Torch Run Relay Race and Cooking for Kids Competition Raise Funds to Expand the Children’s Cancer Center
2011-06-16 · By Editor
Hundreds of people came out for a day and evening of giving back. On Saturday, June 11, the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach held its 26th Annual Champions Run for Life Torch Run and that same night, held the Profiles of Courage Gala to benefit pediatric cancer patients. The long-running fundraising events will help hundreds of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders from JJCCC. Participants of the events were made up of patients, their families and friends, community members and celebrities. The day-long benefit consisted of a relay – passing an Olympic-style torch and then a cooking competition in the evening.
More than 40 celebrities starring in children’s television shows and movies joined the relay race with appearances from Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men”), Debra Wilson (“MADtv”), Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Tyler Steelman (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”) and Leon Thomas III (various Nickelodeon productions) who sang the National Anthem.
race was held at ShorelineAquaticPark in downtown Long Beach and the park provided an ideal setting for the relay race. Children were able to race in whatever condition they could, whether they ran, walked, wheeled or were carried. The scene was an inspirational, uplifting event with ecstatic cheering from supportive onlookers.
Later that evening, the Profiles of Courage Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, honored four patients from JJCCC for their positive spirits and ability to persevere. Additional honorees included Team “Matt Johnson,” Payless Foods and KV Mart, Co. for their years of fundraising support.
A highlight of the gala was the Cooking for Kids Competition where nine local “celebrity” chefs prepared a recipe that was judged by Paul Buchanan, Owner, Primal Alchemy Catering; Mary Clay, Director of Catering, Convention Services, Hyatt Regency Long Beach; and Nancy Monte-Frye, Senior Director of Catering, Convention Services, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The chefs were judged on presentation, quality, taste and the amount of money raised before the event. The title of “Ultimate Chef” for the 2011 competition went to Jake Hooper and Family. Honorable mention went to Dede Rossi, Deborah Hirt, Dawna DeLong and Gary DeLong, Long Beach councilmember for their immeasurable efforts.
The 26th Annual Champions Run for Life and Profiles of Courage Gala were a huge success. Together both events raised approximately $440,000 for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s CancerCenter at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.