January 23, 2012
Nearly 300 people braved the cold weather to support CHOC Children’s at its 4th annual CHOC Cherishes Children gala, held on the evening of January 21 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This year’s gala, themed “Building Bigger Dreams,” raised $590,000 for the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign.
Publically launched in Spring 2010, the comprehensive $125 million fundraising campaign aims to make Orange County one of the safest and healthiest places for children in the nation. Specifically, the campaign will help CHOC realize its vision of achieving national recognition as a premier children's hospital by building a state-of-the-art patient care tower, set to open in Spring 2013; establishing a substantial endowment to support recruiting more of the world’s top pediatric experts who can drive research and clinical breakthroughs; and building upon the academic and research affiliation with UC Irvine and its School of Medicine to advance innovative treatments and cures for children.
Hyundai Motor America was recognized at the gala with the Children’s Champion Award for making a significant impact on the fight against pediatric cancer. Last year, the company donated $10 million to CHOC – the largest corporate gift in the hospital’s history. The donation funds groundbreaking cancer research, using the latest advances in genomic medicine to provide more effective, individualized treatment for children with the disease. In recognition of the gift, CHOC named its cancer center of excellence the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. CHOC President and CEO, Kimberly Cripe, was joined by Dr. Leonard Sender, medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC, and Sammy Heim, CHOC cancer survivor, in presenting the award to Zafar Brooks, director of corporate responsibility and diversity, Hyundai Motor America.
In addition to the awards presentation, the CHOC Cherishes Children gala featured a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and entertainment provided by the Derek Bordeaux Band. The gala was organized by a volunteer committee. Executive committee members include chairs David and Marsha Willis; Christine Bren, Psy.D; Heather Madden; Kristina Dodge; Kathryn Glassmyer Cenci; and Monica Furman. Heather Madden and her husband, Jim, were the presenting sponsors for the gala. Elegant table gifts were donated by Donna Karan New York at South Coast Plaza.
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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