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RECORD NUMBER OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKERS RIDE IN 12TH ANNUAL CHOC TOY RUN
December 25, 2006

Approximately 2,000 Harley-Davidson riders strapped toys to their decorated motorcycles and rode from the Irvine Harley-Davidson dealership to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) this morning for the 12th Annual CHOC Toy Run. A holiday tradition at CHOC, the event is organized by the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.).

The event, which brings in two moving trucks filled with toys for CHOC patients, attracts riders from all over Southern California, but the majority of participants belong to Orange Coast H.O.G., one of the largest chapters in the state. In addition to bearing gifts, the riders brought Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who were riding comfortably in a convertible Cadillac. All of the participants, including Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Orange City Council Member Mark Murphy, were greeted by patients, their families, and hospital staff. Close to 100 volunteers, mainly athletes from Esperanza High School, were on hand to unload the toys, and were treated to lunch courtesy of Pat & Oscar's Restaurants.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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