Noche de Niños 2009

More About the Event

On Saturday, May 9, 2009, the Beverly Hilton was THE place to be as Noche de Niños kicked off another unforgettable star-studded evening of international glamour and top of the line entertainment. 

Entertainment and Special Guests

Multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated artist Jewel dazzled guests with a very special musical performance. The event also featured appearances by:

• Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor
• Jennifer Lopez
• Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
• Dancing with the Stars
• Raphael Saadiq, soul artist
• Emily Bear, child prodigy pianist
• Tim Callobre, guitarist/pianist/composer
• Subrosa Union

Courage to Care Award

Noche de Niños was inspired by a former patient, eleven-year-old Dustin Meraz, who was suffering from a terminal cancer. Dustin’s wish before dying was simply to have his life make a difference for other seriously ill children, and inspire grownups to have the courage to care about and provide support to kids in need.

Therefore, at each Noche de Niños we honor one or more individuals who have shown that Courage to Care for our patients and sick kids around the world. This year we honored actress, author, and children's advocate Jamie Lee Curtis as well as long-time Children's Hospital Los Angeles trustees and Corporate Philanthropists Megan and Rick Hernandez

Honors Given to Our Most Experienced Nurses 

Our hospital honored 12 nurses who have each been providing care for children at our hospital for more than 35 years, a combined 450 years of caring! See the group photo of our nurse honorees.

Rebecca Corpuz Agdeppa, RN, BSN
38 Years of Service

Nancy Bridges, MBA, RN, CNOR
41 Years of Service

Wendy Christiana
37 Years of Service

Thomas "Tommy"
Covington, RN

39 Years of Service

Phyllis D'Ambra,

41 Years of Service

Cristine Ferrero,

36 Years of Service

Pat Gisler, RN
36 Years of Service

Betty Reese
36 Years of Service

Kathleen Ruccione, MPH, RN, FAAN
36 Years of Service

Judy Wong, RN, BSN
38 Years of Service

Not Pictured:

Claudia Castellon
35 Years of Service

Victoria Ferrer
37 Years of Service

2009 Sponsors

Ralph Alvarez
Annenberg Foundation
Debbie and Mark Attanasio
Robert Brant and Kelly Curtis
John W. Carson Foundation
Chevron Corporation
Kevin G. Clifford
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Walt Disney Company
Farmers Insurance Group
John C. Herklotz, Chairman, American Happenings, Inc.
Megan and Rick Hernandez
Landry Design Group
The Lincy Foundation
Loyola High School
Alex Meneses
Sidley Austin LLP
The Simms/Mann Family

Previous Gala Pics

  • Noche de Niños 2006
  • Noche de Niños 2004