The world-class Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de Niños deepens our relationships with Los Angeles’ wide array of Los Angeles’ civic leaders, corporate supporters, philanthropists and celebrities. This sensational event, one of the most important fundraisers for our hospital, has raised more than $7.5 million to support the exceptional care we provide to our patients since it launched in 2004.
The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de Niños 2012 was a special night, where more than 1,000 special guests were treated to a spectacular affair at L.A. Live, featuring cuisine from Wolfgang Puck, entertainment and an opportunity to experience the care and compassion showered on more than 96,000 sick and injured children from Los Angeles and beyond.
With your help, we will celebrate our heroes—the courageous children and their families who come to us for hope, healing and healthier futures—and honor a few very special friends of our hospital.
The Corporate Courage to Care Awards
Noche de Niños was inspired by a former patient, eleven-year-old Dustin Meraz, who suffered from terminal cancer. Dustin’s wish was to have his life make a difference for other seriously ill children and inspire adults to have the courage to care about and provide support for kids in need.
At each Noche de Niños, the Courage to Care Award is presented to those individuals who are champions of children and child-related causes and are recognized for their outstanding humanitarian efforts. Coming from varied backgrounds and industries, these individuals share a common bond through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy to improve the welfare of children worldwide.
The Walt Disney Company
For nearly thirty years, The Walt Disney Company has dedicated significant time, talent and treasures to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, bringing happiness, hope and laughter to children and families when they need it most. Disney’s significant support of the hospital has come to life through financial gifts, employee fundraising, character visits, VoluntEARS support, executive leadership on the hospital board and in-kind donations.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is deeply appreciative of our steadfast relationship with The Walt Disney Company and is proud to honor the company with the Corporate Courage to Care Award.
HONOREEs at Gala Noche de Ninos 2012
Since Heidi Klum first visited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she fell in love with the kids, and, as a mom of four, has been a passionate advocate of our mission.
Heidi’s involvement has been as diverse as her talents that have made her a famous supermodel, actress, businesswoman and television producer, from surprising some lucky patients who accompanied her on the red carpet of the premiere of Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil to serving as Celebrity Ambassador for the Turn on the Lights! 5k Walk for kids celebrating and raising funds for the opening of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, to name just a few.
Heidi Klum accepting her award
A pre-med student before his championship basketball career, Pau is a frequent visitor and champion for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Pau has stopped by to visit with patients, distributed tickets to the NBA All-Star Jam Session, facilitated a donation of new technology to our pharmacy from Grifols (a company based in his native city of Barcelona) and, most recently, presented a check for $25,000 from the NBA Cares Foundation.
He has also observed several spinal surgeries and starred in our interactive game “Where’s Pau Now?” showcasing the new healing spaces in the Anderson Pavilion.
Honorees Heidi Klum and Pau Gasol
Presenters, Organizers and Guests
Project Runway host Heidi Klum, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress Melanie Griffith, Host Tom Bergeron, Actor Antonio Banderas, Trustees and the patientsProject Runway host and Noche honoree Heidi Klum (L) and the patients and Junior AmbassadorsNoche honoree and Project Runway host Heidi Klum and presenter/actress Melanie Griffith Noche honoree and Project Runway host Heidi Klum and actress Melanie GriffithLos Angeles Laker’s Pau GasolGarcelle BeauvaisChild actor, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patient and junior Ambassador Max Page, patient Regan Owens, Project Runway host and Noche honoree Heidi KlumAntonio Banderas with patientAntonio Bandera and Melanie GriffithNoche honoree and Project Runway host Heidi KlumActress Melanie Griffith, Project Runway host Heidi Klum, Host of Dancing With the Stars Tom Bergeron and Actress author Jamie Lee CurtisAntonio Banderas(L-R) Project Runway host Heidi Klum, actress Melanie Griffith, actor Antonio Banderas and actress Jamie Lee Curtis(L-R) Jay Rasulo, Heidi Klum, AEG chief Tim Leiweke, Pau Gasol, Jamie Lee Curtis, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Mary Hart
For more information on Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Gala Noche de Ninos, visit their website.
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