Children's Hopsital Foundation Gala - March 9

Children's Hospital Foundation Gala - March 9

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

15th Annual Gala fundraiser sets new record for pediatric intensive care at LLU Children's Hospital Foundation


The 15th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala exceeded expectations
and set a new record, according to Dixie Watkins, chair of the Gala Planning Committee. The Gala
was held on Sunday, March 9, at the National Orange Show grounds in San Bernardino.

“We are extremely pleased with the results!” exults Ms. Watkins. “Altogether, the event raised
$800,000 to benefit intensive care services at LLU Children’s Hospital. We want to thank all our
sponsors and supporters, especially the presenting sponsor, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission
Indians, for making this possible.”

The evening’s musical entertainment highlighted Daniel Rodriguez, and the Combat Center Band
of Twentynine Palms. Mr. Rodriguez, also known as the “Singing Policeman,” regaled the Gala
audience with a passionate performance of “God Bless America.” The Marine Combat Center Band
of Twentynine Palms impressed the audience with their flawless precision.

“I am overwhelmed by the wonderful support of our community members on behalf of our precious
patients here at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital,” says Zareh Sarrafian, Children’s
Hospital administrator. “The gifts that will go to support the life-saving work on the children's
intensive care units, are a true reflection of the level of commitment our community members have to
the Inland Empire's children.”

Mrs. Watkins concurs. “Without our wonderful sponsors, this would never have gotten off the
ground,” she asserts. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”