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Miami Children’s Health Foundation Releases 2016 Calendar Photographed By Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina

The 2016 calendar features patients and staff of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the cause

MIAMI, FL, Dec. 30, 2015 – Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation), the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Health System, has released a 2016 calendar featuring patients and staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital that highlights various areas and departments. The calendar was photographed by Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina (@RauldeMolina), a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ top rated entertainment news show, El Gordo y La Flaca, with Lili Estefan.

“When the Foundation approached me with the opportunity to photograph these children, I was thrilled,” said Raúl De Molina, co-host of El Gordo y La Flaca. “I got to dust off my camera and take some amazing shots for a great cause. I couldn’t be more proud of the end result, and more importantly, the organization benefitting from the calendar.”

Raúl De Molina officially became a Celebrity Ambassador for Miami Children’s Health Foundation in 2014 to support Together for the Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, a $150 million endeavor led by the foundation to benefit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

“It was an honor to have Raúl de Molina photograph our incredible patients and dedicated staff, and we are excited to release this calendar that will benefit the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO, Miami Children’s Health Foundation.

Raul also covers all major events for Univision, including the World Cup, New Year’s Eve in Times Square and the Latin Grammys. Raúl graduated from the Art Institute of Fort-Lauderdale before beginning his career as a photographer. His work has appeared in many publications including TIME, Newsweek, Life, and Paris Match. In the 90’s, he appeared on the Joan Rivers Show several times to discuss his photographs, and he was so charismatic and engaging that Telemundo offered him his own show. Since then, he has been a hugely influential TV personality in the Spanish-speaking market and was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by People en Español.

The calendar is available for an $8 donation by accessing: www.mchf.org/2016calendar

About Miami Children’s Health Foundation

Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, now a part of the Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and help fund priorities such as the expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, enhancements to its three centers of excellence, and expanding global/telehealth endeavors. Other campaign priorities include research, pediatric outreach and special programs.

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System – is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-16, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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