UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is celebrating its 15th annual Mattel Party on the Pier benefiting UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on October 5th.
Sponsored by Mattel, Inc., the fun-filled day for the entire family includes unlimited rides and carnival games stocked with prizes donated by Mattel; a silent auction featuring entertainment packages; sweet treats and collector's memorabilia; arts and crafts such as face painting; and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will host the VIP sponsor area featuring breakfast and lunch generously donated by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress and mother of two young children, will host this year's event. She will be joined by young Disney actors and actresses as well other celebrities to sign autographs, take pictures with guests and help out in the game booths.
"We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th annual Mattel Party on the Pier and this year's event should be bigger and better than ever," said Dr. Sherin Devaskar, physician-in-chief of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. "As always, we are very grateful to the sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make this successful event a memorable day for all. Most importantly, the funds raised will go directly to help the health and well-being of our patients."
In 2013, Mattel Party on the Pier raised more than $800,000 for UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. The unrestricted funding helped launch high-priority programs at UCLA and support innovative research discoveries that have the potential to benefit patients suffering from disease, not only at UCLA but around the world. Recent support has been directed to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gene-therapy programs, research on autism-related epilepsy and treatments to improve immune function for children who have undergone chemotherapy and bone-marrow transplants.
The Mattel Party on the Pier is expected to once again attract a sellout crowd with general admission tickets available at $150 for adults and $75 for children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 are admitted free. All net proceeds benefit UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. To purchase tickets or for more information on the event, please visit www.partyonthepier.ucla.edu. To learn more about UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, please visit www.uclahealth.org/mattel.
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in California, is a vital component of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, ranked the fifth best hospital in nation and best in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents. The hospital's mission is to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for children in a compassionate atmosphere and to improve the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases. Follow the "Mattel Party on the Pier" conversation on Twitter at @MCHUCLA and #MattelPOP.