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Children's Burn Foundation's Benefit Raises More Than $875,000 for Burn Survivors and Prevention
Date:3/5/2008

irman of the California Wellness Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations devoted to public health and wellness education. Erika Greaves is the national chairperson for Health Net's Celebration of Children, which provides Christmas parties for thousands of disadvantaged children and children of military personnel in locations across the country.

The Giving New Hope Benefit is hosted by The Council, a volunteer group that works on community outreach and fundraising efforts for The Children's Burn Foundation, under the leadership of Kathy Toppino, president of The Council; Dana Kitaj, benefit co-chair; and Jill Stein, benefit co-chair. Philanthropists Patrick Foley, Jay Gellert, Stephen Lynch, David Olson and Gary Yates served as dinner co-chairs.

Additional support was provided by Lynda Fadel, live auction chair; Linda Vitale, silent auction co-chair; and Reiko Pultz, silent auction co-chair, along with Susan Lynch, mystery box co-chair; Ellen Simmons, mystery box co-chair; and Jean Trebek, mystery box co-chair. The Council has raised more than six million dollars since 1996.

The benefit was emceed by Fritz Coleman, entertainment personality and well-known television weatherman on KNBC-TV. Entertainment was provided by the USC Trojan Marching Band and pianist Yevgeniy Milyavskiy. In attendance was Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy", along with his wife Jean Trebek, a member of The Council.

About the Children's Burn Foundation:

Since 1985, the Sherman Oaks, CA-based Children's Burn Foundation has served children in Southern California and around the world to provide state-of-the-art reconstructive treatment, psychological and social services and wonderful camp experiences to help young burn survivors heal. The Foundation's highly acclaimed prevention programs have taught more than a quarter of a million Angelenos and their families how to prevent burns. For more information visit

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