The mission of Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary (RCHA) is: "to work in partnership with Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and to support its mission through advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing community awareness of Rady Children's, and fundraising."
The La Playa Unit, one of RCHA's twenty-two volunteer units in San Diego County, dates from the Hospital's founding in 1953. It represents primarily the Point Loma area and sets its goal each year to raise $350,000 or more for support programs at Rady Children's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The La Playa Unit's fund raising efficiency ratio is effectively 100%. Every dollar contributed supports the children, either in the Peckham Cancer Center or at the Celebration. Our entire staff are all volunteers - no salaries, fees or commissions are paid.
The La Playa Unit's primary fund raising event, the Celebration of Champions®, is held each year, generally in May. The event began in 1996 and is now in its eighteenth year. The event's title, Celebration of Champions®, was registered in 1997 as a service mark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
RCHA is a volunteer arm and legally part of "Rady Children's Hospital Foundation San Diego -- doing business as (or DBA) Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary."
Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, and thus its Auxiliary, are qualified as tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation holds a tax-exemption certificate from the Internal Revenue Service. Its Employer Identification Number is 33-0170626.