FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Relations Specialist
LOMA LINDA, CA – Feb. 18, 2010 -- Vikki Carr, one of the most accomplished and best-loved entertainers in the United States, Latin America and Europe, will regale fans with her hit songs at the 17th annual gala of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The gala, dubbed “Got Heart!,” presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, marks 25 years of successful infant heart transplantation -- led by pioneering transplant surgeon Dr. Leonard Bailey -- at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The gala will be held at Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., Riverside, Calif. Registration, social hour and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program and dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“For the past 25 years, many hearts have been healed and lives have been touched by Dr. Bailey and his staff at Loma Linda,” Ms. Carr said. “It’s an honor to be a part of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital’s special anniversary celebration. From little hearts, big hearts grow.”
Ms. Carr is approaching the fifth decade of her career, whose highlights include winning three Grammy awards and releasing more than 60 bestselling recordings, including the international hits “It Must Be Him” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
At the gala, Dr. Bailey will receive a special “Got Heart!” award, to honor his exemplary service and contributions benefiting children. Also receiving awards for their work on behalf of children are Robert “Bob” Erikson, of Redlands, who will receive the “Hometown Hero” award; and Steve and Cathy Kienle, of Riverside, who will receive the Shirley N. Pettis award.
The annual Foundation Gala is a major fundraiser for the non-profit Children’s Hospital, which relies on the generous support of community members to purchase life-saving medical equipment and treat thousands of children each year.
For more information or for tickets to the gala, visit LomaLindaGotHeart.org or call 1-800-825-KIDS.
About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in the vast geographic region of the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 277 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children that come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University and is part of the Loma Linda University health care system. LLUCH is known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation.