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Lisa and Richard Kornblith Share Blessings with Children's Hospital

Lisa and Richard Kornblith have been happily married for 28 years, are the proud parents of a bright, healthy son, Charles, and daughter-in-law, Amy, and enjoy good health and good fortune. With those blessings, they say, come an obligation to give back time, energy and financial resources to worthy causes.

The Kornbliths, who moved from Dallas to Los Angeles in 1994 and now reside in Altadena, have made Children's Hospital Los Angeles one of their top charities since 2000. They recently became founding members of the Children’s Fund 100, making a multi-year pledge of $100,000 to support the mission of Children's Hospital.

Mr. Kornblith is particularly passionate about the cutting edge research at The Saban Research Institute. A physicist-turned-lawyer, he frequently attends seminars at the Institute and is intrigued with the “bench to bedside” approach that has resulted in what he calls “applied science fiction -- the phenomenal discoveries in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric conditions.”

“Children's Hospital fills an incredibly important need in the community,” adds Mr. Kornblith, a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country.

Mrs. Kornblith, who retired four years ago as a teacher, is increasingly becoming involved with fundraising and volunteer activities at the hospital. She is also a volunteer information facilitator at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Mr. Kornblith is active with his undergraduate alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, holding leadership positions in several of the university’s fundraising, networking and advisory groups.

The Kornbliths are members of Children’s Circle of Care. Their support of children’s hospitals predates even their move to Dallas, with their early support of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Of their longtime support of the hospital, Mr. Kornblith says, “I think we’re getting much more out of Children's Hospital than we’re giving. It’s a gift that gives right back.”