The Event

Join us for the hospital’s biennial Gala at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on October 3, 2020. 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 week 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. The 2020 Courage to Care Award Honorees are:

Luisana Lopilato and Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé is a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, actor, producer and humanitarian. He has sold over 75 million records and has earned several platinum and gold number one singles and albums during the course of his extraordinary career. He has hosted seven TV specials on NBC. A native of Burnaby, Canada, he is a co-owner of the Vancouver Giants hockey team. His iconic Christmas album is the biggest selling holiday album of all time.

Luisana Lopilato is an Argentinian actress and model who has appeared on scores of TV shows and films including Casados con Hijos and Chiquititas. Born in Buenos Aires, Lopilato is also a brand ambassador for L’Oreal.

Michael, Luisana and their three children Noah, Elias, and Vida live in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Long time supporters of various humanitarian causes, Michael and Luisana have partnered with several organizations that help people in need in Canada and the U.S., including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in support of pediatric cancer research. They have also led fundraising campaigns and been actively involved in providing resources for LGBTQ youth and regularly participate in various charitable initiatives that support children and families, such as anti-bullying, the families of the Australian firefighters and citizens, accessible housing for the homeless, and funding for animal welfare.


Panda Express

On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express, home of American Chinese comfort food, is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best-seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,200 locations throughout the U.S. and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to more than ten international countries.

Powered by a global family of associates, Panda Cares, the organization’s philanthropic arm, has contributed more than 195 million dollars and countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 12 million youths, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999.

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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.

Master of Ceremonies

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Featured Entertainment

Special performance by Michael Bublé

“If my songs lift someone up, carry them through another day, inspire, comfort or bring joy, then I know I’m being responsible for the gifts I have been given.” With that philosophy in mind and his passion for the great tunes in the Great American Songbook, Michael Bublé has spent the last two decades bringing all that and more to his millions of devoted fans around the globe.

Throughout his childhood, his late grandfather shared with Michael his abiding love for the crooners of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s which set Michael on his career path as a singer. In 2003, uber-producer David Foster heard Michael sing at the wedding of Canada’s then Prime Minister’s daughter and immediately signed him to his 143/Reprise Records. His major record label debut, the self titled Michael Bublé received critical acclaim and a fan base that continued to grow as he toured North America. In 2005, with the release of It’s Time, Bublé’s ascent began in earnest with the album remaining on the Billboard Jazz Charts for a staggering two years. His No. 1 platinum single, the Bublé penned “Home” hit the top of the charts in 12 countries. In 2007 Bublé won his first Grammy for his Call Me Irresponsible album which included the hit single “Everything.” Four additional Grammy Awards followed along with multiple Canadian Juno Awards.

He became the unofficial voice of Christmas with his 2011 Christmas album which became the most successful holiday album of all time and, this past year, received one billion streams. It has remained a top selling album for the past nine years. Three multi platinum albums (2009’s Crazy Love, 2013’s To Be Loved, and 2016’s Nobody But Me) followed and continued his streak of hits. His most recent album, Love, was released in 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Charts.

Michael has performed in over 60 countries and has recently completed 135 sold out arena and stadium shows of his “Evening With Michael Bublé” concerts.

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