This is a story about one woman's passion. Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, created The Festival of Children Foundation some 10 years ago. On Sept. 1 in Costa Mesa, the festival celebrated a milestone anniversary.
Segerstrom Daniels cares about the raising of children. Not just children of privilege, but all children. She often speaks publicly about the importance of providing proper nourishment, health care, educational enrichment programs — especially music, art and cultural opportunities that have been scaled back in public schools because of budget restraints.
But these topics are just the obvious subjects facing parents today. Challenges go deeper.
Segerstrom Daniels, a managing partner of The South Coast Plaza retail-real estate empire, has the means and the connections to make a difference. A decade ago, realizing that her own backyard faced serious problems affecting the lives of Orange County kids in all sectors, she created The Festival of Children Foundation. It aimed to unite some 70 different charitable organizations with divergent goals all focused on assisting children in the community.