The Doobie Brothers to perform Oct. 2 at Santaluz Club in Carmel Valley to benefit children’s hospital

For more than 20 years, the Foundation for the Children of the Californias has helped keep kids healthy on both sides of the border. To continue to provide critical support, the foundation is inviting the community to its annual Concert for the Kids featuring the Doobie Brothers Oct. 2 at The Santaluz Club in Carmel Valley.

“You’ll see a good show and help out with a great cause,” said Eileen Clifton, executive director of the Foundation for the Children of the Californias. “You’re going to have a great time.”

The foundation aims to raise funds for an electronic monitoring system for the Hospital Infantil de las Californias, a 48,000-square-foot pediatric complex that offers outpatient services in 22 specialties. With the facility a half-mile into Baja California, the monitoring system will not only track equipment and medicine, but patient medical records.

“We need that to keep up electronically and communicate with doctors on both sides of the border much more readily,” Clifton said. “It’s very important for us to have this equipment.”

In an effort to improve the health and nutrition of children, the Foundation for the Children of the Californias was founded in 1994. In this tri-national collaboration with the United States, Mexico and Canada, pediatric professionals joined forces with academic, business and civic leaders from the three countries to open and operate the pediatric medical center in northwestern Mexico.

“There was a real deficit,” Clifton said. “They felt that something needed to be done.”

Today the medical center serves about 3,500 children per month, with a third of the children from San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, Clifton said.

Approximately 70 percent of the center’s medical personnel and staff donate their services. Volunteers have served 380,000 hours, providing 440,000 consultations and conducting 12,000 surgeries since the foundation was established.

“We’re just out there, everywhere, on both sides of the border making sure that kids don’t fall through the cracks,” Clifton said.

About 1,000 people are expected at the foundation’s Concert for the Kids. In addition to a concert by the four-time Grammy-winning Doobie Brothers, the event will feature a gourmet dinner, “copter drop,” live and silent auction and special opening act.

Tickets range from $195 to $500 and can be purchased online at

“When a gift is made, I know it’s going to be put to incredible, incredible use,” Clifton said. “This is happening an hour from us. We’re neighbors. We can make an impact.”