GLAZA and CHLA Bring Patients and their Families to “Dreamnight” at the Zoo

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April 26, 2016

GREATER LOS ANGELES ZOO ASSOCIATION AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES PARTNER ON “DREAMNIGHT” TO BRING PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO A PRIVATE EVENT AT THE ZOO MADE POSSIBLE BY PRESENTING SPONSOR AEG

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) partner on “Dreamnight” at the L.A. Zoo for Children’s Hospital patients and their families in a private event made possible by AEG, the evening’s Presenting Sponsor, on Friday, May 6, 2016. Dreamnight is part of a global charitable initiative in which zoos, aquariums and museums throughout the world partner with institutions that care for children. Approximately 1,000 guests comprised of CHLA patients and their families have the unique after-hours opportunity to explore a route in the Zoo and enjoy up-close opportunities with animals, chats with keepers, dinner and all kinds of fun including strolling characters and magicians, appearances by Power Rangers, stilt walkers, face painting, DJ music, live-band karaoke, gift bags filled with goodies and more. Event sponsorships and general donations are made to support GLAZA, which makes an impact locally at the Zoo through its educational programs as well as globally through wide-ranging conservation efforts, and CHLA, which directs “Dreamnight” funds to its Helping Hands Fund, ensuring that all CHLA’s patients receive the critical, lifesaving care they need.

Co-Chairing “Dreamnight” are Beth Hunt Price, GLAZA trustee, and a member of the CHLA Board of Trustees, and Maggie Simms of Simms Restaurants. “Dreamnight” committee members include Lori Winters Samuels, Stephen Stone, Stuart Klabin, Kim Shepherd, Erika Aronson Stern and Laura Wasserman.

Initiated in 1996 by the Rotterdam Zoo for patients from the Sophia Children’s Hospital, “Dreamnight” is now celebrated internationally every year, providing opportunities for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses to visit more than 250 educational institutions for a night of respite and entertainment.

“Dreamnight” PRESENTING SPONSOR is AEG. Platinum Sponsors are Cigna, The Honest Company, the Junior Ambassadors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Lori and Ted Samuels, Marc and Eva Stern Foundation, and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation; Gold Sponsors are Beth Price and Family, and Silver Sponsors are EPSON, Drew Fenton, and Stephen Stone.

Sponsorship packages are available ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, and individual donations are welcome on any level. For additional information, visit CHLA.org/dreamnight or call Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 361-1719.

Griffith Park’s landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles. www.lazoo.org

CHILDREN’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 more than 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. For more information, visit www.CHLA.org.

AEG is the world’s leading sports and entertainment company. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns, operates or consults with a collection of companies including over 120 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center, StubHub Center and The O2 arena and entertainment district. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district featuring Microsoft Theater, The Norvo, and a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings and LA Galaxy as well as the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race. Along with AEG Facilities, other global divisions include AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies comprised of touring, festival, exhibition and special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships, responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming rights and other strategic partnerships.

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