CHOC Children’s Foundation and its donors share a deep commitment to meeting the needs of children, their families and our community. Thousands of individuals, foundations and businesses have invested their energy and financial resources to make CHOC a home for promising research, and a destination for exemplary, compassionate care.
This year, CHOC became my destination, coming from Washington, D.C., to continue my career in children’s health care. Like our many contributors and my colleagues, I know that CHOC is where we can make a difference in the life trajectory of all children so they can be as physically, mentally and emotionally healthy as possible.
Financial support generated by CHOC’s Foundation over the last fiscal year totaled over $35 million. It is impossible to highlight here all of the extraordinary efforts that resulted in this achievement, but I will share a few. Foundation This was a record-breaking year for events. We marked the 25th anniversary of our annual CHOC Walk in the Park Presented by Disneyland Resort by securing $2.6 million thanks to our sponsors and 15,000 participants, many of whom walked in honor or memory of a CHOC patient. A similar amount was raised at the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala, which featured Grammy Award-winning artist Keith Urban.
We celebrate the grassroots work of our 12 guilds whose members have been faithful CHOC supporters for many decades, and the local businesses and organizations that have embraced CHOC’s cause through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They generated $1.4 million and $2.7 million, respectively.
Significant gifts have helped CHOC provide exceptional care and services that are the hallmark of any outstanding children’s hospital, and have supported our two newest efforts. So far, the CHOC Foundation has successfully secured over $12 million for the Mental Health Initiative. We are also delighted that $2.6 million has been contributed to the construction of a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit.
Finally, I am pleased to highlight the efforts of our Circle of Friends, comprised of generous donors of $10,000 or more annually. We are deeply grateful to all our contributors and partners who are with us on this journey to help children be well and stay well.
Dennis K. McClellan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer
CHOC Children’s Foundation