Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic raises $240,000 for LLU Children’s Hospital
Steve and Cathy Kienle (fifth and sixth from left) present a check representing the proceeds from the Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic (WCCC) golf tournament at Victoria Club, in Riverside, California, on October 16, 2006. Present at the occasion of the check presentation on March 22, 2007, were Kelly Jackson, Children’s Hospital marketing specialist; Melissa King, Children’s Hospital Foundation representative; Joanna DeLeon, Children’s Hospital Foundation director; Tiffany Hoekstra, Children’s Hospital Foundation representative; Steve and Cathy Kienle, owners of Walter’s Mercedes-Benz; Clare Sheridan-Matney, MD, chief of the division of forensic pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Rachel Gosnell, WCCC planning committee member; Patti Pettis, Children’s Hospital Foundation representative; and Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, administrator of the Children’s Hospital.
On Thursday, March 22, Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic presented a check for $240,000 to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital representatives.
Over the past 11 years, the Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic (WCCC) has successfully raised more than $1.9 million for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. This year alone, WCCC raised $240,000 at its 11th year celebration on October 16, 2006, at Victoria Country Club in Riverside. Guests enjoyed a fun day of golf and a Monte Carlo night during the evening.
This year’s proceeds will go to the Child Protection Center/Child Abuse Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The Child Protection Center/Child Abuse Prevention Program is a hospital-based program that is shaped by the real-life tragedies that clinicians encounter. The program has also been significantly inspired and influenced by successful prevention programs operating in other states which have seen a 50 percent decrease in abusive head trauma.
“There is not a shadow of a doubt that we will be able to make a difference,” states Clare Sheridan-Matney, MD, chief of the division of forensic pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. “Our program has given more than 1,900 presentations at the Children’s Hospital. The Kienles’ generous donation will help expand the program to other community hospitals.”
While the current program focuses primarily on infant abusive head trauma, the goal is to reduce the incidence of all types of child abuse, first in the Inland Empire, and eventually spreading to other regions throughout Southern California as well. Several states in the nation have legislated that similar programs are mandated, but California has of yet no organized primary prevention effort.
With the support of Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic, it is hoped to bridge this gap and inspire and empower others to join. This effort would initially involve other hospitals but will eventually reach out to schools, community groups, juvenile halls, and prisons.
By Preston Clarke Smith