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article imageChildren's Foundation Honors Teri Hatcher and Nintendo of America

By Shaun Conlin     Apr 3, 2009 in Entertainment
Starlight Children's Foundation's annual "A Stellar Night" gala saw Nintendo honored for its long-running corporate sponsorship, including the manufacture of "Fun Centers" featuring Wii consoles, and Teri Hatcher honored for being awesome.
Starlight Children's Foundation presented Nintendo of America and its President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, Starlight's Jacki Carlish Humanitarian of the Year Award for his and his company’s "unwavering and longstanding support of Starlight."
Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides enduring support to sick kids, their parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of hospital-based, outpatient, and online offerings. Internationally, Starlight programs are delivered through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. The Children's Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities for 25 years.
One of Nintendo's ongoing contributions includes the manufacture and continued evolution of portable "Fun Centers," bedside entertainment units on wheels equipped with TVs and Nintendo Wii game systems (if not Nintendo GameCube consoles).
"Rarely has a partnership so completely entered the bloodstream of a corporation as has happened with Nintendo of America and the Starlight Fun Center," said Global Ambassador Jamie Lee Curtis, Starlight's Fairy Godmother who presented the award.
Curtis further praised Nintendo for embodying "the essence of corporate humanitarianism" for creating and maintaining Fun Centers with little fanfare outside of Starlight circles. "This was not just an idea to dress up a product launch," said Curtis. "This was born out of 'what can we do to brighten the lives of children eking out their childhood in lonely hospital rooms? This was, 'we have the tools, the know-how and the heart to make a real difference in the lives of these children.'"
Also at the annual gala event, held last week the Beverly Hilton, Starlight's 2009 "Heart of Gold Award" was bestowed upon Teri Hatcher for her continuing dedication to Starlight's mission. "While our lives might be different, I am really no different from these women and mothers," said Hatcher accepting the award. "We dream the same dreams, we want the same hopeful future for our children. And, as long as my own life and good health continue, I will work to do everything I can to help them realize their dreams."
Hosted by jazz great Dave Koz and chaired by Starlight supporters, "A Stellar Night" also showcased inspirational stories from Starlight families and paid tribute to other humanitarians.
Starlight and Jamie Lee Curtis made a special announcement at the event, naming actor/singer Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) the organization’s new national spokesperson.
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