Children’s Hospital Foundation raises nearly $800,000 at gala
Mary Parks, Inland Empire bureau chief and reporter for NBC Channel 4, introduces Shamel Abd-Allah, MD, head of the critical care division of LLUCH, who in turn introduces Serge and Sara Mayer and their son Landon. Landon is currently receiving treatment at LLUCH.
“A Salute to Red, White & You,” the 15th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala—which was held on Sunday, March 9 in the Events Center of the National Orange Show in San Bernardino—exceeded expectations, according to Melissa King, coordinator of the event.
“We are extremely pleased by the results,” notes Ms. King. “All together, the event raised $790,650 to benefit intensive care services at Children’s Hospital. We want to thank all our sponsors and supporters, especially the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for making this possible.”
The evening included the presentation of the Pettis Award by the Honorable Shirley N. Pettis-Roberson herself. Ms. Pettis-Roberson, who served the 37th Congressional District of California in the 94th and 95th Congresses of the United States, presented the award to members of the family of Ralph and Goldy Lewis, pioneer Southern California homebuilders. The award is given annually by the Children’s Hospital Foundation to recognize outstanding dedication and distinguished service to children. Mary Parks, NBC4’s Inland Empire bureau chief and report
Daniel Rodriguez, the “Singing Policeman” from New York City, delighted the audience at the 15th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala by inviting New Zealander Marla Kavanaugh onstage to join him for a rousing duet. The duo have been traveling the world entertaining audiences with his tenor and her soprano vocal artistry.
er, emceed the program.
The evening’s musical entertainment highlighted Daniel Rodriguez, and the Combat Center Band of Twentynine Palms. Mr. Rodriguez, also known as the “Singing Policeman,” thrilled the Gala audience with a passionate performance of “God Bless America. ” He sang a duet with soprano Marla Kavanaugh, which similarly awed the crowd. The Combat Center Band of Twentynine Palms wowed the audience with their flawless precision and snappy musical stylings.
The evening also featured both a silent auction and a live auction, which offered a variety of high-end products and services for sale to benefit Children’s Hospital, but Ms. King says it was the community sponsors of the Inland Empire who kicked the fundraising goal of the Gala into overdrive this year.
In addition to the presenting sponsor, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Pettis Award was sponsored by Robertson’s Ready Mix, and the Lifetime Award was sponsored by David and Marina Bader and Cumming Corporation. Platinum sponsors included the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild, Bank of Am
Shirley Pettis-Roberson presents the Pettis Award to Randall and Roger Lewis, who accepted the award on behalf of the family of Ralph and Goldy Lewis. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding devotion to the needs of children.
erica, Leona Aranoff Charitable Foundation, and Loma Linda University department of pediatrics. Gold sponsors included Arrowhead Credit Union, Prime Healthcare, and Mitsubishi Cement Corporation.
The following organizations supported the Gala at the
silver sponsor level: AGFA, Earthbound Media Group, Fullmer Construction and Fullmer Concrete Construction, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Innovative Construction Services, Pyro Spectaculars, Inc, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital division of neonatology, Loma Linda University Medical Center hospital pharmacy, McKesson Provider Technologies, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Security Bank of California, Stater Bros. Markets, Stronghold Engineering, The Mission Inn, and the San Bernardino Sun.
Hundreds of other corporate and individual sponsors from throughout the Inland Empire and surrounding community—literally too many to list here—also came together in a spirit of generosity and charity to lift the 2008 Gala well beyond last year’s high-water mark.
“I am overwhelmed by the wonderful support of our community members on behalf of our precious patients here at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” says Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, Children’s Hospital administrator. “The gifts that will go to support the life-saving work on the children’s intensive care units are a true reflection of the level of commitment our community members have to the Inland Empire’s children.”
Ms. King concurs. “Without our wonderful sponsors, this would never have gotten off the ground,” she asserts. “On behalf of the children of the Inland Empire, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
By James Ponder
The gala celebration even included a fireworks show.
The Combat Center Band of Twentynine Palms razzled and dazzled the crowd at the 15th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala on March 9. The Band, which was established as a Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1950s, is a precision Marine Corps musical aggregation.