Our Mission, Values, & History
Delivering happiness to seriously ill kids.
Service: We are motivated by a strong commitment to serving to seriously ill children
Integrity: We do what we say we will do to make a positive change for seriously ill children and their families
Accountability: We are accountable to those we serve and our donors, as well as ourselves
Caring: We are passionate, dedicated, and care deeply about our mission
Teamwork: We are one team with one goal - to deliver happiness to seriously ill kids
Excellence & Innovation: We strive to go beyond expectations, always seeking new and better ways to achieve our mission
The early 1980s witnessed the rise of philanthropic commitment to pediatric care. As a pioneer in this humanitarian endeavor, Starlight is proud to take its place among beloved charities supporting this critical issue.
In 1982, our co-founders filmmaker Peter Samuelson and his cousin actress Emma Samms delivered happiness to our very first Starlight kid by hosting him and his mom on a trip to Disneyland.
In 1990 Starlight builds our first-ever Starlight Space in Los Angeles to create a state-of-the-art and interactive environment were kids and families can relax and enjoy their time together.
In 1992 Starlight launches our Gaming program in partnership with Nintendo of America. Starlight Gaming brings the healing power of play to hospitalized kids by providing easy access to their favorite video games, movies, TV shows, and later, streaming content.
In 2013 Starlight launches our Deliveries program where hospital partners can register to join our network and receive donated arts and crafts, books, toys, games, and products and services that kids love.