Pretend City Executives and the Mayor
MemorialCare leaders, Pretend City Executives and the Mayor of Irvine pose for a photo in front of the refreshed Health Center. 

Pretend City, in collaboration with MemorialCare, proudly hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce its newly refreshed Health Center learning space on February 22 at 9:30 am.

The ceremony was attended by local leaders, including Irvine Mayor Khan, councilmember Tammy Kim, and representatives of Vice Mayor Larry Agran and councilmember Mike Carrol, MemorialCare Medical Group’s Chief Executive Officer David Kim, COO Annamarie Jones, and Vice President of Population Health Jessica Kwon and Pretend City members. The ribbon cutting was performed by Pretend City Executive Director Ellen Pais, Mayor Khan, Jessica Kwon and enthusiastic children, symbolizing the collaboration between Pretend City and MemorialCare.

Members were invited to participate in the ribbon cutting and be among the first to experience the upgraded health center. Jessica Kwon of MemorialCare expressed, “Our partnership with Pretend City goes beyond shared values; it’s about bringing together two organizations that are invested in the health and well-being of our community. MemorialCare’s dedication to excellence in health care, combined with Pretend City’s innovative approach to children’s learning, will bring about a generation that is not only healthier but more aware and proactive about their well-being, starting from a young age.”

Pretend City Executive Director Ellen Pais stated, “This partnership represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing children with innovative learning experiences. The Health Center learning space is a testament to our shared dedication to fostering healthy, imaginative environments for our young visitors.”