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Saxophonist Dave Koz donates PC Pal to Children’s Hospital

Dave Koz, host of the weekly broadcast �The Dave Koz Radio Show,� performs an impromptu concert for LLUCH patients.
Dave Koz, host of the weekly broadcast “The Dave Koz Radio Show,” performs an impromptu concert for LLUCH patients.
Saxophonist, radio personality, and humanitarian Dave Koz visited the patients as Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Friday, August 24, to donate a PC Pal—a portable computer loaded with hours of children’s entertainment programming —on behalf of The Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.

Mr. Koz arrived at Children’s Hospital along with several members of his family. They entered the playroom of the pediatric cardiac ICU just in time to watch several of the children enjoying the PC Pal. He and his entourage then signed autographs and wrote encouraging messages on the signature wall in the playroom and interacted with the children before Mr. Koz unveiled his saxophone and performed an impromptu and highly interactive concert in the hall. After performing one or two popular tunes, Mr. Koz asked his young audience for requests and played the songs they suggested.

Over the last two decades, Mr. Koz has established himself as a master of the saxophone. His 1999 album The Dance spawned no less than five Top 5 contemporary jazz hits and his 2003 release of Saxophonic resulted in two Grammy nominations as well as another four Top 5 singles. His latest work, At the Movies, showcases timeless melodies from American and foreign cinema. Mr. Koz also hosts the syndicated weekly broadcast “The Dave Koz Radio Show,” now in its 10th year on the air. It is heard in more than 120 markets.

The Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of hospitalized children. Their website states that the Foundation helps “seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education, and family activities.”

For the past 15 years, Mr. Koz has served as global ambassador for the Foundation. In 2006, he was awarded their Humanitarian of the Year Award for, among other reasons, his work in delivering cuddly teddy bears to hospitalized children.

Each PC Pal costs approximately $5,000. This marked the first time Mr. Koz has visited Children’s Hospital.

By James Ponder

TODAY news for Thursday, September 17, 2007