COMMERCE, Calif. — The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, the grocer’s philanthropic arm, this week hosted a summer-inspired ice cream social for the pediatric patients and families of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
During the event, CHLA patients, families and medical staff were treated to Nestlé and First Street brand ice cream, as well as farm-fresh produce and family-friendly activities. NBA All-Star Caron Butler was also onsite to visit with patients, help pass out ice cream treats, take pictures and sign autographs. The day also included a ceremonial check presentation made to Children's Hospital Los Angeles from the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5,000.
“Summer is synonymous with picnics, pool parties and vacations, but for far too many children who spend their summer days in a hospital receiving treatment for illnesses, we wanted to bring a taste of summer directly to them,” said Marisol Marks, Smart & Final VP of communications, community relations and the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation. “Through the combined efforts of the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and many of Smart & Final's loyal vendor partners, we were able to make this seasonal celebration possible for these children.”
Made possible through vendor, employee and executive contributions, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation also fundraises through the First Street, First Percent program.
Smart & Final contributes the first percent of net profit from sales of any First Street private label brand products to the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation so it can continue its mission. The company is the single largest contributor of donations to the foundation.