Lollipop Theatre Network Joins Forces with Discovery Arts

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Two non-profits team up to brighten the lives of hospitalized children in California.

Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP), the charity dedicated to bringing the magic of movies to children confined to hospitals due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses nationwide, is proud to partner with Discovery Arts in California. Through this unique collaboration, LOLLIPOP’s new film release screenings will be preceded by Discovery Arts "Arts Adventures" which will engage the pediatric patients in specific arts activities that correspond with the theme of the scheduled film. Both organizations will be able to provide a day of fun, arts, creativity and entertainment all at once to children who are in the hospital.

The collaboration will debut with LOLLIPOP’s screening of Universal Pictures’ NANNY McPHEE at Miller Children’s Hospital on Thursday, February 16th beginning at 1:30pm. The joint program will also be scheduled at Children’s Hospital of Orange County on Tuesday, February 21st and at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA in March. The program will continue at all three hospitals on an ongoing basis.

Directly prior to the screening, Discovery Arts will guide the children in making magical walking sticks (much like Nanny McPhee’s!) and funny animal hats. The young audience will then become active participants during the film by tapping their sticks whenever NANNY McPHEE does so in the film, creating their own magic!

Both LOLLIPOP and Discovery Arts offer their programs and services free of charge to the hospitals, patients, and their families. They rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and Foundations to

survive and grow.

Lollipop Theater Network

Founded in 2001, LOLLIPOP’s mission is to bring the magic of movies to pediatric patients hospitalized with chronic or life-threatening illnesses nationwide. By working in collaboration with leading Motion Picture Studios, LOLLIPOP conducts private screenings of current G, PG and PG-13 film releases for these very deserving children. The organization has screened nearly 100 films since its inception and offers its program to hospitals across the nation. For more information, please visit:

Discovery Arts

Founded in 1998 by Entertainment Industry professionals, Discovery Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings the healing power of music, art, dance and drama to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are in the hospital receiving treatment. For further information, please visit:

Miller Children's Hospital is located on the campus of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center at 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Take 405 Freeway; go south on Atlantic for three blocks. Go to information desk and ask the attendant to page public relations, pager #19334.

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