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Panda Express Pledges $10 Million To Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

To commemorate Panda Express' $10 million pledge to CHLA, a large panda statue will be placed in CHLA’s Emergency Department bamboo garden. Celebrating at Tuesday's dedication ceremony were, from left: Laurie James, CHLA Assistant VP, Corporate Partnerships; Panda Express Co-chief Executive Officer Dr. Peggy Cherng and Paul Viviano, CHLA president/CEO.

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 – 1:59 PM

In honor of Panda Express’ $10 million philanthropic commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), the sixth floor of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, which opened in 2011, will be named the Panda Express Floor. In addition, a large panda statue will be permanently placed in CHLA’s Emergency Department bamboo garden.

“Panda Express has been an incredibly motivated, hands-on community partner to CHLA and we are honored by their continued commitment to help us provide world-class medical care to our pediatric patients,” says Paul Viviano, CHLA president/CEO.

In addition to its pledge, Panda Express is providing funding for activity booklets that will be distributed to Emergency Department patients by CHLA’s Child Life Staff.  The booklets  provide an engaging and fun distraction for young patients who may be afraid of being in a hospital setting. 

Since 2003, Panda Restaurant Group has raised nearly $6.5 million for CHLA through multiple means including Panda’s in-store donation boxes in its restaurants where customers can donate their change, workplace giving with its employees, the annual Panda Cares Charity Golf Invitational and CHLA’s biennial gala.

Andrew and Peggy Cherng are the co-chairs and co-chief executive officers of Panda Restaurant Group, one of the most recognizable American Chinese restaurant companies in the world. The Rosemead,- based firm, which owns Panda Express, operates close to 2,000 restaurants and employs nearly 30,000 people. Family owned, the company reached $2.8 billion in revenue in 2016. In 2014, Panda Restaurant Group was honored with the Neighbor Award by the National Restaurant Association for its charitable contributions to the community.

Panda Restaurant Group founder Andrew Cherng has been recognized by Forbes magazine, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Asia Society Southern California. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Under his leadership, Panda Restaurant Group was named one of America’s best employers by Forbes and ranked the number one Asian quick-service concept for seven consecutive years by QSR.

Peggy Cherng joined the organization in 1982. Leveraging her engineering background, she developed the operating systems that support Panda’s growth and help associates deliver consistent dining experiences to guests. Her holistic vision for people development led to the creation of the University of Panda, a core component of the company’s people-development strategy.

Peggy was instrumental in developing the  Panda Cares Foundation, a philanthropic effort founded in 1999 that has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations, schools and children’s hospitals. Peggy  Cherng serves on the CHLA board of trustees, and the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch and Caltech. Before joining Panda Restaurant Group, Peggy Cherng was a leading member of the software development team for organizations such as McDonnell Douglas and Comtal-3M.

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