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 sixty-third year, the Altadena Guild has raised over $2MM for HMRI. The Guild also supports a scholarship at the hospital and donates to the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center located there.
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.