Heidi Klum, Jamie Lee Curtis, Melanie Griffith, Singer-Songwriter Crystal Bowersox and 3,000 Angelenos Celebrate Upcoming Opening of the New Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Building 

Celebrities and LA Community Raise $1 million for Hospital During 5K Walk and New Hospital Lighting Ceremony

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Melanie Griffith, Heidi Klum, Jamie Lee Curtis

Actress Melanie Griffith, supermodel Heidi Klum, actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis joined hospital patients and supporters for a 5K Walk for Kids, street party and lighting ceremony.

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LOS ANGELES – April 30, 2011 – Resounding cheers and applause filled the streets of Hollywood on Saturday night as more than 3,000 revelers enjoyed a fun-filled street party and dazzling lighting ceremony when Children’s Hospital Los Angeles turned on the lights in its new state-of-the-art hospital for the first time. The new Children’s Hospital Los Angeles building will formally open to patients on July 10.

Supermodel Heidi Klum, actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis and actress Melanie Griffith joined hospital patients and supporters for a 5K Walk for Kids, street party and lighting ceremony which helped raise more than $1 million in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox provided a stellar musical performance enjoyed by all who were on hand for the festivities, which culminated with the lighting of the nation’s newest and most advanced pediatric patient care facility. The event was proudly supported by AEG, Starz, Wells Fargo, Nestle, Alta Dena and Hasbro.

“Everyone had so much fun today,” said Klum, who served as honorary Celebrity Ambassador for the event. “I’m thrilled to be part of the Walk for Kids and am proud to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The money we raised today will certainly make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children cared for by the hospital.”

Supermodel Heidi Klum walks with young actor Max Page

Supermodel Heidi Klum walks with young actor Max Page at the Walk for Kids in Griffith Park.

The landmark non-profit institution—which first opened its doors in 1901 and is the only children’s hospital in the Western United States ranked among the nation’s top eight—will offer expanded services when the $636 million, 317-bed state-of-the-art facility opens this summer. The mammoth project began12 years ago when Children’s Hospital Los Angeles initiated plans for a new, state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide children in Los Angeles and beyond with the best in family-centered care.  Thanks in large part to the dedication and support of the Los Angeles community, the Living Proof: the Campaign for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which kicked off in 2003 to raise the funds for the new building and other critical research and programs, has raised more than $1 billion to date. The venture is currently the sixth largest construction project in Los Angeles.

The new Children’s Hospital Los Angeles building:

  • is seven stories and 460,000 square feet—the size of almost 100 NBA basketball courts.
  • will be the most technologically advanced pediatric hospital in the nation.
  • has 317 beds, 85 percent of which are private.  Every room is painted with bright colors and murals, has wood flooring, Internet access and built-in daybeds for parents.
  • uses the GetWellNetwork in every room, which allows patients to order food, watch movies, listen to movies, surf the web, etc., via a touch screen from their bed.
  • has a playground that is accessible to kids of all abilities.
  • has a 24-hour family resource center – and pantry for late-night snacks.

About Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles continues today as one of the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospitals, serving more than 10,000 inpatients, 300,000 outpatient visits and more than 65,000 patients in the Emergency Department every year. It is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.  Additionally, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.

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