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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The stars are set to come out on
October 2nd to honor Jennifer Lopez at the inaugural "Noche de Ninos," a
benefit for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The first of two special honors
at the event, Lopez will be presented with an award by MGM Chairman and CEO
Alex Yemenidjian in recognition of her humanitarian efforts with the hospital.
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles also singled out Trish Meraz as the recipient
of the Courage to Care Award to be presented by Leonardo DiCaprio.
"Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a remarkable place," says Lopez. "This
top pediatric facility treats and cares for some of the sickest children, not
just from California but from all over the world. These kids need our support
and I feel blessed to be able to help."
"Jennifer Lopez is accomplished in so many ways; so very talented, she is
just as beautiful inside as she is outside!" says event co-chair Cheryl Saban,
who is a member of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees. "We
have come to appreciate her interest in the kids at Childrens Hospital Los
Angeles as well as her commitment to be supportive of the work we do here.
She is very special."
Courage to Care recipient Trish Meraz's son, Dustin, passed away last year
at age 11 from neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. Meraz is receiving the
Courage to Care Award because she not only cared for her son with strength and
honesty during his illness, she also reached out to other families at the
hospital and offered them hope in a time of crisis. No matter how tough it
got for her own son, she was always available to lend a sympathetic ear,
compassionate advice, and a spirit of hope to all she encountered. Dustin
wanted to be an actor, and before he died he received an honorary Screen
Actors Guild card from SAG President Melissa Gilbert during a surprise visit
to Dustin at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Gilbert was accompanied by
members of the SAG board, along with Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio, who
began a friendship with the Meraz family that continues today.
Packed with star-wattage and organized for a noble cause, "Noche de Ninos"
is being hosted by film star Antonio Banderas, child advocate Cheryl Saban,
and MGM Chairman and CEO Alex Yemenidjian; Giselle Fernandez-Farrand is
executive producing the event, with David Foster and Humberto Gatica as
entertainment producers. Set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel,
"Noche de Ninos" will be emceed by George Lopez and will feature entertainment
from Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Baute, Joaquin Cortes, and Cheech
Marin. The evening marks an effort to raise $500 million for new facilities
for the hospital as well as for endowment, program, and annual support.
For more information on Childrens Hospital Los Angeles or for sponsorship
or volunteer opportunities, please contact Susan Harlow at 323-671-1748 or
visit ChildrensHospitalLA.orghttp://www.ChildrensHospitalLA.org. For press inquiries and information
regarding the "Noche de Ninos" fundraising celebration, please contact Tatiana
Berman at 310-385-4439.
Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most
seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and
it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its
leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of
America's premier teaching hospitals, training more young pediatricians than
any other health care facility in California through its association with the
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.
It is a national leader in pediatric research.
Today, physician-scientists at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles address the
most vexing pediatric medical problems and discover important new therapies
for children everywhere, including advances in cancer care, gene transfer,
stem cell and organ transplantation and diabetes. The Saban Research
Institute is among the largest and most productive pediatric research
facilities in the United States, with 91 investigators at work on 234
laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health
services. It is one of the few free-standing research centers in the nation
to combine scientific laboratory inquiry with patient clinical care --
dedicated exclusively to children -- and its base of knowledge is widely
considered to be among the best in pediatric medicine.
Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report and its panel of board-certified
pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of the top
pediatric facilities in the nation.
Visit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at ChildrensHospitalLA.orghttp://www.ChildrensHospitalLA.org.
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