On Friday, January 11th, The Patient Entertainment Center at Boston Children’s Hospital’s hosted an early morning gathering for the official check presentation from the Milagros Para Ninos committee to the hospital.
Milagros Para Niños is the name of the Latino initiative for Boston Children’s which raises money and builds awareness to support the hospital’s life-saving care and world-changing research for its increasingly diverse patient population. Of the over 500,000 children that visit Boston Children’s Hospital each year, approximately, 150,000 (or 30 percent) are Latino.
So far, the Committee, composed of Latino business leaders from cross Massachusetts, has raised a cumulative total of over $2.2 million – $1.2 million for the Milagros Fund and $1 million for stem cell research in just three years.
The centerpiece of the fundraising efforts is the annual Gala. Last September, Milagros Para Niños, with TD Bank and Teleton USA as presenting sponsors held the 3rd annual dinner at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The black-tie affair celebrated the spirit of the Latino community in New England, worldwide and at Boston Children’s Hospital with a night of compelling patient family stories, dinner, music and dance performances, dancing and more.
Mexican philanthropist Alfredo Harp Helú was honored for his $1 million gift to the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital as WUNI anchor Sara Suarez served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
All gala proceeds directly benefited Boston Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, Martha Eliot Health Center and the International Health Services and Center for Families.