Child Creativity Lab Gala to Recognize the Best Among Corporate Innovators on January 20

Jan. 3, 2018


SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (January 3, 2018) – The Child Creativity Lab, a non-profit organization that fosters the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on, creativity-enhancing exploration, will honor Edwards Lifesciences and Wahoo’s as its first-ever recipients of the Distinguished Corporate Creativity and Innovation Leadership Award at the organization’s gala on January 20, 2018. The event will take place at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim. 

The Child Creativity Lab’s programs are all geared towards equipping tomorrow’s leaders with skills that will allow them to successfully navigate the fast-paced and constantly evolving world. In its quest - in 2017 alone - the organization served more than 20,000 children including 70 percent of those considered at-risk or underserved with hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) workshops and activities. They launched this awards program to generate awareness of the need for more STEAM education and to recognize Orange County leaders that demonstrate innovative and industry-disruptive approaches that result in high performance and impact in the marketplace.

“We felt these honorees were deserving of being recognized because they are creative, nimble, and bold and have implemented successful strategies to ensure their organization’s long-term sustainability,” said Peter Chang, executive director of Child Creativity Lab. “These leaders are taking risks that allow them to succeed in their industries and they see change and uncertainty as opportunities. We value these characteristics as examples of what we should be teaching our children in order for them to grow up to be creative and innovative in their respective fields.”

Edwards Lifesciences, a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring, has been a key contributor to the Orange County community with roots dating back to 1958. Starting out when Miles “Lowell” Edwards began his journey to innovate the first artificial heart valve and then setting up a laboratory in Santa Ana, the company has grown into a global organization, with a presence in over 100 countries and more than 12,000 employees around the world. 


“We are honored to receive this award from an inspirational organization that is stimulating innovation in the minds of Orange County’s youth,” said David K. Erickson, vice president, investor relations, at Edwards Lifesciences and Advisory Board Member of Child Creativity Lab. “It is our hope that this work will inspire a new generation of scientists and big thinkers to help address the future needs of our community.”

An equally integral member of the local scene, Wahoo’s has been a dining staple with its fast-casual taco chain for business executives, families and surfers alike launching in Costa Mesa in 1988. With a unique menu that reflected the owners’ – Wing Lam, Eduardo Lee and Mingo Lee - Chinese heritage and experiences living in Brazil and surfing in Baja, today they operate restaurants throughout California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Japan.


Sponsors of the gala include: Allyance, Kapstone, Hyundai Capital, Abbott Vascular, Vans, Fluidmaster, Shaar Legal Group, UPS Asian American Business Resource Group, Professional Plastics, Comprehensive Insurance Services, Selman Chevrolet, Century21/Heidi Twitchell, Radcliffe & Associates, In Memory of Joseph Estrada, Penelope Agosta, White House Catering, Bytelaunch, and The Complete Package. 


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The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. The organization's vision is to inspire children to challenge their comfort levels and thereby raising their potential for personal development and contributions to society. The Child Creativity Lab opened its Depot for Creative Reuse in September of 2015. This facility features a community makerspace that offers an eclectic variety of STEAM-based workshops for children, teens, and educators that are hands-on, purposeful, and yet fun, engaging, and similar in excitement level and entertainment value of jump houses and other “pure-play” amusement centers. The organization also offers STEAM-based educational outreach programs, via the Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels, to schools, libraries, community events, afterschool programs, churches, and more. For more information, visit 

The Child Creativity Lab is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For general information, visit

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(714) 580-8392