The 2010 holiday season was kicked off last week as the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles staged their annual fashion show fundraiser luncheon. Presented under the theme, "The Heart of Christmas," hundreds of guild members and supporters were welcomed to the Pasadena Convention Center by the event's chairwoman, Deborah Spang.
"Our devotion and dedication to Childrens Hospital is expressed in many hours of hard work which raises much-needed funds for the Clinical Imaging Research and Technology Project of our beloved hospital," Spang told the assemblage in her welcoming remarks. "In addition, the new hospital building, scheduled to open in 2011, will continue to provide the finest medical and surgical facilities for seriously ill and injured children."
Under Spang's direction, the event began with a heartwarming rendition of "White Christmas" sung by 11-year-old Eileen Garrido, who was born with a serious heart condition. When she was just 5 weeks old, and again when she was 13 months old, Eileen underwent lifesaving heart surgery at Childrens Hospital. Today, as an honor roll student with hopes of matriculating to New York's prestigious Juilliard School, Eileen is a recording artist who has released two CDs of which the proceeds benefit the Beating Hearts Foundation that she established to help children with cardiovascular illnesses.