Newswise — The inaugural Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter ™ campaign raised $1.3 million, the hospital announced Tuesday. The month-long initiative exceeded its $1 million fundraising goal thanks to 67 local businesses and corporate partners who rallied community participation to give in support of critical, lifesaving care for children in Los Angeles. “We are fortunate to have such compassionate and loyal local businesses and corporations partner with us to help us fulfill our mission of creating hope and building healthier futures for our patients and their families,” says Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). “I want to thank those businesses and the thousands of Angelenos who contributed to making this a tremendous success by patronizing our corporate partners to benefit the health of children in our community.”“The Make March Matter campaign was designed to unite all who have been affected by what we do, to bring awareness to the health care needs of children and to help maintain the programs and services at CHLA that address those needs,” explains Dawn Wilcox, vice president corporate partnerships at CHLA. CHLA’s plan was to identify a specific period of time that could be devoted specifically to children’s hospitals and children’s health. March was selected as it signifies the start of spring. And with the new season comes a feeling of hope, new beginnings, and life. Many charitable events took place throughout the month including a wine tasting and full moon yoga at Terranea Resort, special shopping evenings at Theory and Glamboutique on Melrose, and in-restaurant dining fundraisers at California Pizza Kitchen, PizzaRev, Rock’n Fish and BJ’s Restaurants. One local business that generated tremendous community participation was Alfred Coffee, who donated one dollar to the campaign each time a customer posted a photo of one of their coffee cups on Instagram with the #MakeMarchMatter hashtag. Corporate partner Panda Express, a longtime CHLA supporter, was the campaign’s top fundraiser, raising more than $350,000. “During the month of March, our Panda family raised over $350,000 through our Associate Giving Campaign and in-store donation boxes in our Los Angeles County restaurants,” says Peggy Cherng, Panda Express co-chair and co-chief executive officer. “We know that in order for children to thrive, they need to have the best specialized care- the type of care only made possible at CHLA.”The businesses that participated in this year’s Make March Matter campaign include: • 7-Eleven• Alfred Coffee• Alice & Olivia• Au Fudge• Berrystar Frozen Yogurt• Beverly Hills 90H20• BeauImage• BJ's Restaurants• Blend it Healthy• CJ Free Jewelry• Copa Vida• California Pizza Kitchen• Credit Unions for Kids• Cycle House• Delta Air Lines • Deluscious Cookies• edenation• Emi Jay• Express Employment • Extra Life Guild • Fox Sports West• Fred Segal Mauro Café• Glamboutique• Green Juice Grotto• Hilton & Hyland • Home Depot• HOME Restaurants • HopSkipDrive• iHeartRADIO• IHop Restaurants Inc.• il Pastaio• JuiceBox Truck• Kyle by Alene Too• LA Kings• L'Agence• Lauren Moshi• Los Angeles Clippers• Lucky Soul Inc.• Marriott• Modernismo• Neiman Marcus• Nespresso• NorthStar Moving Company• Panda Express• PizzaRev• PriceWaterhouseCoopers• Project360 Fashion• rag & bone• Ralph Lauren • RE/MAX• Rite Aid• Rock’n Fish• Rosie G•• SoCal Gas• Society Salon• Stella & Dot• Terranea Resort• The Mother Company • Theory• Tweak• UniverSoul Circus• ViVi Jewelry• Warner Bros./DC Entertainment • WavHello • WundaBar• Y7 Studio

On Tuesday, March 29, more than 350 people from companies in and around Los Angeles gathered at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live to participate in Mega Miracle Day, a daylong event that highlighted campaign successes, featured inspirational patient stories and informative breakout sessions about corporate philanthropy and team building, and showcased creative fundraising strategies.

"We are so inspired by the commitment and generosity from businesses and the community,” Wilcox says. "Our hope is that more companies join us next year so we can maximize the impact for addressing children’s health care needs."

Make March Matter™Make March Matter is an annual fundraising campaign that builds awareness and support for children’s health in Los Angeles. The campaign supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—a nonprofit pediatric hospital dedicated to offering more than 350 programs and services to help the health of children. The goal of the campaign is to raise money in support of the Helping Hands Fund, which helps Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ensure that all of its pediatric patients receive the critical lifesaving care they need.

About Children’s Hospital Los AngelesChildren’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit pediatric health care organization dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures for children. Honored as the premier children’s hospital in California and among the top 10 in the nation, we treat 111,000 young patients annually from Los Angeles and around the world. As a pediatric charity of choice, the hospital relies on the generosity of the community to support its groundbreaking pediatric research and the complex care it provides for critically ill and injured children.

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