CHOC Children's last week recognized the Anaheim Ducks and Lady Ducks as Children's Champions for their philanthropic support of the medical center during a gala event held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.
The CHOC Cherishes Children gala raised $606,000 for the hospital's fundraising campaign and featured a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and a live auction, in addition to the awards presentation.
The Anaheim Ducks were honored for their long-standing partnership with the hospital, fundraising efforts and patient visits, including bringing the 2007 Stanley Cup to the hospital. CHOC Children's President and CEO Kimberly Cripe presented the award to Susan Samueli, co-owner of the Ducks.
The Lady Ducks were recognized for their philanthropic contributions to the Anaheim Ducks Wing at CHOC Children’s Hospital, a special area on the oncology floor that includes a play and school room; a space for teens with a flat-screen TV and electronic games; family and staff lounges; and storage area. Accepting the award for the Lady Ducks was Caroline Marchant, wife of Ducks center Todd Marchant and chairwoman of the Lady Ducks Fashion Show.
“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,” said Patrice Poidmore, senior director for the CHOC Children’s Foundation for Children.
This year's gala raised funds to support the medical center's Change CHOC, Change the World campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort that aims to transform the hospital into a sustainable world-class pediatric institution. The event reached its goal with help from an earlier $100,000 donation from Brent McMahon of McMahon’s RV in Irvine, which also sponsored the gala.
The event was organized by a volunteer committee that included Lori Hirth, who also served as the event chairwoman; Christine Bren, Psy.D; Kristina Dodge; Monica Furman; Kathryn Glassmyer; Heather Madden; and Marsha and David Willis.
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