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Sixth floor of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles named Panda Express Floor

The sixth floor of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been named the Panda Express Floor in honor of a $10 million philanthropic commitment from the Panda Express Restaurant Group.

In addition to their pledge, Panda Express is providing funding for activity booklets that will be distributed to CHLA’s Emergency Department patients by the hospital’s Child Life staff. These booklets are meant to provide an engaging and fun distraction for young patients who may be fearful of being in a hospital setting.

A large panda statue has also been permanently placed in CHLA’s Emergency Department bamboo garden for the enjoyment of CHLA patients and their families.

Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-chair and co-chief executive officer of Panda Restaurant Group, is deeply committed to giving back to the communities in which Panda restaurants operate through the Panda Cares Foundation, a philanthropic effort founded in 1999 that has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations, schools and children’s hospitals.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony of the Panda Express Floor, Cherng stated, “Our Panda Cares mission is inspiring better lives, health and education for underserved children. This is a moving experience for me because we are able to give back. We really want to make a mark—contributing and giving back to the people who cannot help themselves—particularly underserved children. I am really blessed to be able to share our gratitude. We are inspired by the spirit of giving.”

Since 2003, Panda Restaurant Group has raised nearly $6.5 million for CHLA through multiple means including Panda’s in-store donation boxes in its restaurants where customers can donate their change, workplace giving with its employees, the annual Panda Cares Charity Golf Invitational and CHLA’s biennial gala.