The happiest place on earth always seems a little more magical in October. The annual CHOC Walk in The Park at the Disneyland Resort® reunites CHOC Children’s physicians, nurses, Associates, Disney Cast Members and volunteers with patients, former patients and families to support our hospital. This past year, their efforts raised $1.7 million. Since its inception, the CHOC Walk has cumulatively raised more than $20 million to benefit CHOC Children’s programs and services.
CHOC Follies XV
After the first musical production premiered 15 years ago, the CHOC Follies quickly became one of the most anticipated social events of the year. “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set,” this past March, was no exception. More than 90 of Orange County’s business and community leaders performed a hilarious spoof on the classic fairy tale with a modern, online twist. To date, the CHOC Follies has raised close to $6 million to benefit CHOC Children’s programs. This year’s proceeds will support the construction of Seacrest Studios, an interactive broadcast multimedia center that provides patients with an outlet to engage in creative activities related to broadcast media. It’s another step forward in providing avenues of healing for patients at CHOC Children’s. A project of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, the studio is scheduled to open next year in the hospital’s new seven-story patient care tower.
CHOC Cherishes Children Gala
“Building Bigger Dreams” was the theme of this year’s CHOC Cherishes Children Gala held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, in January. More than 300 guests raised $600,000 for the new patient care tower that opens next year.
At the gala, Hyundai Motor America received the “Children’s Champion Award” for making a significant impact on the fight against pediatric cancer. Hyundai, and its nonprofit organization Hope on Wheels®, donated $10 million to CHOC—the largest corporate gift in our hospital’s history.