The gift will support inpatient services at the hospital, which has been ranked the top children's hospital in California. The restaurant group also will provide funding for activity booklets to be distributed to emergency department patients by the hospital's Child Life staff. In recognition of the gift, the hospital will name the sixth floor of its Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion after the company and has placed a large panda statue in the bamboo garden adjacent to the emergency department.
Since 2003, Panda Restaurant Group has raised nearly $6.5 million for CHLA, including funds raised through in-store donation boxes in Panda Express restaurants, workplace giving from its employees, the annual Panda Cares Charity Golf Invitational, and CHLA's biennial gala.
The group's founders, co-chairs, and co-CEOs, Andrew and Peggy Cherng, are longtime supporters of the hospital. Andrew Cherng has been recognized for his business leadership by Forbes magazine, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Asia Society Southern California. Peggy Cherng, an engineer by training, serves on the CHLA board of trustees and the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch and Caltech. Prior to joining the Panda Restaurant Group, she was a leading member of software development teams at McDonnell Douglas and Comtal-3M.
"Panda Express has been an incredibly motivated, hands-on community partner to CHLA," said CHLA president and CEO Paul Viviano, "and we are honored by their continued commitment to help us provide world-class medical care to our pediatric patients."