Teen actress Selena Gomez joined Ryan Seacrest at the launch of THE VOICE, an interactive closed-circuit broadcast multimedia center, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She made a special appearance to help Seacrest as he hosted the first broadcast of interviews from THE VOICE’s new home in the Main Hospital’s Colket Atrium.
Seacrest was happy to thank Gomez on twitter for her special appearance at CHOP, “The smiles that @SelenaGomez brought to kids’ faces at @RyanFoundation… unforgettable. #thankyouselly.”
THE VOICE is a project designed and created by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multi-media and interactive platforms to enlighten, that will benefit pediatric patients, families and include community involvement through internships. Other supporters of the project include NBCUniversal and Comcast Foundation.
“Throughout my 20-year career in the entertainment business, I’ve toured many hospitals and have consistently been amazed by the courage of children and their families in light of the hardships they face,” said Ryan Seacrest about the launch.
Seacrest continued by talking about the choice of locations for THE VOICE, “Recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, I am thrilled to bring our program to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Not only is The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia leading pediatric clinical and research innovation, it is a national leader in developing techniques to support the patient’s emotional well-being. THE VOICE will be a new addition to their existing Child-Life programs and will provide a lively form of interactive entertainment.”
The first broadcast of THE VOICE included interviews with Selena Gomez, NFL Kicker David Ackers, cardiac patient Julia Parmisciano and Stephanie Fuller, M.D., a Cardiac Center surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
THE VOICE will give pediatric patients a chance to engage in activities related to radio, TV and new media, ranging from broadcasting like a disc jockey and playing their favorite songs to watching live artists perform and interviewing celebrities. It will also allow students in from local journalism schools, colleges and universities to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multi-media center.