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ANNUAL ANIME EXPO® CHARITY AUCTION BENEFITS CHOC
July 13, 2006

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) was the recipient of the 15th Annual Anime Charity Auction proceeds, held by of The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) on July 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

This year, the event raised $21,000 by auctioning items donated by the artists from their personal collections and was co-hosted by actor Lance Hendrickson, best known for his role as Bishop in Aliens.

“We feel very lucky and honored to be selected by the SPJA as the recipients of the auction proceeds,” said Vicki Koda, Community Relations Representative for the CHOC Foundation for Children. “The money will go to Kids Care, a fund that benefits those in greatest need here at the hospital.”

The Anime Expo® is sponsored by SPJA, and is a forum for enthusiasts of the industry involved in Anime, Manga, Games and the Culture of Japan. It is the largest convention of its kind in the U.S. for Japanese animation fans and industry professionals.

About Anime Expo and The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

Amine Expo® is a four-day convention traditionally held on the Fourth of July weekend. It is a forum for enthusiasts and industry involved in Anime, Manga, Games and Culture of Japan. It is the largest convention of its kind in the U.S. The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is the non-profit organization that runs Amine Expo® The SPJA’s mission is the promotion of Anime and Manga as well as the arts that influence or are influenced by them.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach 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, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Monica Garcia, Sr. Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 289-4183
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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