• The 28th Foundation Gala raised $1,015,115 for patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on April 8.
  • The virtual gathering drew more than 1,000 community philanthropists and hospital supporters.

From Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital — 12 April 2021 | More than 1,000 community philanthropists and hospital supporters virtually gathered for the 28th Foundation Gala, raising $1,015,115 for patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on April 8.

Presented by Alaina Mathews, Nathan Mathews, and Alexis Leyva, the “Resiliency”-themed free-of-charge program took a special look at the hospital’s continued dedication to caring for children in the Inland Empire and beyond throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kerry Heinrich, CEO of Loma Linda University Health, addressed guests, saying how important it was to imagine experiencing the pandemic through the eyes of a child.

“The unacceptable reality is children in our communities face tremendous adversity every day, and the pandemic has only worsened life for many of them,” Heinrich said. “Tonight, we are coming together to support the whole-child concept of resiliency for children.”

Funds raised will contribute to Children’s Hospital’s mission in helping children disproportionately affected in the community by abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences to reach a place of wholeness, health and safety. Funds will also support the purchase of an advanced neuronavigator system for pediatric neurosurgery.

Four awards were presented to individuals or groups who have made significant dedications to the lives of children.

  • Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic received the Shirley N. Pettis Award
  • Loma Linda University Health Frontline Workers received the Nancy B. Varner Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ricardo Peverini, MD, was recognized with the Dr. Leonard L. Bailey Outstanding Clinician Award
  • Robin Diamond-Ward received the Hometown Hero Award

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – LLUCH
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 1,00 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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