Rockin’ in support of Banner
Since its inception in 2010, Stars of the Season has had the faithful support of Chester Bennington, Valley native and frontman of the rock group Linkin Park as well as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.
Bennington’s wife, Talinda, who served as a volunteer at Cardon Children’s Medical Center before the couple relocated to California last year, first brought the singer to Banner’s fundraising stage as a way of giving back to the East Valley community they called home.
“We know how quickly something can happen to a family and we wanted to give back to those who are here [at Cardon Children’s] and need something to look forward to during a hospital visit,” says Talinda.
Donning hospital scrubs and leading her therapy dog, Bruiser, through the halls of Cardon Children’s, Talinda saw firsthand how the generosity of others truly makes a difference in the lives of hospitalized children and their families.
“When I first came to the hospital I fell in love with it,” she says. “I fell in love with the people, and then I saw a dog walking down the hallway. They explained the dog therapy program to me and I knew I wanted to do it!”
When word got out that a signature fundraising event for the hospital was being created, Talinda immediately signed on as chair of the entertainment committee.
“I love seeing how fulfilled and happy it makes her,” says Chester of Talinda’s volunteer activities. “When she asked if I would come meet some of the kids, of course I said, ‘yes.’ I think it was more moving for me than the kids. I mean, it’s hard to imagine someone getting excited to hang out with me,” he laughs.
From volunteering at the hospital and taking the time to meet with patients and families, to enlisting the support of fellow musicians willing to perform, securing once-in-a-lifetime auction items and being major sponsors of Stars of the Season, the Benningtons have rallied behind Cardon Children’s.
For this year's 5th annual Stars of the Season, Chester is serving as co-chair alongside his friend, David Curran, MD, while the Benningtons together are serving as honorary chairs.