CHOC Children’s supporter Sandy Sergerstrom Daniels will be honored with a Legacy Award for her philanthropic work with CHOC and other Orange County organizations at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 19 at the Hotel Irvine.
Sandy, a children’s advocate and C.J. Segerstrom & Sons managing partner, recently donated a $5 million lead gift to help establish the CHOC Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center for children ages 3-18. When Sandy learned about the lack of psychiatric inpatient beds and services for children under the age of 12 in Orange County, she was deeply inspired to help.
The new center is the cornerstone of CHOC’s transformative initiative to ensure children and adolescents with mental illness receive the health care services and support they currently lack in Orange County’s fragmented system of care.
Sandy’s relationship with CHOC goes back about two decades, starting with her participation in the CHOC Follies, a beloved annual musical put on by community members to raise money for CHOC. This allowed her to combine her love of theater with her passion for helping children. Today, as co-chair of this special event, Sandy can be found on stage every year singing and dancing alongside other CHOC volunteers, who have helped raise nearly $8 million for CHOC.
Yet, her bond with CHOC is most evident perhaps through her own experience of having had a loved one receive care at CHOC.
“My granddaughter was only two days old when she went to CHOC,” she said. “It wasn’t just about the level of care she received, but how they took care of my daughter and son-in-law too – that’s what CHOC is all about. It’s specialized care and specialized, caring people. Supporting CHOC has been a labor of love for me ever since.”
Sandy’s life-changing work with CHOC and countless organizations in the community is a testament to her commitment to improving the lives of children and their families. She will be recognized along with eight other honorees at the upcoming luncheon.
National Philanthropy Day Orange County honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have demonstrated philanthropy and enhanced their communities and the world.