"Footloose" hitmaker Kenny Loggins will treat patients at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego — along with viewers from around the globe — with the debut of “The Great Adventure,” a custom theme song that will raise funds for the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel, available in children's hospitals all over the world.
The donor-supported, closed-circuit television adventure channel features educational, animal-oriented programs and quizzes produced primarily for medical facilities that serve pediatric patients and their families.
The San Diego Zoo Kids Channel debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego in 2013 and has since been installed in 355 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 48 U.S. states and in facilities in 13 countries, including Canada.
The veteran pop singer-songwriter will perform “The Great Adventure,” and wildlife videos set to his music will be shown, on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. EST) on the San Diego Zoo Facebook page. “The Great Adventure” will be available to the public on Feb. 5 and can be purchased and downloaded from orcd.co/thegreatadventure.
“I’m thrilled to partner with San Diego Zoo Kids in their efforts to bring laughter and joy to children who need it most, in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world,” said Loggins in a media release. “I hope my music puts a smile on their face in their time of healing, and soothes their parents’ souls.”
The two-time Grammy Award-winning artist has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to recording such hits as “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose" and “Danger Zone,” his Return to Pooh Corner is one of the best-selling children’s albums of the last 20 years.
Loggins was a recent recipient of the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award and the Guild of Music Supervisors’ first-ever Icon Award for his achievements in film, television and soundtracks.
Loggins has supported youth-based programs like Make-A-Wish, Toys for Tots, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Notes for Notes and Little Kids Rock. He was honoured in 2016 with a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Little Kids Rock for his extensive commitment to children’s causes, and his belief that “every child should experience the healing power of music.”
Combine all of the above with Loggins’ history as a committed environmentalist, and donating the proceeds from the sale of “The Great Adventure” to the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel isn’t out of character.
Loggins has also donated three songs from his catalogue — “I’m Alright,” “Danny’s Song” and “Go Fish” — to be used for wildlife videos that are exclusive to the channel.
“Kenny’s contribution of his songs to the San Diego Zoo Kids channel provides an innovative way to allow us to further connect children and their families with wildlife when they are unable to visit our facilities,” San Diego Zoo Global president and chief executive officer Paul A. Baribault said in the release.
“This incredible gift of music from Kenny not only highlights his many talents as an iconic musician, but shows the world his passion for inspiring children to appreciate wildlife and their natural habitats.”
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. The 505-bed facility is the only health system in the area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and trauma.
San Diego Zoo Kids is part of San Diego Zoo Global, an international non-profit conservation organization that works to save plants and animals worldwide, San Diego Zoo Kids seeks to fight extinction by raising awareness, building respect and igniting a passion for wildlife and conservation among young people.