Jessica Biel and Make The Difference Network Bring Holiday Cheer to Childrens Hospital...

Thu Dec 4, 2008 2:16pm EST

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Jessica Biel and Make The Difference Network Bring Holiday Cheer to Childrens
Hospital Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Jessica Biel and family today unveiled
the details of a successful holiday party held Dec. 2 at the Childrens
Hospital Los Angeles. The party, made possible by Biel's Make The Difference
Network, included numerous recording artists and gifts from leading retailers
in an effort to bring holiday spirit to children at the hospital.
    "The kids really enjoyed numerous activities as well as seeing some of the
great artists we had at the hospital," said Biel. "We're excited that this
also highlighted the potential of our Make The Difference Network. As a social
cause network, it connects nonprofits with potential donors, and takes
advantage of celebrity influence to raise awareness for organizations seeking
funding as well as other needs."
    The Biels welcomed the children and their families with a performance by
multi-platinum recording artist Alex Band of The Calling and a dance
performance by "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Twitch. The Biels spent
the day decorating Cake & Art cupcakes with the kids and designing custom
shoes with the team from TOMS Shoes. Cafe Primo served up gelato, while the
children crafted their own holiday cards and Santa stopped by to present gifts
for all. The kids also enjoyed face painting, lighting the Menorah, playing
dreidel and taking home flower and ornament arrangements from Francy Flowers.
    "Companies like Costco Wholesale, which has raised millions for the
hospital, and Hasbro, which provided toys for the kids, also made a huge
difference in the success of the party," Biel said.
    In addition, recording artist Tyler Hilton and his foundation, T.H. Books,
donated new books for the CHLA library and Chaser LA gifted each child with a
limited edition wild life t-shirt.
    Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most
seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and
it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its
leadership in pediatric and adolescent health.
Jessica Biel and her family started the Make The Difference Network
(MTDN), a social cause network that connects nonprofit organizations with
potential donors and increases awareness for nonprofit organizations.  The
Mission of MTDN is to democratize giving by increasing the visibility of
thousands of nonprofit organizations and empowering potential donors to
search, select and fund these organizations' specific "Wishes" and then see
the results of their giving.  Visit or email for more information.
SOURCE  Make The Difference Network

Amy Balsam of In 2 It Media, +1-323-512-7770, for Make The
Difference Network; or Douglas Martine of Make The Difference Network,
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