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CHOC Cherishes Children Gala

Michael and Deb Felix

The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala moved to the City National Grove of Anaheim, known more for hosting concerts than galas. And a concert is just what the donors and supporters of CHOC experienced as Grammy Award-winning performer Keith Urban presented what seemed
to be his full concert set list, much to the delight of the crowd.

Among them was Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, known to CHOC Follies fans as a quite a musical performer herself. She was honored with the Children’s Champion award for all her work for children, but especially for her $5 million donation to help establish CHOC Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center.

Kimberly Cripe, president and CEO of CHOC, explained the need for psychiatric beds for children. An estimated 150,000 children in OC have a mental illness. The gala raised $2.6 million in support of CHOC’s initiative to ensure children, adolescents and young adults with mental illness get the health care services and support they currently lack here in OC, including a $250,000 matching gift from Pastor Rick and Kay Warren, and two $100,000 donations from the Argyros Family Foundation and Fariborz Maseeh.

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