The largest grower and processor of almonds and pistachios in the world, Paramount Farms donated $4 million to The Campaign for Children’s, supporting Children’s Hospital’s ongoing efforts to bring first-rate pediatric physicians,technology and care to our region. In honor of their generosity, Children’s named its new 60,000 square-foot expansion project "Paramount Farms Plaza".
“This donation stems from our commitment to our employees and to the broader Central Valley community,” said David Krause, President, Paramount Citrus and a Hospital trustee. “When we ask our employees throughout the Valley which charities are most deserving of our support, Children’s Hospital is always among the top choices.”
“As my dad has said many times, ‘Children are our future,’” said Kim Ruiz-Beck, Chairman Ruiz Foods, the leading manufacturer of frozen Mexican foods in the United States.
Her father Fred Ruiz founded the Dinuba-based business with her grandfather, Louis, in 1964. Today, third-generation Kim and her brother, Bryce, President and CEO, embrace the Ruiz family legacy: “At Ruiz Foods, our passion – our promise – is to make a difference in everything we do.”
Enthusiastic supporters of Children’s Hospital for more than 20 years, the Ruiz family and their nearly 2,500 team members put their words into action by donating $1 million to the Hospital. In honor of their gift and continued support, the Hospital will name the eight-bed expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit scheduled to open in spring 2011, “The Ruiz Family Pediatric Intensive Care North.”
Taco Bell Golf Tournament Raises $75,000 for Children's Hospital
On Friday, May 13th, 136 golfers from across the Valley teed it up at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club for the 7th Annual Children’s Hospital Central California Golf Tournament. Thanks to their participation, strong sponsor support, and an enthusiastic planning committee, this year's tournament raised an incredible $75,000 for Children's Hospital Central California.
A big thank you to major sponsors: Taco Bell, ABC 30, Fresno Lexus, Pepsi Bottling Group, Grimbleby Coleman, Merrill Lynch, Paul McDougal Marketing, Stericycle and Wells Capital Management. Valley Wide Beverage and Pepsi provided drinks on the course.
Cancer survivor and Children’s Hospital Ambassador Raymond Parra was on hand to hit tee shots for donations and to draw winning raffle tickets. The winning team was: Dennis Perkins, Ryan Perkins, Jeff Marchant and Greg Whitney. This was the third year the tournament was designated a Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament – one of 190 held across the United States, raising over $120 million for charities since 1989.
After battling it out with a few anxious bidders, Dave Olson was the winner of a golf trip for two to play in the Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship at Pebble Beach in December 2011. His donation brought an additional $5,000 to Children’s Hospital.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Taco Bell Golf Tournament has raised an astounding $522,550 for Children's Hospital. Proceeds from the tournament will help the hospital fulfill their mission and ensure that every child in Central California has access to excellent health care. Thanks Dave Olson, Taco Bell, sponsors, volunteers and all the golfers who supported this great event! 2012 should be even better!