Checks totaling nearly $800,000 were presented to Children’s Hospital by The Guilds of Children’s Hospital Central California, representing their combined fundraising total for 2010 as well as their proceeds from 2011’s “Wicked” premiere event.
Throughout the year, 15 Guilds plan and host benefits and special events to raise money for Children’s. They donated $653,632, which was their 2010 fundraising total along with $138,203, proceeds from hosting the “Wicked” premiere in April.
Guilds manager Teresa Fierro said “The guilds have been raising funds for Children's for over 60 years. Today they continue their work with an incredible amount of love and passion. It's truly inspiring.”
This gift will specifically support The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Endowment at Children’s Hospital. The Guilds have pledged to raise $5 million to support this endowment to ensure that children are not further victimized by systems designed to protect them. Children’s Hospital coordinates law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates and the mental health and medical communities in working together when intervening in child abuse and neglect cases.