Meet the Currans
Dr. David and Tina Curran, visionaries behind the annual Stars of the Season fundraising soirée to benefit Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, have a passion for helping ill and injured children that is matched only by an unwavering sense of purpose.
Dave, a private practice physician, managing partner at Tempe-based East Valley Children’s Center and immediate past chairman of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children’s, knows firsthand how specialized patient care programs and services can set a hospital apart and truly make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
When Cardon Children’s opened its doors in late 2009, the Currans, parents of three boys, organized one of the hospital’s first toy drives. Little did they know their talent for rallying support and motivating others was setting the stage for an even bigger philanthropic endeavor.
On the heels of the toy drive, Banner Health Foundation leaders worked with the Currans to help establish a signature fundraising event for the hospital.
Dave’s insight into the clinical benefits of philanthropy coupled with Tina’s background in public relations and organizational change management proved to be the perfect blend of talents. They strategically developed a committee of volunteers whose abilities and resources aligned with the event goals and objectives. They also enlisted the support of top-tier musicians and celebrities like Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington and his wife, Talinda.
With Dave and Tina at the helm, the Advisory Council of Cardon Children’s Medical Center unveiled the inaugural Stars of the Season in 2010, as a sold-out event.
Endorsed by physicians, musicians, athletes and others willing to invest in pediatric health care, Stars of the Season has garnered a reputation as an edgy and fun star-studded affair. Similarly, the Advisory Council has become recognized as a philanthropic force to be reckoned with.
Since its inception, Stars of the Season has raised more than $1.5 million to support such hospital programs as integrative pain management, rehabilitation, cardiothoracic surgery, neonatal intensive care and integrative cancer care.
The 6th annual Stars of the Season, held Oct. 24, 2015, supported each of these clinical service areas and more by raising funds to help establish Sophie’s Place, creating a permanent home for music therapy within Cardon Children’s Medical Center.