The Village of Childhelp West to be renamed Childhelp Merv Griffin Village
“Childhelp and the children we serve are richly blessed because of Merv
Griffin’s benevolent heart and his unparalleled financial support,” said
Childhelp co-founder Sara O’Meara. “Merv loved the children of
Childhelp and always said, ‘Helping these children is probably the most
rewarding thing I’ll ever do.’ He was aware of our plans to rededicate
the village in his honor and we are heartbroken that he is not here to
celebrate with us.”
Of the many ways Griffin supported Childhelp over the years, one of the more notable contributions came in October 2000 when he donated his 192-acre Wickenburg Inn and Dude Ranch in Arizona to Childhelp as a haven for abused children.
“A legacy of Merv’s love for the children will be eternally remembered with the dedication of the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village,” said Childhelp co-founder Yvonne Fedderson. “He also encouraged his son Tony and daughter-in-law Tricia to work with the children at the Beaumont village and they will join us for the dedication.”
The Dec. 9 invitation-only Childhelp Holiday Gathering and dedication of the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village will feature special holiday performances by the children of Childhelp with a “Way Out West” theme. Emceed each year by actor John Stamos, the annual event has been a holiday tradition at the Beaumont village for nearly 25 years.