I spent a fun weekend with the Anaheim Ducks this past week, and for those of you who know me, you know we are a hockey family! My husband and son both play hockey, and there is nothing much else is on TV besides hockey during the season.
On Friday the 21st of March, the “Lady Ducks,” wives and significant others of the Anaheim Ducks players, hosted a fabulous Fashion Show to raise funds for CHOC Children’s Hospital, where I have worked for the last 13 years. This year the funds will be allocated specifically to the “Small Baby Unit” of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, designated for babies born under 21 ounces! Babies in the Small Baby Unit receive state of the art care at CHOC and we are lucky to have such an amazing unit so close to home.
The sold out event was held at the beautiful Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, and after a cocktail reception and silent auction, we moved into the ballroom for lunch and fashion show. Models walk down the catwalk sporting the newest fashion trends provided by Bloomingdales South Coast, then we got to see Ducks players, their wives and even some CHOC patients down the runway! The live auction was amazing; Olympic jerseys, autographed items and even the chance to spend time with Duck legend Teemu Selanne on his private boat were among the best sellers. It was a beautiful event, and my son was SO jealous I got to meet and take pictures with all his idols!
On Sunday the 23rd, the Honda Center hosted “CHOC NIght,” where the partnership between the Anaheim Ducks and CHOC Children’s Hospital is celebrated. I was asked to participate as one of the physician representatives for CHOC. Before the game, my family and I got to watch the warmup with the Florida Panthers from the penalty box (my son LOVED it!).
After the first period, I got to go down on the ice with 2 fellow physicians and play a “relay game” shooting pucks against some CHOC patients. It was fun to be on the big ice and I didn’t embarrass my son so I guess that’a all I could ask for (patients won by design) Then we went back up to the suite to watch the game, and the Ducks won 5-2!
It was a great weekend for the family, and I was very impressed with the incredible relationship between the Anaheim Ducks and CHOC. They are true community partners. For more information on CHOC Children’s Hospital and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital and the Anaheim Ducks, go to http://www.choc.org/ and http://ducks.nhl.com/