Dave Koz Brings Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Kids

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Dave Koz Brings Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Kids

$100,000 donation from Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2013 will help children in 20 cities

Grammy® nominated Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz visits California Hospital Medical Center today to present Starlight Children’s Foundation® with a check for $100,000 that will improve the life and health of kids in the 20 cities that Dave will visit on his “Dave Koz and Friends 2013 Christmas Tour.” The donation was raised via silent auction onboard the sold-out Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2013 cruise to the Mediterranean. The funds will provide for three Starlight Tablets and toys and items valued at $500 as requested by each hospital through their Starlight Wish List on Starlight.org.

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 from hospital to home. In addition to donating his musical talents to Starlight’s fundraising events, Dave engages fans on the Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruise and during concerts to support Starlight programs. He also donates 100 percent of his profits from the sale of KOZ Wines (available at California Pizza Kitchen and Whole Foods), no less than 10 percent of the purchase price per bottle, to Starlight.

“I’m blessed to have the most amazing fans who stand alongside me in support of children in need,” said Dave. “I’m honored to translate my fans’ generosity into items that will make the hospital experience better for so many kids across the country.”

Starlight Wish Lists are the newest innovation in service of Starlight’s mission. For the first time, hospitals can publish their Wish List on Starlight.org, requesting items that transform the hospital experience for children. Donors can then point, click and ship those items directly to their facility of choice, leveraging the power of Amazon’s fulfillment network.

Starlight Tablets are a critical resource for healthcare professionals to support the ongoing needs of kids while in the hospital. Starlight Tablets come loaded with Starlight’s educational programming and a direct link to Starbright World, the first-ever online social network for chronically ill teens, and a list of recommended applications.

“Dave and his fans, and the entire Koz family are incredible supporters of Starlight’s mission,” said Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, Starlight Global CEO. “We are so honored and excited to have funds generated from the Dave Koz cruise support hospitalized kids across the United States through Starlight Tables and Starlight Wish Lists. This generous gift will help so many hospitalized kids both through the holiday season and throughout the year.” To join Dave and further his fans’ impact on hospitalized kids, visit starlight.org/davekoz to purchase items for the 20 hospitals along Dave’s Christmas tour route.