The stars were out to support The American Lung Association CHAMPIONS UNITE event last night as the livestream broadcast garnered more than $350,000 to support the organization’s mission to save lives by preventing lung disease and promoting lung health. Honored for their achievements in support of lung health were Andrew Littlefair of Clean Energy, Mickey Anderson of CVS Health and The San Diego Padres and Petco Park - accepted by Mark Guglielmo. A full rebroadcast of the event is now available at Lung.org/champions-unite.
Celebrities appearing included hosts, former major leaguer and current Padres broadcaster, Tony Gwynn, Jr., and actor / Lung Association Mission Ambassador, Shantel VanSanten; fellow actors Eddie Cibrian, Oscar-winner Laura Dern, Rachel Matthews and Jillian Michaels; from the sports world, Super Bowl-winning head coach, Bruce Arians; Detroit Lions coach Anthony Lynn; Anaheim Ducks forward, Max Jones and tennis great, James Blake; from the world of music, LeAnn Rimes, LL Cool J and others.
“The Lung Association appreciates our honorees, SoCal’s amazing professional baseball players, the celebrities who took time to appear, our generous sponsors and all those who tuned in and stepped up to the plate for lung health,” said Allison Hickey, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association. “Champions Unite was a labor of love for everyone involved and stands as a great example of what can happen when diverse audiences come together around the simple truth that ‘when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.’”
Among the dozens of event sponsors were: The San Diego Foundation; San Diego Gas & Electric; Accenture; Bristol Myers Squibb; Capgemini; Clean Energy, CVS Health; Ernst & Young (EY); Nellie Thatcher Perkins Foundation; Osceola Consulting LLC; San Diego Padres Foundation; SAP; Southern California Edison and many more.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.