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New Stater Bros. Activity Center opens at LLU Children’s Hospital

Richard Chinnock, MD, chief of pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital; Jenny Cochrane, market manager and senior account executive, West Regional Team, Procter & Gamble; Jack H. Brown, president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets
Mighty big check! (Left to right) Richard Chinnock, MD, chief of pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Jenny Cochrane, market manager and senior account executive, West Regional Team, Procter & Gamble; Jack H. Brown, president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets; and Patti Cotton Pettis, MA, executive director of the office of philanthropy for Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The brand new Stater Bros. Activity Center was officially unveiled at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital with a gala open house, check presentation, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and feature-length film presentation on Friday, November 30.

The Stater Bros. Activity Center is two adjoining conference rooms with a sliding modular partition between them that can be opened to enlarge into one large room with a seating capacity of 80 individuals. The walls, carpet, and furniture of the Activity Center are finished in bright, child-friendly colors and a variety of colorful animals decorate the room. It also features a giant screen for movie and television viewing. Funds for the Center—which is valued at $300,000—were donated by Stater Bros. Markets and Procter & Gamble companies. 

The event featured brief presentations by Jack H. Brown, chair of the board and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets; Jenny Cochrane, market manager and senior account executive, West Regional Team, Procter & Gamble; Richard Chinnock, MD, chief of pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Patti Cotton Pettis, MA, executive director of the office of philanthropy for
Actor Zach Mills waves to his fans at the grand opening of the Stater Bros. Activity Center.
Actor Zach Mills waves to his fans at the grand opening of the Stater Bros. Activity Center.
Loma Linda University Medical Center; and actor Zach Mills, who plays the precocious Eric Applebaum in Walden Media and Mandate Pictures new feature film, “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.”

A highlight of the ceremony came when Mr. Brown and Ms. Cochrane handed Dr. Chinnock and Ms. Pettis a check for $300,000. The money represents the results of a joint fundraising project of Stater Bros. Markets and Procter & Gamble.

The funds—which were raised through in-store promotions at outlets of the giant grocery retailer throughout the Inland Empire and surrounding communities—will be used to offset the cost of the Activity Center.

After the check presentation and ribbon-cutting, the near-capacity crowd of Children’s Hospital patients and their family members watched “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.”

“We are so grateful to Stater Bros. and Procter & Gamble for supporting such wonderful projects for our kids,” says Tiffany Hoekstra, major gifts officer for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. “Time and again, they have demonstrated their commitment to the children of our community. We are very proud to count them as true champions for children!”

By James Ponder
Jack H. Brown, president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, enjoys a moment with the kids at the grand opening ceremonies for the Stater Bros. Activity Center at Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital.
Jack H. Brown, president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, enjoys a moment with the kids at the grand opening ceremonies for the Stater Bros. Activity Center at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

TODAY news for Thursday, December 17, 2007