More than $750,000 was raised during this year’s Miracles for Kids gala – money that will be used to help hundreds of low-income families with critically ill children and support the cutting-edge research that’s being done through the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
Almost half of the money was raised in just 15 minutes, during a passion plea that called for donations ranging from $100 to $25,000. Those bids were then matched by a $100,000 donation from Robert Flaxman, bringing the pledge tally to $300,000.
Other bidders vied for big-ticket luxury items, including a weeklong escape at a private estate with accommodations for 17 guests at Casa Todo Bien in Punta Mita, Mexico, which went for $20,000, and a jewelry and Beverly Hills getaway package featuring a 44-inch necklace made of black diamonds and Tahitian pearls, a pair of black diamond-studded sunglasses and a week’s stay in the Governor’s Suite at the Montage Beverly Hills.
The 500 guests in attendance filled the ballroom at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. They dined on an elegant three-course contemporary French dinner and enjoyed music and comedy by Direct from Vegas: The Rat Pack.
The 2010 Miracle Maker Award was presented to the board of directors of Stars & Stripes – also known as “The Knights” (Dick Gebhard, Jeff Cunningham, Tim Ryan, Charles Ruck, Al Baldwin and Larry Kirkenslager). The Stars & Stripes annual golf tournament benefits Miracles for Kids.
Tustin-based Miracles for Kids was founded in 2002 with the goal of improving the lives of children who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The nonprofit provides financial support to the families and gives monetary support to research efforts.