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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962 and for 58 years the hospitals staff and researches have dedicated their time and energy to leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital tries to operate on a charitable basis and so expenses tend to pile up without any money to pay them off with. That's why it's important that donations are given to them.

That's why actor, comedian and producer Sofia Vergara drew a record crowd to the Los Angeles Convention Center during opening night of the LA Art Show on February 5. Vergara hosted a private reception for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to raise awareness and support for its lifesaving mission. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

The night was a resounding success with many memorable moments. One such moment was when Tony Thomas and Jason Thomas Gordon, son and grandson of hospital founder Danny Thomas, greeted attendees to share Danny’s legacy and celebrate progress in the fight to end childhood cancer. Vergara also reunited with an old friend, A St. Jude patient named Cole, on the red carpet. They first met in 2018 when Cole was receiving continuing care at St. Jude after he had a cancerous brain tumor removed at a local children’s hospital. Since then, Cole has finished his treatment plan.

The night was capped off with professional artist Robert Vargas painting live portraits, including one of Cole, for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Vargas recently toured St. Jude in Memphis Tennessee where he painted portraits to bring joy to patient families.