With a full house of hockey fans at the Honda Center looking on, Brent McMahon of McMahon’s RV recently presented a ceremonial oversized check for $100,000 to CHOC Children’s, a regional healthcare system providing superior pediatric care.
Accepting the check on behalf of the CHOC Foundation was Zach Moonitz, manager of special events/cause marketing, who was accompanied by former CHOC Children’s patient Kenny Montes. The presentation took place on the ice at the center just prior to the start of the Anaheim Ducks professional hockey team versus Kings match on Nov. 29, according to a news release.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of McMahon’s RV – providing a great example of corporate citizenship,” said Moonitz. “In addition to their $100,000 pledge, which will help us build our state-of-the-art patient care tower, set to open in 2013, McMahon’s RV is the presenting sponsor of the CHOC Cherishes ‘We Believe in Miracles’ gala in January 2011. Their commitment to the children and families in our community is inspiring!”
Several months ago, McMahon issued a public push-up challenge to resolve a legal dispute with a pop star who had rented an RV from McMahon’s and offered to donate all funds from the push-up challenge to charity. That challenge has led to the formation of Push-Ups For Kids, a charitable organization dedicated to raising money for sick children. Push-Ups For Kids is in the final stages of becoming a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation.
The well being of young children is particularly important to McMahon whose own son was born prematurely and required special care at CHOC Children’s. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare system includes a state-of-the-art 238-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo, and several primary and specialty clinics — plus over 100 additional programs and services. CHOC is the fastest-growing children’s hospital in California.
“I am delighted to present this check to demonstrate our commitment to CHOC Children’s for 2010 and 2011 to help ensure that all kids get the best pediatric care,” said McMahon. McMahon’s RV is a sponsor of the Ducks and is supporting CHOC Children’s with donations from every Ducks penalty kill, as well as donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each RV.
“The Push-Ups For Kids charity is a way we can encourage each other to help sick children while having fun at the same time. We believe that push-ups symbolize the daily struggle that each sick child endures.”
Push-Ups For Kids will sponsor several charitable events over the coming year with a major event scheduled for early 2011 to raise money to benefit organizations that treat sick children.