Driscoll’s Fiesta de los Niños grosses $840,000

CORPUS CHRISTI – The 28th annual Fiesta de los Niños fundraiser for Driscoll Children’s Hospital grossed $840,000 for the children of South Texas at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Jan. 24. More than 1,500 people attended the event.

Fiesta Chairs Jeremy and Alice Evans (from left) and Eric Hamon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Driscoll Health System, were all smiles at the 28th annual Fiesta de los Niños fundraiser for Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Funds raised will support the Heart Program at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, including the purchase of a new pediatric heart-lung machine, diagnostic fetal imaging equipment and upgrades to electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization equipment.

Driscoll’s Heart Program has been providing quality, compassionate care to heart patients throughout South Texas since 1962. The team of pediatric specialists, under the direction of Medical Director Stephen Langley, MD, is comprised of 13 cardiologists, including two full-time cardiologists in McAllen, and one in Laredo (growing to three full-time this year). With cardiology clinics in Corpus Christi, Victoria, McAllen, Laredo and Rio Grande City, families can see a pediatric cardiologist closer to home.

Led by longtime title sponsor Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital.

Guests at Fiesta de los Niños enjoyed mobile bidding for Silent and Laura’s Bidboard auctions, the Live Auction, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist Josh Abbott Band.

“We extend a special thank you to our title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, as well as the many generous supporters and community volunteers who have assisted Driscoll Children’s Hospital in enhancing our services and programs for the children of South Texas,” said Martha Avery, Vice President, Development, Driscoll Children’s Hospital. “Also, many thanks to the hard-working committee, numerous volunteers and generous supporters who contributed to the mission of Driscoll Children’s Hospital,” she said.