January 24, 2011
CHOC Children’s honored the Anaheim Ducks and the Lady Ducks each with the Children’s Champion Award at its “CHOC Cherishes Children” gala, held on the evening of January 22, 2011 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.
CHOC Children’s President and CEO Kimberly Cripe presented the award for the Anaheim Ducks to Susan Samueli, the team’s co-owner. The Ducks were acknowledged for their long-standing partnership with CHOC Children’s, supporting the hospital through fundraising and countless patient visits, including bringing the 2007 Stanley Cup to the hospital.
Caroline Marchant, wife of Ducks center Todd Marchant and chairwoman of the Lady Ducks Fashion Show, accepted the award on behalf of the Lady Ducks, who were recognized for their philanthropic support of the Anaheim Ducks Wing at CHOC Children’s Hospital. The Anaheim Ducks Wing is a special wing on the oncology floor that features a playroom/school room; a teen room, with a flat screen TV and electronic games; family lounge; staff lounge; and storage space.
“The Anaheim Ducks and Lady Ducks have become valuable members of the CHOC family. We are incredibly grateful for their unwavering commitment to the children and families we serve,” says Patrice Poidmore, senior director, special events, corporate and community relations, CHOC Children’s Foundation for Children, which is responsible for raising funds for the non-profit pediatric healthcare system.
In addition to the awards presentation, the evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and a live auction. Chaired by Lori Hirth, the gala raised $606,000 for the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign.
Launched in Spring 2010, the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign is a comprehensive fund-raising campaign intended to transform the future of CHOC and, with it, the future of Orange County. More specifically, the campaign will help CHOC to become a sustainable world-class pediatric institution by building a state-of-the-art facility set to open in Spring 2013; building a substantial endowment to support recruiting more of the world’s top pediatric experts, while continuing to foster an environment of innovation and discovery; and building upon the academic and research affiliation with UC Irvine and its School of Medicine.
The “CHOC Cherishes Children” gala was organized by a volunteer committee. Executive committee members include Hirth; Christine Bren, Psy.D; Kristina Dodge; Monica Furman; Kathryn Glassmyer; Heather Madden; and Marsha and David Willis.
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.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
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