Honda Donates $1 Million to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

November 04, 2014

Gift earmarked for new Cardiovascular Center

In a surprise announcement at a weekend gala, Honda Motor Co. pledged $1 million to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance to help fund the hospital’s planned Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

The hospital on Saturday hosted its annual Sellabration black-tie dinner and auction, where it honored American Honda Motor Co., Inc., with its Corporate Leadership Award. Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president of corporate relations for Honda accepted the award – and surprised the crowd by announcing the $1 million gift.

“Once again American Honda shows its spirit of philanthropy and its commitment to advancing health care in the South Bay,” said Liz Dunne, chief executive, South Bay communities, Providence Health & Services, Southern California. “Honda has a long history of supporting our hospital, our mission of outreach to the poor and vulnerable and our strategy of creating healthier communities, together.”

The Corporate Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership and generosity among members of the local business community. Morikawa has been a member of the Little Company of Mary Foundation board since 2008.

“American Honda is all about fostering a sense of community and, similarly, Providence Little Company of Mary is focused on creating healthier communities together,” Morikawa said. “Honda is honored to receive this award but we are not just about leadership in the past; equally important is leadership going forward and so American Honda would like to pledge $1 million to the cardiovascular campaign.”

The donation was made before a crowd of about 700 guests, celebrating at the black tie event in Palos Verdes. Prior to the Honda pledge. The Little Company of Mary Foundation has received more than $3 million earmarked to build a state-of -the art cardiovascular center of excellence, which will be the first in the region.