Mending Kids’ Imagine Gala Triumphs, Elevating Children’s Surgical Care Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2024 / The Skirball Cultural Center was the vibrant setting for Mending Kids’ 19th Annual Imagine Gala, marking a significant milestone in the organization’s ongoing mission to provide life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.

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Imagine Gala 2024: Be a Pearl in Our Ocean of Hope

Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s, recipient of the esteemed LOVE Award, stands at the forefront of pediatric healthcare, with decades of invaluable contributions to Mending Kids and the children it serves. Its unwavering commitment to healing has left an indelible mark on the field of pediatric medicine.

Pediatric colorectal surgeon Dr. Jason Frischer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, honored with the prestigious MEND Award, epitomizes the spirit of service and dedication to elevating healthcare standards. His tireless efforts in advancing pediatric surgical care have positively impacted countless lives, both locally and in Tanzania.

Former patient Heber Carias shared his remarkable journey of triumph over adversity, underscoring the transformative power of compassionate surgical care. From a debilitating injury to the pursuit of a promising future, Heber’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the impact Mending Kids has on the lives of children and their families.

Guests at the Gala were treated to a captivating live auction featuring exclusive experiences and coveted items, such as original art by Gene Simmons, further enhancing the evening’s impact.

As the non-profit organization celebrates nearly two decades, Mending Kids proudly reflects on a history of remarkable achievements, including successful surgical missions across the globe, touching the lives of over 5,300 children in need from 75 countries. Looking ahead, the organization eagerly anticipates upcoming missions to Central America, Asia, Africa, and the United States, reaffirming its commitment to delivering essential surgical care to children in need, everywhere.

Mending Kids extends heartfelt gratitude to its dedicated sponsors, partners, and supporters, including hospitals, medical professionals, and local organizations, whose unwavering generosity fuels the organization’s vital work.

As we embark on the journey towards our 20th Imagine Gala, Mending Kids invites you to join us in our mission to create a brighter future for children worldwide. Together, we are Mending Kids.


Mending Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-changing surgical care to children in need around the world. Through medical missions, advocacy, and partnerships with healthcare providers, Mending Kids strives to ensure that every child receives the essential surgical treatment they deserve. Learn more at

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SOURCE: Mending Kids


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