Annual Stater Bros. ice cream social held at LLUCH
Five-year-old Alicia Mireles, from Riverside, enjoys a bowl of chocolate ice cream, her favorite.
Children undergoing treatment at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital spent the afternoon smiling and laughing a little more on Friday, June 15, thanks to the Stater Bros. “Family” of employees. Stater Bros., in partnership with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, held its seventh annual ice cream social for pediatric patients in the Stater Bros. Activity Center at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
This year’s theme “A Day on the Red Carpet” centers around Stater Bros.’ recent pledge of $300,000 that will fund the Stater Bros. Activity Center at LLUCH. The Stater Bros. Activity Center provides the children with a place where imagination heals and brings the movie theater experience directly to them. The activity center will also be used to host various events, meetings, and trainings throughout the year.
More than 25 Stater Bros. employees volunteered their time to create made-to-order ice cream sundaes for every patient. Over the past six years, Stater Bros. employees have made more than 1,400 ice cream sundaes.
Along with ice cream, each child received a goodie bag filled with reading books, coloring books, crayons, individual toys, and other snacks. Children were also treated to a showing of the movie Shrek 2 which was shown on the newly installed movie style screen.
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2006 of $3.5 billion. The Company currently operates 163 Supermarkets, and there are more than 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. “family” of employees.
By Preston Clarke Smith
Julio Sanchez, 13, from Moreno Valley, enjoys all of the flavors mixed together.