Bright Moves

For many young persons dealing with a serious illness or injury, long hospital stays become the norm of everyday life. Those days, weeks or months spent away from the comforts of home can be frustrating and isolating for patients as well as their families. A positive distraction can make all the difference. Enter the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For many young persons dealing with a serious illness or injury, long hospital stays become the norm of everyday life. Those days, weeks or months spent away from the comforts of home can be frustrating and isolating for patients as well as their families. A positive distraction can make all the difference. Enter the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For a quarter of a century, this incredible organization has provided these kids with an outpouring of entertainment, education and family activities. In addition to offering welcome diversions, Starlight helps patients and their kin better understand and manage the illnesses and connect with other families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.

“When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family struggles to cope — parents and siblings, too,” says Starlight’s “Fairy Godmother,” actress Jamie Lee Curtis. “Starlight is dedicated to helping these families find some relief…to help them feel less isolated…to improve their quality of life during very difficult times.”

Starlight kids benefit in countless ways from the various programs sponsored by the organization. Fun Centers™ bring mobile entertainment units, like DVDs and Nintendo systems, to bedsides, while Hospital Happenings® amuse patients with parties and entertainers. Online programs like PC Pals® and Starlight World® allow participants to connect with friends, family and other kids dealing with similar illnesses.

“The programs offered by Starlight are educational, and give kids relatable, easily-understood background on what’s going on with their bodies, and gives them hope,” says current Starlight National Spokesperson, actor Corbin Bleu. “Each game, movie, and video gives them insight that is proven effective during their stressful times.”

Recently, the organization underwent a three-year rebranding effort that included a name shortening, logo change, a new tagline (“help us brighten their world, a little each day”), the creation of a new PSA campaign and an overhauled Website.

On March 19, a new-and-improved Starlight will celebrate 25 years with their annual dinner and awards gala, “A Stellar Night 2010.” Held this year at the Century Plaza Hyatt Hotel, this incredible evening will honor the people and businesses that help make Starlight such an astounding success. A stellar group indeed.

To find out how you can contribute to the mission of Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit them at starlight.org.


As passionate about kids as he is about music and wine, jazz celebrity Dave Koz is donating 100% of the proceeds from his new KOZ wines to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, where he has been actively involved for 17 committed years. As Dave himself puts it, “I’m certainly a student in this whole process, but I love it  — I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time and the more I learn the more I want to know. That this project directly benefits Starlight, my long-time charity, it’s all the more sweet…doing good and drinking good will now go hand in hand!”

KOZ wines are available in limited quantities at Whole Foods Market locations throughout Southern California. Your purchase will go a long way towards bettering the lives of others, too. That’s something we can all toast.

Find out more at davekoz.com.
 

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