Have you heard of CHOC Children’s? Do you love Disney? Well… have I got a story for you!
My friend’s twin prematurely-born nieces spent some time at CHOC Children’s in Orange County when they were born. They had some complications that CHOC Children’s treated. Another colleague of mine had to take her infant son for multiple heart operations at a children’s hospital. The great thing about these children’s hospitals like CHOC Children’s is that medical procedures and services can be provided at no cost to families in need.
How do they do this? With fundraisers like CHOC Walk in the Park! ALL funds raised at the Walk provides support to the programs and services in the greatest need—from mental health services to an expanded neonatal intensive care unit to providing healthcare for children and families who cannot afford to pay.
Support CHOC Walk in the Park – Disneyland Perks
On Sunday, October 30, 2016, tens of thousands of people will join CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland! This year’s walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “ CHOC walkers” get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5k walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District at the CHOC Walk Festival where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for participants.
There are many great reasons to take part in the CHOC Walk, in addition to the huge impact the funds that are donated and raised make on the health and wellbeing of Southern California’s children. Here are three reasons that Disney-loving families will really like.
1. Participating in the CHOC Walk and supporting CHOC Children’s is an opportunity to carry on Walt Disney’s passion for supporting the health and wellness of the children in the community surrounding the Disneyland Resort and the advancement of pediatric medicine. Raising money for CHOC Children’s provides parents the opportunity to teach their children about the importance of helping others—even children—in their community. It can be particularly powerful for children to learn that their fundraising can help other, less fortunate kids.
2. By raising money for the CHOC Walk, walkers can earn prizes, including free Disneyland Resort tickets that can provide a cost-saving option for families planning a Disneyland Resort vacation. Participants who raise between $375 and $599 earn one 1-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket. Participants who raise $600 or more earn two 1-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets.
3. By participating in the walk, families are not only helping to further CHOC’s mission, they are also able to gain a unique look at the Disneyland Resort through the Walk experience, purchase reduced-rate group ticket admission for the parks as part of the perks of participating in the CHOC Walk and enjoy special discounts in the Downtown Disney District the day of the walk. Together, all of these make the CHOC Walk an ideal time to plan a family getaway or staycation to the Disneyland Resort.
In order to purchase the reduced-rate group tickets, walkers must present their CHOC Walk In the Park wristband at a Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth to purchase a special CHOC-Tober Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park Hopper ticket for $83 or a 1-Day 1-Park Ticket for $55 for use on the day of the walk or another visit to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. A maximum of five tickets may be purchased per wristband. The offer is valid on October 30, 2016 only. Tickets expire November 30, 2016 and are blocked out November 19-23, 2016. Event and registration information can be found at www.chocwalk.org and real-time event information can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This year’s hashtag is #chocwalk.
Make it a full weekend! Sign up as a Walker and as an attendee at the Ambassadors Luau the night before! Enjoy Polynesian spirit of happiness and ohana at the second annual CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Luau on Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel’s Adventure Lawn. The luau is hosted by CHOC Walk Ambassadors, past and present, as a way to raise additional funds for the CHOC Walk in the Park and celebrate the courage and strength that they, and thousands of other CHOC patients and families, have shown during their medical journeys.
There will be activities for attendees of all ages, including special photographs with Disney characters; tattoos by Kaman’s Art Shoppe; Ambassadors’ silent auction; delicious luau-inspired dinner; authentic Polynesian entertainment with special appearances by Tupua Productions, Loa Greyson, Jerome Grey, Halau Hula Lani Ola and “Auntie” and an exciting finale featuring world-famous Polynesian fire dancers! Guests will also enjoy a dash of Disney magic with a special visit from artist Jimmy Mulligan. This year’s master of ceremony will be KTLA’s Henry DiCarlo.
Can’t wait to see you all there!! Plus, hi, perks!!
Will you join us??
More about CHOC Children’s: CHOC Children’s started as a regional hospital in Orange County (Calif) in 1964; it is now a regional healthcare leader that treats patients from throughout the US and around the world! CHOC Children’s is now made up of two hospitals, as well as 30 specialty clinics, access to more than 180 specialists and four renowned centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. In addition, CHOC Orange offers the only pediatric emergency department in the region and, in 2014, began operating a Level II pediatric-focused trauma center.
Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. Who doesn’t want to support children’s hospitals?