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CHOC Children’s receives $5 million from Disneyland Resort

The donation will go toward the construction and design of the new tower's lobby

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 06, 2012 02:25 PM

Disneyland Resort has contributed $5 million to CHOC Children’s “Change CHOC, Change the World” fundraising campaign. Event organizers marked the occasion with a banner drop and confetti at the site of CHOC Children’s new construction.

The donation funding will go toward sponsoring a new lobby for CHOC Children’s seven-story building in Orange, which is slated to open in spring 2013. The new building will include pediatric services and aims to become the safest children’s hospital in the country, through advanced design and safety applications. Disney will also collaborate on the design of the new lobby, with Imagineers helping to create an inviting area for young patients with many details and touches unique to Disney’s style.

A celebration at the hospital this morning marked the receipt of the gift. CHOC President and CEO Kim Cripe and Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis were joined by Disney Ambassador Jolie Hayes, 14-year-old CHOC patient and Campaign Ambassador Tommy Conforti and, of course, Mickey Mouse, to recognize the occasion.

“Thanks to this generous $5 million gift, our ‘Change CHOC, Change the World’ campaign has surpassed the $100 million milestone,” Cripe said. “We are extremely fortunate to enjoy such a strong partnership with the Disneyland Resort, who understands there’s no higher purpose to philanthropy than to change, to heal and to save the life of a child.”

The history between CHOC and the Disney legacy dates back to 1960, when Walt Disney was named a founding member of the hospital’s executive council. Today, Kalogridis continues that support as a member of CHOC’s board of directors. Disneyland Resort has also hosted the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the CHOC Walk in the Park, for the last 21 years. Last year, 15,000 participants at the event raised more than $1.5 million, including the contributions of the Disney VoluntEARS walk team and the resort’s sponsored initiatives for the event, which brought in $240,000.

 “Disney makes magical moments for millions of people every day, and it’s especially important for us to provide some Disney magic to support children during difficult times,” Kalogridis said. “On behalf of our 22,000 cast members and their families who live in this community, I am honored to show our support for CHOC, as together we build a community where children have the best opportunity to be healthy and happy.”

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