Spirit Halloween raises $113,305 for UC Davis in 2021, topping previous year’s total

Two women in black Spirit Halloween shirts

Spirit Halloween raises $113,305 for UC Davis in 2021, topping previous year’s total

Money to support services for patients and families of UC Davis Children’s Hospital

(SACRAMENTO)

Spirit Halloween did it again, generating another record-breaking donation for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The 2021 in-store fundraiser raised $113,305 for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports the emotional needs of patients and families. It’s  a focus shared by Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children program.

“The mission of Spirit Halloween and child life align. We work together to make the hospital less scary,” said Diana Sundberg, UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy manager. “We cannot thank the Spirit team enough for their hard work and partnership with the community to raise the funds year after year. We could not have made this progress - especially with our fellowship program - without them.”

Annual donations from Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children foundation fund the child life fellowship program, which provides additional training and supervision to aspiring certified child life specialists. The UC Davis Child Life Fellowship program has provided 20 six-month child life fellowships over the past 11 years.

Shanda Pishione-Pierce
We are so proud Spirit Halloween customers, fans and staff members in Northern California have been able to touch lives of so many children, parents, siblings and staff at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.”Shanda Pishione-Pierce

“With the support of the local Spirit Halloween under Shanda, we’ve been able to grow the fellowship program and expand the reach of child life within the institution,” Sundberg said. “The funding encouraged child life service growth in the Children’s Surgery Center, Radiology and the Pediatric Infusion Center, resulting in more children and families receiving support and guidance from child life specialists.” 

The specialty retail store has donated more than $700,000 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the past decade, with every cent going toward the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

“When Diana shared the total number of fellows that have been able to go through the program due to Spirit Halloween, we were astounded,” said Spirit Halloween store operator Shanda Pishione-Pierce. “We are so proud Spirit Halloween customers, fans and staff members in Northern California have been able to touch the lives of so many children, parents, siblings and staff at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.”

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.