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Childrens Hospital“Billy Idol, Paul Sorvino and Beata Pozniak were among the celebrities and prominent people from the art world who attended the Chase Foundation’s fourth annual Art From the Heart fund-raiser for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Hosted by Susan and Robin Richards and Nessa and Robert Cooper, the evening attracted about 350 people and brought in nearly $300.000 for art and play therapy programs at the hospital. Many of the artists whose work was up for auction also attended, including Guy Dill, Lita Albuquerque, Fred Eversley, Guillermo Bert, Vadim Grinberg and Diane Holland. The auction was conducted by Andrea Fiuczynski of Christie’s Los Angeles and included works of Frank Gehry, Dennis Hopper (the actor), Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, Dale Chihuly, Tony Berlant and John Baldessari. Art historian Marian Amatullo also curated the “Child Within” exhibit, centered on the theme of childhood and featuring works by Donald Baechler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Mike Kelly and Andy Warhol. The Chase Foundation has built two Chase Place Facilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as well as the mobil Chase Place on wheels. Supervisedd by a childhood development specialist and an artist-in-residence, gravely ill children create art, write poetry and play games in Chase Place facilities. Honorary Chairpersons: Patricia Arquette and Nicolas Cage
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“Bzzz…Time Flyes” © 1992 All Rights Reserved. Beata Pozniak
One of many of Beata’s artwork that has been auctioned off for the Children’s Hospital/Chase Foundation

Chase Foundation Pledges $6.5 million for Chase Child Life
“For over a decade, the spirit of one small boy has brought joy to patients and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the remarkable program that bears his name. The Chase Foundation was co-founded in 1993 by Robin and Susan Richards following the death of their two-year-old son, Chase.A child life specialist had helped the Richards family come to terms with his illness and death. Now, a new 10-year, $6.5 million pledge from The Chase Foundation has moved the Foundation and the hospital closer to realizing a shared dream: to help every patient and family cope with the trauma of a child’s hospitalization through Chase Child Life, one of the pre-eminent child life programs in the country.  With this pledge, The Chase Foundation has provided the hospital with a total of $8.7 million in funds. In recognition of the Foundation’s support, every playroom in the hospital will become a Chase Place – including the seven planned for the New Hospital, which is slated to open in 2008. “We are extremely grateful to The Chase Foundation,” says Linda Garcia, manager of child development services at Children’s Hospital. “While the services provided by Chase Child Life enhance the hospital’s ability to provide quality, comprehensive care, securing funding for psychosocial programs is especially challenging. As a result, private philanthropy is vital.” The hospital’s Child Life program (renamed Chase Child Life in 2000) addresses the emotional, social and developmental needs of hospitalized children through therapeutic play, art-making, poetry and music. Specialists also prepare children for treatments or procedures by engaging in medical play. In addition, they help families cope with their own anxieties and teach them how to support their children. “This grant makes Susan and me particularly proud,” says Mr. Richards. “It makes it apparent that in the short time Chase was on this earth, his life was worth living. He continues to help tens of thousands of kids now, and he will help hundreds of thousands more...”

MORE INFO: “MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE” Publication of Children’s Hospital

 

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