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Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk
On Sept. 19, 2015, the Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk was held at Lincoln Financial Field. This beloved 5K run and 2K family fun walk included more than 9,000 runners and walkers and thousands of supporters who raised more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research and survivorship programs. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez served as honorary chair and kicked off the event alongside hosts Michael Barkann of 94 WIP, Valerie Knight of 98.1 WOGL and Chris Stigall of 1210 WPHT.
Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day
The 14th annual CHOP Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day took place Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Villanova University. The Buddy Walk raises crucial funds to support the Trisomy 21 Program at CHOP while celebrating children and adults with Down syndrome and their families. With more than 2,200 participants, the fun and festive event raised $220,000.
Blue Tag Gala
The Blue Tag Gala, held Oct. 17, 2015, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, featured live music, cocktails, fine dining and a silent auction that helped to raise $165,000 for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at CHOP. The gala is named for the special “blue tag” that designates a blood donation should go to patients with sickle cell disease.
On Oct. 27, 2015, the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care served as both the site and the beneficiary of the biennial Carousel Ball. A meaningful evening for all who attended and offered support, the 2015 Carousel Ball raised more than $1.2 million. Spectacular views, unique live auction items and an incredible performance by Starlight Orchestras added to the event’s ambience.
“All In” for Kids Poker Tournament
The Division of Gastroenterology was this year’s featured beneficiary of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and World Poker Tour Foundation “All In” for Kids Poker Tournament. Held on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Mandarin Oriental New York, the event drew nearly 300 attendees, including celebrities, athletes, professional poker players, donors and grateful families who together raised $700,000 for this important cause.
The 50th anniversary Holiday Boutique, hosted by the Women’s Committee of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was held at the Merion Cricket Club Dec. 3 – 4, 2015. A record-setting $395,000 was raised through the Preview Party and Shopping Day. Consignors from across the country offered a unique selection of merchandise for sale along with the traditional Women’s Committee booths that offered rum cakes, gingerbread houses, festive wreaths and more, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting patient care, research and education through the Women’s Committee’s grant process.
Chic for CHOP
The Lynn Saligman League hosted the annual Chic for CHOP event at Beat Street Station on Friday, Dec. 5, 2015. Cocktails, dancing and a silent auction were the highlights of the evening, which raised more than $85,000 for pediatric stroke research.
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. This black-tie event takes place annually the night before the Philadelphia Auto Show opens its doors to the public. This year, on Friday, Jan. 27, 2016, the Black Tie Tailgate raised nearly $600,000 for the Division of Neurology at CHOP.
Cheers for CHOP
“Do Good. Be Fabulous.” continues to be the motto of Cheers for CHOP. More than 650 guests danced the night away at the third annual event, held at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. The evening included performances from Go Go Gadget, Saved by the 90’s and DJ Jazzy Jeff. A silent auction helped to raise $625,000 for Emergency Medicine.
Walk for Hope
Nearly 700 people gathered on Sunday, April 10, 2016, for the seventh annual Walk for Hope, which was held at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia for the first time. The event raised $164,000, its largest total to date, for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease research at CHOP.
Huddle Up for Autism
Huddle Up for Autism is a free, fun-filled family day hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to increase awareness about the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. Held at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, April 17, 2016, the day highlighted the myriad resources developed by the Center for Autism Research. Attendees enjoyed field and locker-room tours, arts and crafts, games, face painting, magic shows and special appearances by Eagles personalities. As part of the 2016 event, participants hosted online fundraising pages, bringing in a total of $40,000 for the center.
Volunteer Fundraising Summit
The sixth annual Volunteer Fundraising Summit was held April 30, 2016, at the Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building on CHOP’s Main Campus. This fun and informative event celebrates community fundraisers and advocates, whose extraordinary work has helped make CHOP one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation. The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation received the HOPE Award for Volunteer Organization of the Year to honor its unparalleled support of CHOP. Foundation Board of Overseers Co-Vice Chair Brad Ingerman was recognized as the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the event.
During the month of May, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Daisy Days campaign raised more than $1 million. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, Daisy Days is a beloved Philadelphia tradition in which schools, businesses and community organizations show their support for CHOP. This year featured the first Daisy Days 31-Day Challenge, in which people pledged to walk or run during May to raise funds for CHOP.
The annual Golf Classic, held on June 20, 2016, is the premier golfing event benefiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The funds raised benefit the “FORE” Kids Fund, which supports patient care programs and research at CHOP. ESPN analyst and former All-Star of the Philadelphia Phillies John Kruk served as honorary chair, and more than 220 golfers helped raise more than $275,000.
TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
The Johnson & Johnson Tri-Rock Philadelphia Triathlon, held June 25 – 26, 2016, is recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country. This year marked the 14th anniversary of this event raising funds for the Cancer Center at CHOP. More than 450 triathletes from Johnson & Johnson, Karr Barth and Zodiac Arresting Systems raised an amazing $475,000.
Categories: Philanthropy Report 2016