DALLAS, Nov. 2 The multitalented Selena Gomez, recording artist and star of Disney's hit show Wizards of Waverly Place, will visit her hometown to make a guest appearance in the 21st annual Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Parade. The Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 5, takes place in downtown Dallas.
"It's always great to come home and visit family and friends, but coming home to be a part of the Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Parade makes my visit extra special," Gomez said.
Selena, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas, has had a whirlwind year between her Disney show, Disney Channel original movie and her debut album, Kiss & Tell, released in September. Supporting the needs of children is nothing new to Selena. Named the youngest UNICEF Ambassador, the teen star has a passion for helping kids around the world, now including those in her own backyard.
"We are thrilled to have Selena join us for the Parade and to become a member of our Children's Medical Center fundraising family by virtue of this exciting appearance," said Pete Kline, president of the Children's Medical Center Foundation. "Selena is very special to all of us in Dallas, and her generosity and caring spirit serve as an inspiration to our young patients."
The Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Parade is an award-winning annual holiday tradition for hundreds of thousands of families. In addition to Selena, friends like Miss America, Strawberry Shortcake and Spider-Man will thrill both the young and the young at heart. More than 10 giant inflatables, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling decorated floats will make their way down Dallas' city streets. Dozens of past patients from Children's Medical Center will ride in the Parade as shining examples of the miracles that take place at the hospital every day.
Ticket sales benefit Children's Medical Center, a not-for-profit pediatric hospital in Dallas. Sidewalk seating along the downtown Dallas Parade route is free. Event organizers expect crowds of more than 350,000 on Parade day, and they encourage those without reserved bleacher seats to arrive early for optimum viewing and curbside seats.
WFAA-TV, the Dallas ABC affiliate, will broadcast the Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Parade live, and more than 350 television stations in 159 markets will air the parade in syndication throughout the holiday season. This year's parade is sponsored by Capital One Bank, one of the newest tenants in downtown Dallas, and the historic Adolphus hotel, one of downtown Dallas' landmark businesses.
For more information about the Capital One Adolphus Children's Parade, including route information and downloadable photos, visit www.childrens.com/parade.
About Children's Medical Center
The Children's Medical Center pediatric healthcare system devotes itself solely to caring for the complex medical needs of children. The hospital is ranked among the nation's top 10 hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, and its nursing services rank in the top 5 percent of the nation's hospitals for nursing excellence. Children's was the state's first pediatric hospital with Level 1 Trauma status and one of only 16 in the United States able to care for severe traumatic injuries in children. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's medical staff conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases. Children's is private, not-for-profit, and is the ninth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Many of the more than 50 specialty programs of the Children's system have received national and international recognition, confirming a stellar reputation for Children's and UT Southwestern Medical Center as one of the finest pediatric healthcare providers in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.
SOURCE Children's Medical Center