The Event

Join us for the hospital’s biennial gala at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on October 8, 2022. The Gala pays tribute to our courageous children and the exceptional physicians, researchers, and caregivers who change lives through the spark of discovery and the healing power of compassion.

Transforming the remarkable setting of Barker Hangar into an exciting atmosphere with premier entertainment and delicious cuisine, the night is a tribute worthy of one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles creates hope and builds healthier futures for children and families all over Southern California and beyond. At our hospital, every aspect of the health care experience is kid-focused, and families heal together while bravely facing the challenges of illness and injury. Your support allows us to provide the critical treatments that help save young lives today while we work with breakthrough therapies that will save and improve the lives of children tomorrow.

Courage to Care Award Honorees

At each CHLA Gala, we present our Courage to Care Award to those who are champions of children and children-related causes and are recognized for their outstanding humanitarian efforts. Coming from varied backgrounds and industries, they share a common bond through their participation in philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy to improve the welfare of children worldwide.


Gala Tickets

To purchase tables or tickets, please contact Michael Sandler at 323.361.1744 or

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our events and prioritizes the well-being of the community. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow the guidance of government entities. The format and admission requirements may change based on the latest health recommendations and will be communicated to you prior to the event. Thank you for your support of CHLA.

Become a Sponsor

For details on sponsorship opportunities contact Michael Sandler at 323.240.4935 or

Mission Ambassadors

Leo Mascarenhas, MD, MS

Leo Mascarenhas, MD is the Deputy Director of the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute and the Section Head of Oncology within the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He is also the Director of the Solid Tumor Program and the Director of the Clinical Trials Program within the Institute, and the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded Children’s Oncology Group (COG) at CHLA.

Dr. Mascarenhas is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He joined CHLA in 1995 for his fellowship and has been on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Mascarenhas is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric bone and soft tissue tumors and has consistently been listed in Best Doctors in America®, America’s Top Pediatricians®, Southern California Super Doctors®, and Top Doctors Pasadena®.

Dr. Mascarenhas serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Vice-Chair of the Voting Body and Member of the Bone Sarcoma and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pablove Foundation.


James Stein, MD, MSc, FACS, FAAP

James Stein, MD, MSc, FACS, FAAP is CHLA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Stein is responsible for developing care delivery systems that set the bar in all metrics including quality, outcomes and institutional operational and financial performance. Dr. Stein is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Since joining CHLA in 1996, Dr. Stein has held a variety of leadership roles. He was named Vice Chair for CHLA’s department of Surgery ahead of the institution’s successful move into the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion in 2011. Between 2004 and 2005, he served as the Interim Chief of the division of Pediatric Surgery. Additionally, he led the Division of Pediatric Surgery’s efforts to offer outpatient care for families in locations that are closer to home, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.

He has served as a lead surgeon in no less than six conjoined twin separation surgeries—of which he led four—procedures that require intense multidisciplinary planning and coordination and meticulous execution. He was part of a CHLA and Keck Medicine of USC team trip to Haiti to separate that nation’s first set of conjoined twins with an abdominal fusion, which received international attention.

Board-certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Stein is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, and is on the California Children’s Hospital Association Quality Leaders. He is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association Quality Leaders, and an inaugural board member for the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization and the Hospital Quality Institute. Recently, Dr. Stein was selected to the Quality and Patient Safety Board of the California Children’s Hospital Association. He is a past Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award nominee and has been named a Top Doctor by The Hollywood Reporter, Best Doctors in America, U.S. News & World Report magazine, Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine and Southern California Super Doctors.


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