A dose of fun
Roger and Carol Shiffman watch Rickell Rhodes and Mario Hoover play a game on a new Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit.
Photo: Joshua Clark
Jousting Wii controllers, squeals of laughter and a healthy dose of competition were just what the doctor ordered for 6-year-olds Rickell Rhodes and Mario Hoover.
The two hospitalized children were part of a demonstration and dedication ceremony for two new Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units at the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois.
Each fun center features a Sharp AQUOS LCD television, DVD player and Nintendo Wii gaming system.
The fun centers were donated by UIC alumni Carol and Roger Shiffman of Highland Park. Roger Shiffman is the global board chairman of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and one of the first members of the UIC Alumni Leadership Academy.
Well known in the toy industry, Shiffman in separate phases of his career built two highly successful companies: Tiger Electronic Toys, makers of Furby, and Zizzle, the company behind the Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical lines of toys.
Often described as a kid at heart, he offered to give the kids a demonstration after the fun centers were unveiled Aug. 23.
He was quickly rebuffed by Rickell and Mario they were ready to play.
In his new role as global chairman, Shiffman vowed to bring more awareness to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, with the goal of reaching more hospitalized children and their families.