98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon
On Sept. 4 and 5, 2014, the 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon, driven by the Philadelphia Area Mazda Dealers, raised a record $681,575 from 2,229 generous callers for Children’s Miracle Network at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The amazing families who shared their stories, the incredible phone bank volunteers and all our supporters made the event a huge success. In the past 13 years, 98.1 WOGL has raised $6,928,760 for Children’s Hospital.
Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk
On Sept. 28, 2014, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was filled with more than 12,000 runners, walkers and well-wishers for the annual Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk. The event raised nearly $1.3 million for pediatric cancer research and survivorship. The team with the highest fundraising total — $115,000 — was Team Naya. Special thanks to our longtime partner, the Four Seasons Hotel, and our hosts, 94 WIP’s Michael Barkann and 98.1 WOGL’s Valerie Knight.
The 13th Annual Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day
On Oct. 5, 2014, more than 3,300 children, parents and grandparents came together at Villanova University Stadium for the 13th Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day. Together, they raised $250,000 to benefit the Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) Program at CHOP and had a blast with games, athletic activities, moon bounces, arts and crafts, music, mascot appearances, and more.
Blue Tag Gala
The Hyatt at the Bellevue was the venue for the 14th annual Blue Tag Gala, a glamorous evening of dinner and dancing that took place on Oct. 25, 2014, and raised $200,000 for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at CHOP. Named for the special “blue tag” designating blood donations for patients with sickle cell disease, the 14th annual Blue Tag Gala featured live music, cocktails, fine dining, a silent auction and a speech by Grammy- winning artist Tye Tribbett, who served as the event’s honorary chair. Special thanks to the Ambassadors of Hope, including co-chairs Darlene K. Logan and Steven L. Sanders, and vice chair Judith E. Royal.
“All In” for Kids Poker Tournament
Food allergy research was the featured beneficiary of this year’s The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and World Poker Tour Foundation “All In” for Kids Poker Tournament, held on Oct. 29, 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. The Tioga Foundation was the presenting sponsor for this year’s event, which drew more than 300 attendees, including celebrities, athletes, professional poker players, donors and grateful families, who together raised $925,000 for this important cause.
Women’s Committee Holiday Boutique
More than 1,000 people came to shop and lunch on Dec. 4 and 5, 2014, at the 49th annual Holiday Boutique hosted by the Women’s Committee of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Consignors from across the country offered a unique selection of beautiful merchandise for sale with a portion of their proceeds going to the Hospital. The $320,000 raised supports patient care, research and education at the Hospital through the Women’s Committee grant process.
Chic for CHOP
Beat Street Station was the place to be on Dec. 5, 2014. Cocktails, dancing and a silent auction were the highlights of the evening for the 300 Chic for CHOP attendees who raised more than $85,000 for the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/ Infant Intensive Care Unit at CHOP.
Black Tie Tailgate
Since its start in the late 1980s, the Black Tie Tailgate has developed into the largest fundraising event for the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. This formal event takes place annually at the Pennsylvania Convention Center the night before the Philadelphia Auto Show opens its doors to the public. This year, on Jan. 30, 2015, nearly 4,000 people dressed to the nines raised a record $459,392 for CHOP’s Division of Neonatology.
Cheers for CHOP
"Do Good. Be Fabulous.” This was the embodiment of the second annual Cheers for CHOP event, hosted by the Friends of CHOP and held on Feb. 28, 2015, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. The celebratory evening drew more than 700 guests and kicked off with a special performance by Salt-N-Pepa. Patient Tom Gillin, who made a music video with the support of Child Life staff during his treatment, made a touching speech. The evening raised $675,000 in support of Child Life activities at CHOP.
Walk for Hope
April 12, 2015, was a gorgeous, sunny day in Hamilton, NJ. There, more than 300 people gathered for the sixth annual Walk for Hope. This event raised nearly $125,000 for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease research at CHOP.
Volunteer Leadership Summit
“A Million Stories. One Cause.” was the theme of the fifth annual Volunteer Leadership Summit, held on April 18, 2015, at Lincoln Financial Field. The fun and informative event — presented by CHOP’s Executive Council of Volunteer Organizations — brought together volunteers, members of our Foundation Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees and CHOP leaders to celebrate community fundraisers and advocates, whose extraordinary work has helped make CHOP one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation. The 2015 HOPE Award for Volunteer Organization of the Year went to the Philadelphia Eagles, in recognition of their longtime support of CHOP through Huddle Up for Autism, player visits to the Hospital and much more.
Huddle Up for Autism
Huddle Up for Autism is a free fun-filled family day hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Children’s Hospital to increase awareness about CHOP’s Center for Autism Research (CAR). Held at Lincoln Financial Field on April 26, 2015, the seventh annual Huddle Up for Autism included stadium and locker room tours; appearances by Eagles players, cheerleaders and the Eagles mascot, Swoop; entertainment and games; arts and crafts; and much more. The day raised more than $34,000 for CAR.
Annual Daisy Days
Throughout the month of May 2015, people on six continents came together to support CHOP’s Daisy Days initiative. Patients and staff modeled Lilly Pulitzer fashions for the Hope Blooms Here fashion show, broadcast on 6abc and viewed by more than 2 million people. CHOP patients received 85,000 messages of inspiration and hope through our “Send a Daisy” campaign, and our Daisy Days social media received 75,000 likes and shares. CHOP sold more than 2,400 Daisy Days items through the event’s online store, and paper daisies bloomed at community events and at local businesses all month long. Many schools held events for Daisy Days as well.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Golf Classic
On June 22, 2015, 188 golfers played 18 holes at the Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, NJ, one of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in the region. This year’s event had a new twist: a golf ball drop. Anyone interested donated $50 to claim a numbered golf ball that was dropped from a helicopter over the 18th green. The ball closest to the pin won $10,000. This innovative idea was responsible for more than $25,000 of the $240,000 raised for the Children’s Fund at CHOP, an unrestricted fund to address the greatest needs of the institution and the patients it serves.
TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
On June 27-28, 2015, 685 triathletes fund raised for CHOP and participated in the Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country. This marked the 11th year that this event, presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies, has raised funds for CHOP’s Cancer Center. Triathletes from Johnson & Johnson, Karr Barth and Zodiac Arresting Systems raised more than $575,000 for the cause.