Celebrities, Dignitaries to “Dream for Kids” at Grand Opening Gala Celebrating New Hospital Building at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Exclusive Event Will Feature a Performance by GRAMMY® Award-Winner Diana Krall; Emmy® Award-Winner Eric Stonestreet to Serve as Master of Ceremonies
MEDIA CONTACT: Lyndsay LaGree at (323) 361-4121
LOS ANGELES (May 3, 2011) – On Saturday, May 7, nearly 1,500 supporters, including celebrities, prominent philanthropists, business leaders and elected officials will gather at the L.A. Live Event Deck for “Dream for Kids: The Grand Opening Gala,” presented by Starz, LLC and proudly supported by AEG, benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The magical evening will celebrate the hospital’s 110th anniversary and its new hospital building, which will be the nation’s most technologically advanced pediatric hospital when it opens July 10.
Honoring those at the hospital’s core mission—children and adolescents—guests will be surrounded by an interactive atmosphere featuring entertainment from more than 175 young artists, including the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, conducted by Richard Kaufman.. Guests will enjoy food specially prepared by renowned celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa, who will also attend the gala. The evening is being produced by Sequoia Productions, which has produced the celebrated Governors Ball for the Academy Awards and Emmys for more than 20 years. Gorgeous décor and design will create a one-of-a-kind event.
The evening will also feature a performance by three-time GRAMMY® award-winning pianist and singer, Diana Krall. The world fell in love with the Canadian-born artist’s breathy vocals and rhythmic lilt when she released When I Look in Your Eyes, which won a GRAMMY for best jazz vocal. Krall continued to receive critical acclaim with The Look of Love, a No. 1 US bestseller; The Girl in the Other Room featuring six tunes co–written with husband Elvis Costello; Christmas Songs and From This Moment On, which coincided with the birth of her twin sons. Krall’s 12th and newest album, Quiet Nights, has similarly been met with the highest praise.
The hilarious and talented Eric Stonestreet will serve as Master of Ceremonies, taking guests through an evening of celebration to benefit Children’s Hospital. With two Emmy® awards in hand for his performances on the hit TV series Modern Family, Stonestreet has celebrated a 13-year career creating memorable characters on more than 15 shows, such as Dharma & Greg, ER, The West Wing, Providence, The Mentalist, N.C.I.S., Nip/Tuck and the original CSI.
GRAMMY winning vocalist Patti Austin will perform the gala’s Grand Finale with the Dream for Kids Ensemble, delivering a powerful message of inspiration. Austin is a celebrated R&B and jazz singer whose music has topped the charts for more than 30 years. On May 17, Austin will release her 18th album, Sound Advice, which is destined to be another musical gem in a catalog that consists of seventeen albums and dozens of guest appearances.
Among other celebrities confirmed to attend are longtime Children’s Hospital supporters Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis and husband Christopher Guest, Mary Hart, Melanie Griffith, Garcelle Beauvias, Alex Meneses, and Mark Feuerstein, whose daughter received lifesaving open-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital at just 6 months old. California State Senator Alex Padilla and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will also attend.
Twelve years ago, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles began plans for a new, state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide children in Los Angeles and beyond with the best family-centered care. Thanks in large part to the dedication and support of the Los Angeles community, Living Proof: the Campaign for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which sought funds for the new building and other critical programs and research, has raised more than $1 billion to date. Now, in just two months, Children’s Hospital prepares to open the doors to a $636 million, 317-bed hospital featuring the most cutting-edge medical technology available in any pediatric hospital in the nation. It is currently the sixth largest construction project in Los Angeles.
“We have been inspired and thrilled by the support of the community in reaching our goals to build a new hospital building and provide even better services to children and families,” said Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “‘Dream for Kids’ will not only honor those who helped make this dream a reality, but it will celebrate the fact that we are even better-equipped to give our young patients and their families the best chance at winning the many battles they face against illness, injury and disease.”
Three major contributors to the success of the campaign and the new hospital building will be honored during the gala. Children's Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustee Co-Chair Marion Anderson will be honored with the "Living Proof Visionary" Award and New Hospital Building Campaign Co-Chairs Trustee Mary Hart and Chris Albrecht will receive the "Building the Dream" Award.
Additionally, longtime Children’s Hospital supporters Cheryl and Haim Saban will be honored with the “Bench to Bedside” Award in recognition for their incredible commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and cutting-edge pediatric research. The Sabans established The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a $40 million gift to the hospital in 2003.
“Dream for Kids: The Grand Opening Gala” is proudly supported by AEG, presented by Starz, LLC, and sponsored by William H. Hurt and other major sponsors. Limited seating is available. Sponsorship, tables or individual tickets may be purchased online at CHLA.org/GALA. For more information, call Special Events at 323-361-5972.
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