Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) March 08, 2013
Supporters of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital celebrated two decades of giving by raising a total of $846,700 to help pay for lifesaving medical equipment and other hospital needs during the 20th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala on Thursday, March 7.
A record-breaking attendance of more than 900 people turned out for the gala at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. The gala’s theme was “Cirque du Jubilee,” which expressed the bright hope and joy of healing and commemorated hospital supporters’ blessings and the feats they have made possible.
“Celebrating 20 years of giving is a major milestone that is just not possible without your support,” said Children’s Hospital Administrator Zareh Sarrafian, in welcoming the gala attendees.
“Many things have changed in the last two decades, but what remains constant is our love and hope of healing for our children, and the passion that the supporters of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital have to make sure this happens,” he said.
Darice Lang, 2013 gala chairwoman, compared the event to a joyous jubilee.
“We chose the white circus theme to convey the bright hope that Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital provides to its community, as well as our celebratory thanks to our generous sponsors. We wanted it to truly be a joyous 20-year jubilee -- with aerialists pouring French lemonade, to white cotton candy and lavender popcorn, and a white tiger to boot -- I feel our guests had an evening of enchantment,” she said.
A gala highlight was the appearance of Leanna and Jeff Moore, of Helendale, Calif., and their daughter, Taylor, 3. Taylor was taken to Children’s Hospital last year fighting for her life following injuries suffered during a catastrophic car accident. None of that traumatic experience was present at the gala, as the vibrant and outgoing little girl thanked the attendees for their support.
Part of the funds raised from the gala will pay for Multidimensional Cardiac Monitors for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. These vital monitors offer round-the-clock lifesaving information for use by doctors and medical staff to care for some of the sickest patients at Children’s Hospital, and helped Taylor during her stay at Children’s Hospital.
Photo Caption: A total of $846,700 was raised by supporters at the 20th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala held Thursday, March 7, at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. In the picture, from left to right: Kylie Cullen; Sophia Hilliard; Max Hilliard; Darice Lang, 2013 gala chairwoman; Zareh Sarrafian, LLUCH administrator; and Mary Ann Xavier, LLUCH Foundation board chairwoman.
About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”