Stater Bros. Markets donate $100,000 to Children’s Hospital
Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, (left), administrator of Children’s Hospital; and Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director of philanthropy, Loma Linda University Medical Center; acknowledge Stater Bros. Markets chief executive officer Jack Brown for the company’s donation of $100,000 to build CH rooms 1830 and 1832 into a film center for the patients.
Stater Bros. Markets teamed with Procter & Gamble to raise $100,000 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The money, which was raised through in-store promotions held at all 162 Stater Bros. supermarkets, will be used to create a unique film center for the young patients at the hospital.
The check for $100,000 was presented to representatives of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Foundation on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, in conjunction with the screening of the Paramount Pictures family film “Charlotte’s Web,” which did not debut nationally until Friday, December 15. The film was brought courtesy of Walden Media and Reel Angels.
Jessica Angel began Reel Angels in April 2005 after volunteering in the oncology ward at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to bring hospital screenings of films to sick children. For many children, going to the movies is a simple thing. But for youngsters in hospital cancer wards, it is a pleasure they rarely have a chance to enjoy. The threat of infection makes going impossible. So Jessica and Reel Angels bring the films to them. “Charlotte’s
Paris Alvino, a 3-year-old from Redlands, gets ready to enjoy the movie “Charlotte’s Web” with some popcorn on Tuesday, December 12.
Web” is the second film Reel Angels has screened at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. In January 2006 the charity brought the Paramount Pictures family film “Yours, Mine, and Ours.”
Currently the child life department at Children’s Hospital shows films already on DVD every Friday to patients in rooms 1830 and 1832 on a white marker board meant for staff meetings. The Stater Bros. film center will remedy the make-shift screen by giving the rooms a complete overhaul. The theater will feature a new projector and screen, speakers, a scrolling marquee, movable seating, and a new color scheme. When completed, this theater will provide a place where young patients can leave the reality of fighting their illness far behind. The theater will also help the hospital attract more first-run screenings of films, such as “Charlotte’s Web.”
“This theater will bring the magic of films to hospital-bound children and help them escape to a happier place,” says Jack H. Brown, chair of the board and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets. “The Stater Bros. family of employees and Procter & Gamble are both thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity.”
During May 2005 Stater Bros.’ customers and employees helped to support this donation by purchasing featured Procter & Gamble products. All Stater Bros. supermarkets participated in this promotion to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
By Preston Clarke Smith