Sarah Margaret Stokes: Las Madrinas Débutante

Sarah Margaret Stokes of Santa Clarita will be among the Las Madrinas Débutantes in December. Photo courtesy of Nick Boswell Photography

In the midst of springtime celebrations and graduations, Las Madrinas announced the 28 families and their daughters who will be honored for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball on Friday, Dec. 21.

The Las Madrinas Débutantes include Sarah Margaret Stokes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Roy Stokes of Santa Clarita.

On May 2, the débutantes and their families gathered at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for an informational meeting and tour. Paul Viviano, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, spoke to the families about the impact that giving to Children’s Hospital has both for research and patient care.

Dr. Robert Shaddy, pediatrician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then spoke about the 10 previous programs Las Madrinas has funded over the years and what these programs are still doing for the hospital today. Dr. Shaddy introduced a video of highlights from the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, narrated by Dr. Mark Krieger.

After the presentations, the débutantes and their families had the opportunity to tour the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, watch a live EEG demonstration and learn about some of the latest dietary therapies, particularly the ketogenic diet, in the treatment of epilepsy.

The débutantes, their mothers and their grandmothers were guests of honor at a tea given by Las Madrinas at the home of Mrs. Stephen Fitzmaurice Bennett (Chantal) on June 13.

The President of Las Madrinas, Mrs. Douglas Andrew Thompson (Kathy), formally welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the Southern California community.

Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first affiliate group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been supporting pediatric medicine for 85 years. Since 1939, Las Madrinas has honored families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural, and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball.

Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled Las Madrinas to complete 10 major endowments and capital projects at the hospital since 1988.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.

The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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