Our Ambassadors

Global Ambassador Dave Koz

For nearly three decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Dave Koz. His extended list of prestigious credits include playing with acclaimed artists Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. Dave is a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and nine Grammy® nominations. In addition to Dave’s annual summer and holiday tours, he hosts Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises. Dave also continues to flex his mass-communications muscles as a radio personality. He hosts the syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show – now in its 21st year and airing in approximately 50 markets. In the spring of 2014, he launched “The Dave Koz Lounge,” which airs Sundays on SiriusXM (Satellite radio), and “Dave Koz & Friends Radio,” a 24-hour-a-day radio channel personally curated by Dave on SKY.FM Radio & JAZZRADIO.com multichannel Internet radio services.You can find his line of Koz Wines at Whole Foods of Southern California, Nevada and Arizona and in all California Pizza Locations. Dave Koz Wine is also available on amazon.com. Dave donates 100 percent of profits from the sale of Koz Wines, no less than 10 percent of the purchase price per bottle, to Starlight Children’s Foundation. Dave is widely known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur and instrumental music advocate.

As a philanthropist, Dave has served as Starlight’s Global Ambassador since 1993, harnessing his worldwide appeal to raise funds and awareness for Starlight’s mission to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. In addition to donating his musical talents to fundraising events, Dave frequently donates exclusive experiences to his Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruise, concerts and more. Each year his fans lead campaigns to raise funds for Starlight in honor of Dave’s birthday, and also deliver bears to hospitalized children during the holiday season. While on tour, Dave often visits hospitalized children, performing for them and their families. In addition, Dave’s family was among the first to sponsor laptop computers for pediatric patients, placing three units at Shriners Hospital Los Angeles in his mother’s memory. In appreciation of Dave’s years of dedicated support, Starlight proudly honored him at our annual gala in 2007, and his whole family at our awards in 2014.
To learn more about Dave, visit www.davekoz.com   


Global Ambassador Tony DiTerlizzi

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has firsthand experience as a parent of a hospitalized child. When his daughter was hospitalized with seizures at a young age, Tony entertained and distracted her from her illness by creating fairy tales and engaging in make-believe play. This experience led him to collaborate with Starlight, an organization known for collaborating with innovators in pediatric health, entertainment and technology. Starlight values Tony’s contributions to its family-centered programs and services for hospitalized and chronically ill children.

For more than 10 years, Tony has lent his creative talents and literary esteem to Starlight by raising funds and awareness for our organization. He graciously contributed custom illustrations to Once Upon a Fairytale, a collection of fairy tales whose proceeds directly benefited Starlight. He launched his bestseller “The Search for WondLa,” a futuristic fairy tale series of books he is currently adapting for a film version, with a special event with actress Uma Thurman that benefited Starlight. And in association with his longtime publisher, Simon & Schuster, Tony launched Starlight Storytellers, a venture that brings authors, illustrators, and storytellers to hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
To learn more about Tony, visit www.diterlizzi.com   


Starlight Ambassador Bailee Madison

At just 14, Bailee Madison is already a versatile actress who has showcased her wide-ranging talent, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles. She currently stars as Hillary Harrison on ABC's "Trophy Wife." Bailee has starred alongside Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, and Billy Crystal in 20th Century Fox and Walden Media’s film Parental Guidance, and she stars as Young Snow White in ABC’s hit drama “Once Upon a Time.” When not working in film or television, she focuses her time and talents towards raising funds and awareness for kids with chronic illness and pediatric cancer research.

Bailee was inspired to help Starlight Children’s Foundation to improve the life and health of kids and families in 2008 when she attended her first Starlight gala. Since then, the young actress has proven her dedication to Starlight families by appearing in public service announcements, attending hospital and community-based events, and co-hosting Starlight’s annual gala, the very same event that first drew her to the cause.

As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors, Bailee has a growing platform to spread awareness of Starlight’s unique mission to partner with healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals around the world and has accepted the challenge to expand her role as a Starlight Ambassador. In her new role, Bailee leads Starlight Day, Starlight’s one-day Twitter campaign that calls attention to the millions of hospitalized children around the world and how hospitalization impacts their childhood. Additionally, she connects with Starlight families – at the hospital, in the community, and online – and seeks every opportunity to support Starlight’s domestic and international efforts.
To learn more about Bailee, visit www.baileemadison.com  

Starlight Ambassador Carly Rose Sonenclar

Carly Rose Sonenclar is a singer, songwriter and actress who, at just 15 years of age, has made a name for herself around the world. In 2012, she became the runner-up on the U.S version of “The X Factor” and is currently writing and recording her debut album with Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Simon Cowell.

In addition to her musical career, Carly is also an accomplished actress. She made her Broadway debut at age seven as Young Cosette in Les Miserables, has appeared alongside Melissa Gilbert in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie The Musical, and originated the principal role of Chloe in Wonderland on Broadway. Her TV credits include a starring role as Gilda Flip in “The Electric Company” on PBS and guest starring on "Law and Order: SVU ."

Since Carly was twelve years old she has been dedicated to helping to improve the life and health of Starlight kids and families. She was recently named one of the most powerful women under 21 by Seventeen magazine, in part for her work with Starlight Children’s Foundation. In her role as Starlight Ambassador, Carly has performed numerous times at the Starlight-sponsored KidZone TV at Mount Sinai Hospital ; sung with Starlight children at the annual gala; written a song inspired by Starlight children; performed at Citi Field representing the organization; made generous donations from concert proceeds; and organized outings for Starlight kids and their families to Broadway shows. Most importantly, Carly has been a friend and confidant to many Starlight kids and their families. .

To learn more about Carly Rose, visit http://www.carlyrosesonenclar.com/   


Starlight's Celebrity Friends



Allen Alvarado

Allen understands first-hand how Starlight programs make a powerful difference for hospitalized kids thanks to a Starlight Fun Center motivating him to get well during his own long-term hospitalization. He next appears in the film Immigrant and is currently filming the ABC Family movie, Phys Ed.









Austin Anderson

Singer/songwriter Austin is best known for his role as Pete on Nickelodeon’s "Victorious." He recently filmed the independent movie Wiener Dog Nationals, which features his original song “Finish Line.” Austin is a frequent performer and popular celebrity guest at Starlight events.







Ashley Argota

Ashley stars in the popular Nickelodeon shows "True Jackson"and "Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures." A passionate singer, she often entertains Starlight kids and families at Starlight events.






Savvy and Mandy Burhoe

Sisters Savvy and Mandy are the innovative duo of recording artists behind the band SAM. The girls are regulars at Starlight events.

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Devon Gearhart

Devon has acted in numerous films and television shows, including the film Funny Games and "Law & Order-SVU". He next appears in the short film The Well. Starlight is Devon’s charity of choice.






Zachary Gordon

Beloved for bringing Greg Heffley to life in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series, Zachary stars in the Walmart, P&G, Walden Media and ARC Entertainment production Pete’s Christmas on the Hallmark Channel this 2013 holiday season. He enjoys meeting Starlight families and raising awareness for Starlight’s mission at every opportunity.


Sammi Hanratty

Sammi can currently be seen playing the title character in the family film The Greening of Whitney Brown. Her upcoming projects include leading roles in Amazing Love and The Lost Medallion. When she isn’t acting she loves participating in Starlight events, including the annual Starlight Awards.








Nadji Jeter

Nadji reprised his role as Chris Rock’s son in Grown Ups 2, released in July 2013. He is passionate about giving back and frequently attends Starlight events to meet and interact with Starlight families.







Chloe Jordache

ChloeJ is an accomplished singer, dancer and songwriter. She frequently uses her singing talents to entertain families at Starlight events.






Dominic Scott Kay

While best known for his voice-over work as ‘Wilbur’ in Charlotte’s Web, Dominic is as passionate about writing, directing and music as acting. He is a frequent guest at the annual Starlight Awards and several other Starlight events.



Elise Luthman

Most recently Elise filmed a lead role in Nickelodeon’s Deadtime Stories and co-hosts "The Joey & Elise Show" alongside her brother, Joey. Painting faces and making crafts are Elise’s favorite ways of sharing her artistic skills at Starlight events.







Joey Luthman

Joey is an actor, singer, dancer, musician and is known for his recurring roles on Disney XD's "Kickin' It" as Emmitt and Nickelodeon's "How To Rock" as Craig Kronberg. He enjoys performing his comedy and music for Starlight families.







Sierra McCormick

Sierra stars as Olive Doyle on Disney Channel’s hit show "A.N.T. Farm." She is a popular guest at Starlight events and loves interacting with Starlight families.


Kay Panabaker

Kay’s prolific career includes starring roles in films Cyberbully, Little Birds, Fame, Nancy Drew and the television show "No Ordinary Family." She has met countless families through years of supporting Starlight.


Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler

Maddie and Mackenzie are two of the talented members of Abby Lee Miller’s elite team of dancers on Lifetime’s hit show "Dance Moms." The girls and their mom, Melissa, make frequent visits to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a Starlight partner hospital, to raise funds for Starlight and entertain some of their favorite fans.

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