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Making Kids In Hospitals Happy:
12th Annual Holiday Magic CD
November 21, 2014

(VOXtra) - It's no fun being a kid in a hospital during the holidays. But thousands of them and their families in children's hospitals worldwide will be smiling, singing and laughing next month when storytelling and musical friends coming visiting in a CD and in person.

Now in its 12th year, the Holiday Magic CD Project produces a new CD of holiday stories and songs that is distributed free to the hospitals, featuring an original holiday tale with interwoven songs and stories performed by talents in the voice over and music communities.

Spearheaded by San Diego voice talent/producer Jeffrey Gelder, the Project's work is contributed and done by volunteers (see them below). Edge Studio, headquartered in New York City, recently mastered the new CD, and 10,000 copies are now being duplicated for the massive distribution.

Last year, over 7,000 CDs were delivered in person or shipped to hospitals in U.S. cities, London and Singapore.


Of course, costs are involved in this ever-growing project for production and shipping. A fundraiser dinner with entertainment will be held in San Diego on December 14 (details below), and donations are welcome.
To donate, please visit Checks are also accepted, payable to Children's Holiday Magic Project, and mailed to PO Box 3386, San Diego, CA 92163.

And Amazon donates some proceeds to the Project from sales at AmazonSmile when the the Children's Holiday Magic Project is chosen as the shopper's designated charity.


The December 14 fundraiser features a 3-course dinner and entertainment by world-class performers at the Martini's Above Fourth restaurant in San Diego.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30, and entertainment is scheduled to run until 9 p.m. Reserved seating is available at the VIP level of $85 and General Admission at $65. Tickets are available online at

Attendees will enjoy a showcase of entertainers who have plied their talents throughout the world, including Ashley Fox Linton, Jennifer Knight, Lele Rose, Jordan Lamoureux and Jeff Davis, with emcee Jeff Gelder.


"This year we proudly have three live, in-person deliveries scheduled, where we'll sing with the kids and hand out CDs," Gelder notes.

The in-person deliveries will be to:
  • Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, on Dec. 11
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, on Dec. 15; delivery headed by Pearl Hewitt
  • L.A. Children's Hospital on Dec. 17; delivery headed by Ashley Fox Linton.
"My hope is to have more of these deliveries each year. They truly bring the smiles to the kids' faces," Gelder adds.


Gelder praises the Project's volunteers - including voice over and musical talents, the listening selection committee, board members and other supporters - as "amazing."

"They want to contribute to a good thing, and I am so grateful for each of them," he says.

The 2014 volunteers are:

Diana Weynand, Beth WernickThe Dehnart Family, Catie MarronPenny DennyPearl Hewitt, Tim Keenan, Kat FitzpatrickTina Wilson, Rick ShermanGlenn HascallJennifer KnightAshley Fox Linton, Will CollyerAdam HaninKaren Benjamin, Alan ChapmanLele RoseJennifer Dixon, James AlburgerBill Russell, Steve HopkinsScott GraceKarl AnthonyJeff Davis, Mark Patterson, Phillip TanziloGreg DehmHeather MartinezPenny AbshireTeri WilderMarc GraueDavid Lan, David Goldberg, Mary Kay Mason, Beau Butterfield, Christine Harmon, Bill Kiesel, Rob Radz, Chuck Rock, Carol Rock, Christian Wasinger, Bret Gerber, Marcus Gilliland, and Jordan Lamoureux.

For more about the Children's Holiday Magic Project, please visit

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Comments (1)
Janice Sherlock
11/21/2014 at 7:13 PM
John, Thank you for sharing your nice article about The Children's Holiday Magic project. It will help to get the word out about what Jeff Gelder has created to share with the world and the benefits it can give to children worldwide. We are in awe of the way this is growing and with the many generous supporters for the cause, like you.
Best, Janice Sherlock
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