It’s officially the holiday season at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! Celebrities Heidi Klum, Stana Katic, Lucy Lawless and Barett Foa were some of the many special guests who celebrated the offical lighting of the hospital’s 35-foot tree Tuesday night.
Despite chilly temperatures and steady rainfall, more than 100 patients and their families gathered at the tented Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Dining Terrace for cookies, cocoa and live entertainment. Teen Beach Movie actor Garrett Clayton and Castle star Katic read holiday books to the guests. Lawless teamed up with Clayton and former American Idol star Tamyra Gray to sing ‘Winter Wonderland.’ Gray also performed a moving rendition of the holiday classic ‘O Holy Night.’ The Power Rangers made a surprise appearance, much to the delight of the youngsters in the audience.
Generous gifts from corporate donors Remax, The Goldwin Foundation and Sharper Image totaled $325,000. The contributions will benefit CHLA’s Helping Hands Fund, which provides the necessary resources to ensure the hospital can continue to provide world class care for all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
The event has been made possible for the past nine years thanks to the generosity of Martha and Dan Cuñado and family, who kindly supply holiday decorations for multiple areas of the hospital. The Simi Valley family created the event in honor of the care that CHLA provided for their son and it has since become an important hospital tradition.
Photo credit: Keats Elliott