International Kids Fund (IKF) Selected as Official Charity of First Ever ‘Premios...

International Kids Fund (IKF) Selected as Official Charity of First Ever ‘Premios Fox Sports’ Awards Show

TV Gala Honoring U.S. Hispanic & Latin American Athletes Shines Spotlight on Gravely Ill Children from Latin America & Caribbean


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MIAMI—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Dec. 11, 2003–Though barely two years old, Jackson Memorial Foundation’s International Kids Fund (IKF) at Holtz Children’s Hospital has captured the attention of one of the world’s largest Spanish-language sports television companies. Fox Pan American Sports LLC has selected IKF as the official charity for its newly created annual sports award show, “Premios Fox Sports,” to be held in Miami on Dec. 17.

Fox Sports en Español will televise the awards ceremony across the United States on Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. EST, while Fox Sports Latin America will air the proceedings throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

The inaugural “Premios Fox Sports” event will honor top U.S. Hispanic and Latin American athletes spanning a wide spectrum of sports, including soccer, baseball, golf, tennis and motor sports. A portion of the proceeds will benefit IKF and help provide life-saving medical care for critically ill children from Latin America and the Caribbean.

“This exclusive televised event is expected to reach 17 million households, giving IKF national and international visibility,” says Rolando D. Rodriguez, Jackson Memorial Foundation president and CEO. “This is a boost that can help us more quickly reach our fundraising goals in support of our mission to become a major international charity helping critically ill children from all over the world.”

The fundraising goal for IKF this year is US $5 million. The money flows directly to medical care for critically ill children. Every dollar raised helps save a young life.

The nonprofit IKF works in partnership with Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the top-rated pediatric hospitals in the nation.

Being located in Miami, “the gateway to the Americas,” positions IKF as the logical place for families from Central and South America to come seeking help when they are desperate and have no place else to go. To date, more than 100 children from Latin America and the Caribbean have received critical surgery, life-saving treatments and essential medical care. In all cases, the procedures or care needed is not available in the child’s country of origin.

“We are proud to be associated with the magnificent work of the International Kids Fund,” says David Sternberg, senior vice president and general manager of Fox Sports en Español. “The inaugural ‘Premios Fox Sports’ is the perfect platform to raise public awareness and support for IKF’s activities throughout the Americas.”

Many multinational corporate supporters will host tables during the awards ceremony, including Juan N. Cento, president of FedEx, Latin America and the Caribbean and chairman of the IKF Board of Directors.

In addition to its corporate sponsors, IKF has attracted a star-studded roster of international supporters, including Mario Kreutzberger (a.k.a. Don Francisco), Ana Maria Canseco, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan, Fernando Fiore, Lucia Mendez, Barbara Palacios and Alex Rodriguez. Ms. Mendez and Ms. Palacios are both slated to present an award during the ceremony, while Mr. Fiore will attend as IKF’s guest.

People interested in obtaining more information about IKF, or in requesting a table for the gala event, should call Maria Luisa Chea, associate director, International Kids Fund, Jackson Memorial Foundation, at +1 305 585-1134 or send her an e-mail at mchea@med.miami.edu.

ABOUT FOX SPORTS: Fox Pan American Sports LLC is an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst; Fox Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX) and News Corporation’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International; and Liberty Media Corporation.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FUND: The International Kids Fund (IKF) at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center seeks to provide medical care to needy children from Latin America and the Caribbean who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. The Fund will ensure those children receive the best care possible at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier medical teaching hospitals.

For more information or to make a contribution, contact the International Kids Fund: P.O. Box 012297, Miami, FL 33101; +1 305-585-5888; or http://www.jmfkidsfund.org.

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International Kids Fund (IKF) Selected as Official Charity of First Ever ‘Premios Fox Sports’ Awards Show