Friday, February 09, 2007

Dave Koz To Receive Humanitarian Award

On March 23 Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation will present the Jackie Carlish Humanitarian Award to longtime friend saxophonist Dave Koz in recognition of his 20 years of dedication to improving the quality of life of seriously ill children and their families. The award, named for a founding member of Starlight Starbright who dedicated her life to ensuring that sick children still had a chance to be kids, recognizes individuals with the highest level of personal commitment to the foundation.

This honor, among others, will be presented at the organization's gala Stellar Night at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. In keeping with Starlight Starbright's family-focused mission, children are invited to attend the cocktail-attire affair to experience the importance of philanthropy firsthand. As an illustration of what kids can do to help other kids, the evening will highlight the volunteerism of Starlight Starbright's Star Power program, which includes such young celebrities as Corbin Bleu and Ashley Tisdale of "High School Musical," recording artist Kristy Frank, Christopher Massey of "Zoey 101" and Kyle Massey of "Cory in the House," among many others.

StarPower members serve as ambassadors for Starlight Starbright and participate in programs to lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families. A Stellar Night will also feature a special V.I.K (Very Important Kid) Lounge, sponsored by Hollywood Video, where young guests can join StarPower as they write notes to hospitalized children and try out Starlight Starbright technology such as PC Pal laptops and Fun Centers, which feature a Nintendo GameCube.

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is a nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of seriously ill children and their families through imaginative programs that educate, uplift their spirits, foster a sense of community and help alleviate the pain and fear of prolonged illness. Starlight Starbright offers an impressive array of in-hospital, outpatient, school- and home-based programs and services that touch the lives of more than 180,000 children and families each month. To learn more visit

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