--A Portion of the Proceeds Will Support Community Programs--
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia unveiled a CHOP specialty license plate followed by an auction of the first license plate during an event today in the Hospital's Colket Atrium. Serving as the auctioneer, CBS TV and WOGL's Bob Kelly sold 0001 to Children's Hospital Board of Trustee member Reid Buerger for $2500.
The CHOP license plate is now available for any Pennsylvania resident, and can be purchased for $45 by going to www.giftofchildhood.org/licenseplate or calling 267-426-6500.
"By purchasing a CHOP license plate, Pennsylvania drivers can celebrate their dedication to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where ever they go, while also supporting vital community programs," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
A portion of the proceeds will help fund several of CHOP's community programs including its Homeless Health Initiative, which provides healthcare services to children in homeless shelters; Reach Out and Read, which gives free books to low-income families; and injury prevention programs at CHOP that advance bicycle, car seat, and child traffic safety.
New father Sean Duffy who spoke at the event is one of many families in the community that has benefited from a CHOP community program. Before his daughter was born, he and his wife participated in the Kohl's Injury Prevention program car seat safety check in Montgomeryville, Pa. where parents are taught how to properly install a car seat and correctly position their child.
"As a new parent, there are so many moments when you want to be assured that you are doing the right thing for your baby," said Duffy. He adds, "The CHOP car seat safety check was an incredible community program for us. Knowing our baby daughter was safely in her car seat was a great, safe feeling, and enabled us to be comfortable for a long drive to visit family this holiday season."
To purchase a license plate, Pennsylvania residents can go to www.giftofchildhood.org/licenseplate to download an application and learn more about how the CHOP license plate helps to support programs in the community.
Media Contact: Rachel Salis-Silverman
SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia