Over a thousand generous friends and supporters of the Guilds of Children’s Hospital Central California turned out for a wonderful and “Wicked” evening on April 6, bringing in more than $120,000 to benefit The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Endowment.
The night began with a lively VIP/Sponsors’ reception held over the rainbow in the Land of Oz at the Valdez Hall in downtown Fresno. Over 450 attendees visited The Emerald City abundant with delicious food, drinks, incredible raffle items, and of course, flying monkeys. From there they walked the green carpet to the nearby William Saroyan Theatre where the opening night of the new hit Broadway musical, “Wicked,” wowed more than 1,850 ticket holders. Many donned “Wicked’s” signature color green and wore a blue-ribbon pin showing their support for child abuse awareness.
“It was a beautiful event and went off without a hitch,” said Teresa Fierro, Guild manager. “The tremendous support from all the sponsors, attendees and the Guilds who care about our Valley’s kids is what made it so successful.”
The Pediatric Anesthesia Associates Medical Group, Inc., and Pediatric Critical Care Consultants served as the sold-out event’s Emerald City title sponsors, along with several Wizard sponsors: Young’s Commercial Transfer, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Eye-Q Cares, and Campos Brothers Farms.
Funds raised from “Wicked” go toward the Guilds’ pledge to raise $5 million for The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Endowment at Children’s. Our Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center specialists work with a multidisciplinary team at Children’s and outside organizations to evaluate patients for possible physical or sexual abuse – including collecting forensic evidence during a child’s examination as needed for Child Protective Services or law enforcement – and recommend a treatment plan. The Center can be contacted for emergencies 24 hours, seven days a week. Non-emergency cases are handled during the Center’s daytime clinic.
Historically, up to 5 percent of Children’s inpatient population comes because of suspected abuse or neglect, with most victims under age 5. In 2010, of the children under age 1 admitted to us for trauma, 38 percent were for non-accidental injury.
“We’re working hard to change this, so that no child needs to suffer,” said Dr. Philip Hyden, medical director of the Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center.