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COMMUNITY MEMBERS DANCE AND SING FOR A GREAT CAUSE
March 09, 2010

Nearly 100 of the most prominent business, civic and society leaders from all over Orange County have joined forces to put on a show unlike anything seen before – CHOC Follies XIII: The Wizard of OC. This mad-cap musical, hitting the stage April 1-3, offers plenty of laughs and an opportunity to raise money for an important cause – CHOC Children’s.
 
Over the past 12 years, the CHOC Follies has earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s most original – and most successful – charity events, raising more than $4.5 million since its inception. The proceeds from this year’s Follies will support a new school room in CHOC Children’s new patient care tower, providing long-term oncology patients one-on-one educational support from credentialed teachers during their stay at the hospital.

“What began as a simple idea to attract new supporters to the hospital has developed over the past 13 years into one of Orange County’s most anticipated and successful charity events,” said Executive Producer Gloria Zigner. “Please come out and support CHOC Follies XIII. Help take us over the $5 million mark!”

This amazing cast of committed individuals – representing more than a dozen cities, from Aliso Viejo to Yorba Linda – has been rehearsing for several weeks under the professional guidance of Director John Vaughan, Music Director Doug Austin and Choreographer Lee Martino. From elaborate costuming to the vocal talent of its stars, there is nothing amateur about this production.

This year’s cast includes: Paul Musco starring as The Wizard of OC; CHOC Follies co-chairs Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Leslie Cancellieri, and Dale Skiles as The Witches of Eastwick; Mary Lyons, Jim McAleer, Heidi Miller, Mark Pilon, Juliet Schulein and many more!
 

CHOC Follies XIII: The Wizard of OC runs April 1 – 3, 2010 at the Robert B. Moore Theater, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 - $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.chocfollies.org or call 715.532.8690.

About the CHOC Oncology School Room: Proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 CHOC Follies show have been designated to support the school room in CHOC Children’s new patient care tower, which is scheduled to open in 2013. The new school room will provide oncology patients, especially those who experience lengthy stays in the hospital, a designated space to participate in CHOC’s school program. This program offers one-on-one education support for children whose hospital stays disrupt their normal school routine, creating a sense of normalcy that is crucial to their emotional well-being. Patients are invited to attend school at CHOC the first day they arrive on the oncology floor. School is in session every morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is staffed by teachers employed by the Orange Unified School District and credentialed through the state of California.

By supporting and attending the Follies, community members will help CHOC’s young patients stay engaged and on track during their hospital stay, and ensure a smooth and seamless transition back into the regular classroom.
 

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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