Four years ago, James and Eleanor Randall took a tour of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and were immediately taken with the quality of care and dedication of the hospital’s staff, from the Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU) to the Chase Place Teen Lounge. “It was obvious from the moment we entered the lobby that Childrens Hospital was an exceptional hospital,” says James.
The tour prompted the Randalls to make a generous gift through their foundation, The James and Eleanor Randall Foundation, to fund a private patient room in the New Hospital Building’s NICCU. They recently made another significant gift to pay for an examination room in The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Emergency Department and Trauma Center in the New Hospital Building.
Their contributions make them members of the First Families Legacy Program, which recognizes individuals and families who make a gift of $100,000 or more toward the New Hospital Building’s construction.
“Since our first gift, we have been keeping up with all of the hospital’s latest advancements and have been impressed with the progress Childrens Hospital has been making as a leader in pediatric medicine. The hospital needs our support and we are happy to be a small part of that support,” adds Eleanor.
The couple’s foundation, created in 1997, has given generously to support arts, education, health care and mental health organizations. In addition to Childrens Hospital, the Randalls have made charitable gifts to the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work, Mt. San Antonio College, Flintridge Preparatory School, Clairbourn School, Huntington Hospital, Chapman University and Pepperdine University.
James is president of Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of rivets and related installation tooling for the aircraft industry. The company holds 18 patents and supplies clients in more than 30 countries. He is also a major developer of industrial commercial buildings in the City of Industry, where Allfast is headquartered.
Eleanor is an accomplished artist whose large-scale oil and acrylic works are on exhibit at Allfast’s headquarters and the USC School of Social Work, and soon to be on display at Mt. San Antonio College’s refurbished planetarium. She also is involved in producing Allfast’s advertising and marketing materials. Before starting her art career, Eleanor modeled and appeared in more than 150 television commercials.
The Randalls, who participate on several boards throughout Southern California, have six adult children and two grandchildren and divide their time between homes in Bradbury and Malibu.
Of the family’s charitable giving activities, James says, “We’ve always felt it was important to give to organizations that help the community. We believe if you’re fortunate to have it, you should give back.”
He adds, “We will continue to support Childrens Hospital because the work they do is legendary—they help so many children and their families; the doctors and nurses are dedicated and giving; and they are the best at what they do.” •