For those of you who enjoy listening to Larry King on Larry King Live on CNN, you will be glad to know that he and his wife, Shawn, will be honored at the 10th annual Mattel Party on the pier, which benefits Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
The event this year will take place on Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. Larry King and his wife will both be presented with an honorary white doctor’s coat during a special ceremony. Mattel Inc will present Shawn with something that is very unique. It will be a one-of-a-kind doll made in her image to recognize her dedication to this hospital.
Shawn is very happy to be honored at this year’s event because the UCLA Medical Center, now known as Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, has a special place in this couple’s hearts.
The reason why this hospital is special for them is because they got married in Larry’s hospital room, just before he underwent an angioplasty to unblock an artery in his heart.
Their bond with this hospital grew stronger when Shawn gave birth here to their two sons; Chance Armstrong King, their older son was born in 1999 and Cannon Edward King was born at this same hospital a year later.
Because of his heart illness, the Kings established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation at this site. The Kings are dedicated to saving lives, healing families, and strengthening communities.
Dr. Edward R.B. McCabe, physician-in-chief at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA said that he is very honored that Larry, Shawn and their children will be helping to make this occasion a memorable one.
There will be other celebrities at the Mattel party. They are: David Henrie, David DeLuise and Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) and others.
The Mattel Party on the Pier is one of the major annual fundraising events for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. As a state-assisted institution, the hospital has increasing limited funding and must rely on the charitable support of private donors and community partners.
Families look forward to this event every year because there is always a great deal of entertainment that are enjoyed by children and adults as well. There are rides, carnival games, prizes, (donated by Mattel Inc) a silent auction featuring trips, jewelry and collector’s memorabilia, arts and crafts booths, great food and more.
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, one of the highest rated children’s hospital in southern California, is a vital component of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. It is ranked the third best hospital in the nation.
Source: UCLA Newsroom