Valley Children’s Hospital. File Photo.
Written by Frank Lopez
Philanthropic activity in the Central Valley was energetic over the weekend as local charities raised more than $1 million for Valley Children’s Hospital.
On Sept. 22, Valley’s Children Hospital hosted the 22nd annual Harvest Ball on the south lawn of the hospital. Sponsors and guests contributed more than $1 million to support the children the hospital serves.
The Legacy Foundation Fund donated $300,000 to support Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, and since 2014, it has donated $1 million for various programs at Valley Children’s.
“Gifts and generosity, such as the gift provided by the Legacy Foundation, will allow the Valley Children’s Residency Program to continue to attract the best and brightest to the Valley, said Dr. Jolie Limon, chief of pediatrics. “This gift will afford us the ability to also retain some of our trainees. We strive to train our own so that we are able to continue the legacy set forth by the Founding Mothers in providing outstanding care to the children of the Central Valley by increasing access to all kids in our 45,000 square mile catchment area.”
From Sept. 5-7, after three days of on-air donation requests, radio station 93.7 FM KISS Country’s 20th annual KISS Country for Kids Radiothon raised $183,591 for Valley’s Children.
Rod’s Heart, a charitable foundation consisting of Valley Children’s supporters from areas in Kern County, gifted $150,000 to support Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center in Bakersfield.