In fiscal year 2010, 66,000 individuals contributed a total of $52 million to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Much of that support was generated through special events run by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation.
At the 2009 Carousel Ball, CHOP's biennial black tie gala, donors danced the night away in support of CHOP's Diabetes Center and Healthy Weight Program. At the Daisy Day Luncheon in April, a fashion show by designer Oscar de la Renta brought the gift of childhood to many children around the world by supporting the Global Health Department. From the Blue Tag Gala benefiting the Sickle Cell Center to Evening of Hope's concert by Mandy Patinkin to fight pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, our generous donors turned festive occasions into opportunities to better the health of children.
Many annual events hit new records. The 2009 Four Seasons Parkway Run drew an unprecedented 7,100 participants and raised $580,000 for the Cancer Center at CHOP. The second annual 'All In' for Kids Poker Tournament, held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, brought in more than $823,000 for the Division of Neurosurgery.
Community-organized events, whether they are golf tournaments, runs/walks, dance-a-thons, bake sales or lemonade stands, are also an important component to giving. These events — and the dedicated volunteers who run them — raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to help CHOP help children.
It is no exaggeration to say the generosity of our donors allows Children's Hospital to remain the world's best in pediatric patient care and research, a place that gives hope to hundreds, if not thousands, of families every single day.
CHOP's Children's Circle of Care members attended the annual conference in Seattle where CHOP's own Robert Baldassano, M.D., director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease and holder of the Colman Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, was a featured speaker
CHOP celebrated the close of the Hope Lives Here campaign, which raised $476.5 million, with a special reception to honor the Hospital's most dedicated supporters. More than 200 guests gathered at Karamoor, the magnificent estate owned by CHOP supporters Nicholas and Athena Karabots (shown at left, cutting the CHOP cake with Robin and Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CHOP CEO).
The Kids-N-Hope Foundation's crazy and wacky 16th Annual Gelatin Olympics raised more than $23,000 for the Children's Seashore House at Children's Hospital.
The CHOP community hosted 30 Alex's Lemonade Stands, raising more than $50,000 for cancer research at Children's Hospital. Audrey Evans, M.D., (above with Garrett M. Brodeur, M.D., Oncology, left, and John Maris, M.D., director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research, and chief, Division of Oncology), was honored with the Pitcher of Hope Award.
Wade Wilson, store manager of Rite Aid #4601 in Stratford, N.J., walked to work while also helping to raise money for Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital. Wade walked 23 miles from his home in Logan Township, N.J., to his store. With help from his associates, Wade raised more than $2,500 for CMN at CHOP!
Mya and Ava Longacre recently visited the Hospital to make a wonderful donation to the Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center. Mya and Ava are the granddaughters of Fred and Suzanne Biesecker, for whom the center is named. By holding yard sales, selling lemonade and old bikes, and asking friends to contribute, the girls were able to raise a total of $1,678!
The Eighth Annual 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon took over the Colket Atrium of the Main Building for two days and raised $419,010. WOGL's Ross Brittain and the Breakfast Club, and families that came to the atrium, had visits with Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss New Jersey and Miss Delaware.
Celebrities, professional poker players, donors and CHOP trustees tried their luck at the second annual 'All In' for Kids Poker Tournament at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Honorary chairs and presenting sponsors Jim and Nancy Minnick (above, flanking top-10 finisher Nicole Rowe), along with 120 players, raised more than $823,000 for CHOP's Division of Neurosurgery. M.J. Serota finished first followed by Andrew Pauxtis and event co-founder Dan Shak.
Members of CHOP's Legacy Advisors group enjoyed "An Evening with Dick Vermeil." The beloved former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (above with George Reath, emeritus CHOP trustee and chair of the Lewis Society, and his wife, Ann Reath) spoke about his own experience at CHOP as a grateful grandparent.
A record-breaking 7,100 people gathered on Logan Circle for the Four Seasons Parkway Run/Walk. More than $580,000 was raised for CHOP's Cancer Center.
More than 500 people kicked off the holiday season at the Merion Cricket Club by supporting the Women's Committee's 44th Annual Holiday Boutique. More than $270,000 was raised to support patient care, research and education.
More than 350 participants took part in the first Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) Ride Ataxia – Philadelphia, going on 50-, 25- and 10-mile rides. An additional 100 children and family members enjoyed fall family fun activities. Pictured: Kyle Bryant, Ride Ataxia founder and director, alongside Ed Ramsey, FARA board member.
More than 4,000 people came to Villanova University to walk, moon bounce, dance, sing and support CHOP's Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Eighth Annual Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day. More than $225,000 was raised for patient care, research and education.
The Carousel Ball, Children's Hospital's signature, biennial black-tie dinner dance, was a glamorous affair. More than $1.5 million was raised for the Diabetes Center and the Healthy Weight Program at CHOP. From left, Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CHOP CEO, and his wife, Robin, with event co-chairs Lynne and Bill Garbose.
The first-ever Walk for Hope raised more than $35,000 for the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at CHOP. More than 250 runners and walkers took to the 5K course at the event, organized by members of the Family Research Council, a volunteer group of IBD patient families and friends that supports research at CHOP.
The Philadelphia Marriott Business Council hosted its fourth annual Monte Carlo Night benefiting Children's Miracle Network at CHOP, raising more than $65,000 for patient care programs at Children's Hospital.
On June 9, a new chapter in the history of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia began as the Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building was officially dedicated. More than 250 people attended the banner cutting for the 11-story, 450,000-square-foot building. Ruth and Tristram Colket got help from their grandchildren cutting the ribbon.
The second annual Healthy Kids Day added a new feature to its lineup of educational and fun activities for kids. This year, more than 300 children in sixth to 12th grades participated in a fitness walk around The Mann Center for the Performing Arts the morning of Healthy Kids Day. The afternoon event offered families healthy food, tons of health-related information and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Hip Hop Harry and the Laurie Berkner Band performed.
More than 3,000 people attended the Philadelphia International Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala. Co-chairs of the Preview Gala were CHOP CEO Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., and his wife, Robin, and Dom and Karen Conicelli. The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, one of CHOP's most dedicated and generous supporters, presented Altschuler (above, left) with the final check, which completed the Foundation's pledge of $2 million to CHOP. Also shown are Scott Lustgarten, Dom Conicelli and Kevin Mazzucola.
Members of the Founders Society at Children's Hospital gathered at the historic Merion Golf Club with host Clark Hooper Baruch, chair of the Founders Society and Hospital trustee. The reception honored those who have contributed more than $1,000 to the Hospital in recent fiscal years. Loyal 25-year donors, Lisa (left) and Dick Carr are with Baruch.
The inaugural Chairman's Circle Dinner, hosted by chairman of CHOP's Board of Trustees Stephen B. Burke, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. The Chairman's Circle honors the Hospital's most generous donors, those who have given $1 million or more in cumulative gifts. Each member was recognized at the event and received a token of appreciation. David Oberkircher and trustee George Lemmon Jr. chat with Burke.
The Cure Kids Cancer Foundation raised more than $100,000 for cancer research at a black-tie dinner with live and silent auctions. Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio (above with mom Julie Sutherland, John Maris, M.D., and oncologist Richard Womer, M.D.) returned to CHOP to present the event proceeds to the Cancer Center.
A plaque was unveiled in honor of Russell Raphaely, M.D., who was director of CHOP's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit from 1972 – 1996. The honor was made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor. Guests attended a luncheon and heard moving remarks from a patient family whose daughter received exceptional care from Raphaely. Next to the plaque are, from left: Wilson J.C. Braun III, Marianne Raphaely, Mary C. Braun, Courtney Braun, Raphaely, Bernard S. Kaplan, M.B.B.Ch., chief, Division of Nephrology, Wilson J.C. Braun Jr. and CHOP CEO Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.
The Childhood Friends Third Annual Wine Tasting was held at the new Daniel Stern restaurant R2L, where more than 100 guests enjoyed wines from three wineries. The event raised $28,000 for research, education and patient care programs at CHOP.
The 54th Annual Daisy Day® Luncheon and Fashion Show, the largest daytime fundraising event in Philadelphia, featured designer Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2010 collection and raised more than $1.1 million to benefit Global Health. From left: Rodney Finalle, M.D., director, Global Health; Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CHOP CEO; Nancy Wolfson, event chair; David Pincus, Daisy Day 2010 Honorary Chair; and his wife, Geraldine Pincus.
More than 4,000 people attended Huddle Up for Autism at Lincoln Financial Field. The day was presented by the Philadelphia Eagles and benefited the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital. It raised nearly $80,000 for autism research. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Eagles players and get up close and personal with Swoop, the Eagles' mascot.