fest returned on Wednesday, June 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Newport Dunes, with the Hoag Hospital Foundation welcoming more than 1,500 guests at this year’s beach-themed sold-out event. In addition to live entertainment by Orange County party rock band Tijuana Dogs and a virtual raffle, dozens of top local restaurants showcased their culinary concepts in small bites. Funds raised from the evening will 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. “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.”