Throughout the month of May, people on six continents came together to support CHOP. Patients and staff modeled Lilly Pulitzer fashions for the Hope Blooms Here fashion show, broadcast on 6abc, and the station’s coverage of the 2015 Daisy Days campaign created 33 million impressions. 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 also held events for Daisy Days, such as those listed below.
- Mrs. Gavaghan’s sixth-grade class at Churchville Elementary School in Churchville, Pa., participated in a behavior program called Cultivating Daisies with Kindness, raising $140 for Daisy Days.
- On May 4, BASIS Independent Brooklyn in Brooklyn, N.Y., held a school bake sale, raising $1,000 for Daisy Days.
- Students at Excel Learning Center in Marlton, N.J., sold paper daisies, flowers and refreshments to parents and faculty on May 15, raising $200 for Daisy Days.
On April 26, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the seventh annual Huddle Up for Autism at Lincoln Financial Field. The event is a free family fun day designed for attendees with autism spectrum disorder and their loved ones.
It raises funds and awareness for the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP and included stadium and locker room tours; appearances by Eagles players, cheerleaders and Swoop; entertainment and games; arts and crafts; and much more. The day raised more than $34,000 for CAR.
Volunteer Leadership Summit
On April 28, 170 volunteers, trustees and CHOP leaders met at the fifth annual Volunteer Leadership Summit at Lincoln Financial Field. The Executive Council of Volunteer Organizations at CHOP presented the event, and the theme was “A Million Stories. One Cause.” The event celebrates community fundraisers and advocates whose work makes an enormous difference for the Hospital. 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 so much more.
On June 22, 188 golfers played 18 holes for a good cause at the Seaview Golf Club in Absecon, N.J. The event raised $240,000 for the Children’s Fund at CHOP. Turner Construction Co. returned as the presenting sponsor. An exciting new addition this year was the CHOP Golf Ball Drop, which raised more than $25,000!