Dreamnight at the L.A. Zoo


May 21, 2015



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 Munchkin, the evening’s Presenting Sponsor, on Friday, June 5, 2015.  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 1,100 guests comprised of CHLA’s patients and their families have the unique after-hours opportunity to explore a route in the Zoo featuring; up-close opportunities with animals, chats with keepers, entertainment, costumed characters and dinner.  Event sponsorships and general donations may be made to support the work of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Funds raised for CHLA benefit the Helping Hands Fund, ensuring that critical, lifesaving care is available regardless of a family’s ability to pay.  Funds raised for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association make an impact locally at the Zoo through its educational programs as well as globally through wide-ranging conservation efforts.

Co-Chairing “Dreamnight” are Beth Hunt Price, GLAZA Trustee and CHLA Trustee, and Kim Shepherd, long-time GLAZA supporter and CHLA Trustee.  Among members of the “Dreamnight” Advocates Committee, comprised of celebrity friends of the Los Angeles Zoo and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, are actors Pauley Perrette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carolyn Hennesy, Matthew Lillard and cast members of Disney Channel’s “Dog With a Blog” TV series.  “Dreamnight” committee members include Teena Hostovich, Lori Samuels (GLAZA Trustee), Laura Wasserman (GLAZA Trustee), Tom and Maggie Simms (Mr. Simms is a CHLA Trustee), Ginger Sherak and Erika Stern (GLAZA Trustee).

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

“Dreamnight” sponsors include: Activision, Teena Hostovich, Frederick Huntsberry, Eva and Marc Stern, the Junior Ambassadors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Legends, Beth Price, Kim Shepherd, Ted and Lori Samuels, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, PayForward, Erika Aronson and Adam Stern, Starz, Jennifer Thornton Wieland and the Los Angeles Kings.

Sponsorship packages are available ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, and individual donations are welcome on any level.  For additional information, visit chla.org/dreamnight or call Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 361-1742.

The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 1.6 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 a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  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.  Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas.  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 five in the nation, we treat 107,000 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.  Children’s Hospital has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll.  Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.  The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.  For more information, visit CHLA.org

Founded in 1991, MUNCHKIN INC. is a privately held, global company headquartered in Van Nuys, California.  Munchkin seeks to rid the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun.  From feeding to potty, Munchkin creates innovative products and challenges industry standards in every facet of family life.  A strategic partnership with Church and Dwight resulted in a line of diapering products that work with pure, natural baking soda, including the award-winning ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin.  The company continues to grow at a rapid rate, including two recent acquisitions of Lindam Ltd., the U.K.’s top baby safety brand in January 2010, and the January 2014 acquisition of BRICA, Inc., a leading travel accessories brand for babies and toddlers.  Munchkin’s commitment to product excellence and keen awareness that the littlest things make the biggest difference, has earned the company worldwide recognition from consumers and retail partners alike. Munchkin, Inc. has won more than 40 industry awards, including multiple wins of the coveted Target® Corporation Partner Award of Excellence and the Toys “R” Us 2012 Vendor of the Year award.  For more information, visit www.munchkin.com.