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Winter Gala to Celebrate 30th Year and Honor Supporters


November 14, 2013

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Greater Los Angeles
1875 Century Park East, Suite 950
Los Angeles, California 90067
Contact: Dimitri Czupylo
Office: 310-788-9474 ext. 115
Mobile: 310.413.7520


Local Chapter Marks 30 Years of Granting More than 8,300 Wishes at “The Wishing Well Winter Gala” 

LOS ANGELES  (November 14, 2013) – In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles announced today a trio of wish-pactful Angelenos to be honored at The Wishing Well Winter Gala on December 4 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Kobe Bryant will receive the organization’s Shining Star Award, Sam Nazarian & sbe will be accepting the Corporate Leadership Award and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will be recognized with the Medical Visionary Award.

“As we celebrate this milestone in our chapter’s history, we are proud to honor Kobe Bryant, Sam Nazarian & sbe, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the significant impact they have made in bringing hope, strength and joy into the lives of our wish children and their families,” said Breena F. Gold, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. “Wishes can literally change the course of a child’s life and we are tremendously thankful to Kobe, Sam & sbe, and Children’s Hospital for partnering with us to ensure our boys and girls experience the remarkable power of a wish.”

About the Honorees
Coupled with the medical community’s partnership and the support of individuals and corporations, Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Honorees that are furthering our mission:
  • Kobe Bryant - While voted MVP professionally, he is a MVP personally to more than 100 wish kids from around the country whose wish was to meet this Lakers superstar. From shooting one-on-one hoops to taking personal photos, Kobe ensures his quality time with each child is personal and private.
  • Sam Nazarian & sbe – As Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board for sbe, Sam Nazarian is a prominent business leader, global hotelier and real estate mogul, that is also highly-regarded in the Los Angeles community as a generous philanthropist. His newly-formed sbe Foundation aims to help revitalize the communities in which sbe operates with youth-related programs like Make-A-Wish. Over the years, sbe has supported its wish-granting mission and played host to vital fundraising initiatives.
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – A leader in pediatric medicine and an integral partner in the treatment of our children, we receive more than 50 percent of our referrals from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The hospital has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.
The gala is chaired by Suzanna Kolb, president of E! Entertainment, and a member of the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles board of directors.

For sponsorship information, table purchase, individual tickets or tribute book advertisements congratulating the honorees, please contact Rebecca Mizrahi at

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. The Greater Los Angeles Chapter celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013, having granted more than 8,300 wishes to local wish children between the ages of 2 ½-18. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the network of Make-A-Wish chapters grants a wish every 38 minutes somewhere in the country. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles at to learn more.

About Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

About sbe
sbe is a creative hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is dedicated to delivering the best in design, culinary and entertainment. Already a proven leader in the hospitality and real estate industries, sbe has over 80 properties currently operating or in development, and has expanded several of its flagship brands including SLS Hotels, Katsuya by Starck, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Hyde Lounge and The Redbury, nationally and internationally. Founded in 2002 by Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately held company. More information about sbe can be obtained at, or by downloading the sbe App.

Press Contact

Jaya Vadlamudi
Director, Communications & Partnerships
11390 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA  90064

Phone : (310) 788-9474 x115
Fax : (310) 785-9474

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