Matching grant will support services for children recovering from abuse

The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation has pledged a $75,000 matching grant to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter™ campaign. CHLA and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center (BSCC) are partnering to raise $250,000 for services related to child abuse, before March 31.

The inaugural Make March Matter campaign in 2016 focused on the Los Angeles area to raised funds for the hospital. This year’s campaign expanded to include a component designed to raise funds specifically for Coachella Valley children receiving healthcare services at CHLA and BSCC. Both organizations have programs that focus on the needs of children suffering the effects of abuse and neglect and those who are at risk of being abused.

“We are grateful to the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation for its support, which we hope will inspire others to give to this important cause,” said Dawn Wilcox, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at CHLA.

Offering more than 350 programs and services specifically for children, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures. All of the money raised in the desert will be used to bring the services that CHLA provides through the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center to the BSCC. The funding will help patients receive child-appropriate care more quickly, reduce delays in child abuse investigations, protect more children who have suffered abuse and support a more streamlined return home for children who have not been abused.

“It is important that children suffering from abuse and neglect receive specialized counseling services and other treatment, regardless of a family’s financial situation,” said Catharine Reed, Program Director for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “It means a lot to us that we can help these children and families.”

For more information or to donate to the Make March Matter campaign, visit www.makemarchmatter.org, or call 323-361-1766. Both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

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