Miller Children’s Auxiliary Fashion Show Raises $40,000 For Pediatric Heart Center

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Gregory Thomas, M.D. (left), medical director, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial; Brandy Hattendorf, M.D., medical director, non-invasive pediatric cardiology,         Miller Children’s; and Shaun Setty, M.D. (right), medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, Miller Children’s, came out to support the Auxiliary’s efforts.

Gregory Thomas, M.D. (left), medical director, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial; Brandy Hattendorf, M.D., medical director, non-invasive pediatric cardiology, Miller Children’s; and Shaun Setty, M.D. (right), medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, Miller Children’s, came out to support the Auxiliary’s efforts.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, nearly 400 guests filled the Hyatt Regency Long Beach ballroom eagerly awaiting the latest collection from Lafayette 148, presented by Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island. The runway show was the highlight of an annual event thrown by the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary, which raised $40,000 to benefit the Pediatric Heart Center at Miller Children’s.

“We are truly honored and thankful to the Miller Children’s Auxiliary for choosing the Pediatric Heart Center as this year’s beneficiary of their annual fashion show,” says Shaun Setty, M.D., medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, Miller Children’s. “This amazing event raised funds which will be used to update our surgical instruments so we can continue to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. The goal of the Pediatric Heart Center is to provide excellent clinical care, perform cutting edge research and serve our community.”

The Pediatric Heart Center provides total prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or who have a family history of heart problems. It’s also home to one of very few Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery programs in the region. The program focuses on the medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects from tiny newborns to adults – regardless of complexity.

Nearly 400 community members bid on 100 silent auction items donated by local Long Beach businesses.

Nearly 400 community members bid on 100 silent auction items donated by local Long Beach businesses.

The Miller Children’s Auxiliary was founded in 1946 and has dramatically changed the delivery of health care to children in the Long Beach area by donating more than $13 million to Miller Children’s.

Since its inception, the Auxiliary’s mission has been to “Have a Heart and Help a Child.” Many of its member’s personal experiences with the hospital keep them giving back, like this year’s fundraiser chairman, Margie Penny.

“My daughter was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis when she was just shy of her 4th birthday,” says Penny. “It was in the summer of 1970 when Miller Children’s opened. While she lay near death, I promised God if she lived I would one day and some way give back to the hospital. Well God was good and she is now a beautiful 46-year-old wife and mother and even works at the hospital taking baby photos. That’s why I love this hospital and feel so fortunate that I could keep my promise.”

Last year, Auxiliary volunteers worked more than 17,000 hours for the benefit of
Miller Children’s patients by holding monthly birthday celebrations, arts and crafts events and managing two gift shops.

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