Fiesta de los Ninos is set to take place Feb. 6, 2015 at 6 P.M. This will be the 23rd year for the Driscoll Children's Hospital to hold the event.
Fiesta de los Niños, which began as a small, grassroots effort 23 years ago, has evolved into a high-profile event that many South Texans return to every year. On Feb. 6, Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s 23rd annual Fiesta de los Niños will bring its signature combination of fun, food and music to the American Bank Center. The event’s mission remains the same since its origin – to help Driscoll offer more and enhanced services to children in the community.
“Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor, Flint Hills Resources, and the many other community partners, Driscoll Children’s Hospital is able to continue to enhance and broaden its services for the children of South Texas,” Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Vice President of Development Martha Avery said.
Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll’s largest annual fundraiser with 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefitting the hospital. Through the community’s annual support of Fiesta, Driscoll has been able to develop and enhance its services and programs in order to better serve the children of South Texas. In 2014, with more than 1,500 people in attendance, Fiesta raised $700,000, which helped purchase the latest, state-of-the-art 3D technology for Driscoll’s Catheterization Laboratory to perform the most delicate procedures on infants and children.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward several key specialty areas throughout the hospital, including upgrades to the surgical suites, additional ambient lighting for a new MRI suite and a new pediatric transport ambulance.
Guests at Fiesta de los Niños will enjoy silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music group Restless Heart, which has had six No. 1 singles on the Billboard country charts. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, silent and bid-board auctions..
It’s rare that a country music group is able to place 26 singles on the Billboard country charts, including six No. 1 hits, and it’s even rarer that the entire band is still together after 31 years. That’s the story of Restless Heart.
Larry Stewart (lead vocals), Greg Jennings (lead guitar), Paul Gregg (bass guitar), Dave Innis (piano, keyboard, rhythm guitar) and John Dittrich (drums) were signed to RCA Nashville in 1984 and 31 years later will perform at Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Fiesta de los Niños on Feb. 6 at the American Bank Center.
They’ll be bringing plenty of hits with them. Restless Heart has released seven studio albums and two greatest hits albums. Four of those albums have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The albums produced six No. 1 hits: “That Rock Won’t Roll”, “I’ll Still Be Loving You”, “Why Does it Have to Be (Wrong or Right)”, “The Bluest Eyes in Texas”, “A Tender Lie” and “Fast Movin’ Train.”
“I think it’s been an amazing legacy,” Innis said. “It’s been such an honor to have been part of a group that is still together doing it after more than 30 years with the same five original guys, and it’s more fun than ever. We can’t wait to get to Corpus Christi and play for everyone that supports Driscoll Children’s Hospital.”