“Footloose” hitmaker Kenny Loggins to treat patients at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego – as well as viewers around the world – with the launch of “The Great Adventure,” a personalized theme song that will raise funds for the channel San Diego Zoo Children’s Hospital, available at children’s hospitals around the world.
The closed-circuit, donor-funded adventure television channel offers animal-focused educational programs and quizzes produced primarily for medical facilities that serve pediatric patients and their families.
The San Diego Zoo children’s chain debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego in 2013 and has since been installed in 355 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 48 US states and facilities in 13 countries, including the Canada.
The veteran pop singer-songwriter will perform “The Great Adventure” and wildlife videos to his music will air Jan. 28 at 10:00 a.m. (1:00 p.m. EST) on the San Diego Zoo’s Facebook page. âThe Great Adventureâ will be available to the public on February 5 and can be purchased and downloaded at orcd.co/thegreatadventure.
“I am delighted to partner with San Diego Zoo Kids in their efforts to bring laughter and joy to children who need it most, in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world,” said Loggins in a press release. “I hope my music will put a smile on their face as they heal and soothe their parents’ souls.”
The two-time Grammy-winning artist has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to recording hits such as “This Is It”, “I’m Alright”, “Footloose” and “Danger Zone”, his Return to the bear’s corner is one of the best-selling children’s albums of the past 20 years.
Loggins recently received the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award and the first-ever Icon Award from the Guild of Music Supervisors for his film, television and soundtrack accomplishments.
Loggins has supported youth programs like Make-A-Wish, Toys for Tots, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Notes for Notes and Little Kids Rock. He received the 2016 Little Kids Rock Humanitarian of the Year award for his tremendous commitment to children’s causes and his belief that “every child should experience the healing power of music.”
Combine all of the above with Loggins’ history as a committed environmentalist, and donating the proceeds from the sale of “The Great Adventure” to the San Diego Zoo Children’s Channel is not irrelevant.
Loggins also donated three songs from its catalog – “I’m Alright,” “Danny’s Song” and “Go Fish” – to use for the channel’s exclusive wildlife videos.
âKenny’s contribution through his songs to the San Diego Zoo Children’s Channel offers an innovative way to enable us to further connect children and their families with wildlife when they cannot visit our facilities,â Paul A, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. Baribault said in the statement.
“This incredible gift of Kenny’s music not only showcases his many talents as an iconic musician, but shows the world his passion for inspiring children to appreciate wildlife and their natural habitats.”
The Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. The 505-bed facility is the only healthcare system in the region dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and trauma.
San Diego Zoo Kids is part of San Diego Zoo Global, an international non-profit conservation organization that works to save plants and animals around the world, San Diego Zoo Kids seeks to fight extinction by raising awareness, building respect and instilling a passion for wildlife and conservation among young people.