Donors come together to grant Hollywood themed quinceañera for Frida Lagunas
Los Angeles, January 30, 2014 – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Quinceanera.com held a special celebration at the hospital for cancer survivor Frida Lagunas on Saturday, January 25th and turned Frida’s dream into a reality by celebrating her fifteenth birthday with a Hollywood themed quinceañera.
Frida was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of twelve and was able to overcome the disease through her strength, desire to live, and the amazing work of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
However, with all her family has endured, they couldn’t afford to celebrate her fifteenth birthday this past November. Having learned of the possibility that Frida may not get to experience the traditional 15th birthday celebration, Children’s Hospital and Quinceanera.com came together to commemorate the inspiring young lady’s life.
“This event is extremely significant for all of us. Frida’s journey is a representation of the hopes and dreams of so many young girls currently battling a serious medical condition. We are grateful to all the donors and Quinceanera.com for their support in making Frida’s lifelong dream possible”, said Dana Valenzuela, Senior Associate Director, Foundation Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Frida and her family arrived in a limousine, followed by a glamorous red carpet where Frida shined in a beautiful fuchsia dress from famous designer Adan Terriquez from the Jenni Rivera’s Princesa collection.
“This is a celebration of life and I am extremely happy to be part of such a significant event. Five people collaborated in the elaboration of this dress, just so that Frida would look spectacular on her special day” said Terriquez.
Martha de la Torre, founder and CEO of Quinceanera.com was also very proud to have been able to collaborate in such a project saying, “Becoming involved with this cause and making quinceañeras’ dreams come true has always been the main objective of our company. It is through Quinceanera.com that we have inspired young girls and hope to continue influencing Latino teenage girls to strive for their dreams and turn these into reality.”
Erika Garza, ESPN Deportes anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. A surprise musical performance was made by Leonardo Aguilar, son of renowned Mexican singer and Grammy award winner Pepe Aguilar. Leonardo was accompanied by a mariachi and sang three songs including the traditional “Mañanitas”. Leonardo Aguilar is a friend to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he serves as a Junior Ambassador, helping to raise awareness and funds for the patients and families served.
In the same spirit of giving inspired by the event, Dr. Feliciano Serrano who is a member of Los Compadres, a philanthropic support group for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles composed of Latino leaders, donated $10,000 to the hospital in Frida’s name to benefit children and families like Frida battling serious medical conditions.
The celebration was made possible by the selfless support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Quinceanera.com, Adan Terriquez, Friar Tux, Burbank Marriott Hotel, Carlton Hair Studios, Lupita’s Bakery, Frito Lay, Five Star Limo, Torres Photography, 15|40 Productions, Classic Party Rentals, J&M Entertainment and Taly Taly Catering.
About Children’s Hospital in 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.
Quinceanera.com is a multi-platform party-planning brand that integrates web, e-newsletters, print supplements, mobile, and live events to reach bilingual Quinceañeras and their families. Quinceanera.com is a product of EC Hispanic Media, a Hispanic marketing solutions company serving the U.S. Latino grassroots community through niche-oriented brands since 1988. EC Hispanic Media flagship product is El Clasificado magazine, a verified publication with a weekly circulation of 510,000 copies, which is distributed in over 300 cities in Southern California and also Yuma, Arizona.
For media interviews or video footage of the event contact:
Alicia García de Angela, Director of Public Relations at EC Hispanic Media and Quinceanera.com at [email protected] or 1-800-450-5852.
Marlen Bugarin, Sr. Public Relations Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 361-5567 or [email protected].