A Week to Remember: Community Support Fuels Our Work
Last month, Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges joined us for our very first Kaleidoscope event, a night that brought together more than 2,500 people from across our community to celebrate all we accomplish for children. With the support of presenting sponsor PNC, Leon Bridges performed for a sell-out crowd at the Aronoff Center, grooving for good through his classic R&B and soul-style music.
Proceeds from Kaleidoscope supported our community health efforts, helping kids right here in our backyard reach their full potential. Partnering with schools, businesses, community agencies and donors, we’re working outside the walls of the medical center to address issues like infant mortality, school readiness, literacy, injury prevention and the growth in mental health concerns for children and teens.
And just a week after Kaleidoscope, nearly 3,500 friends, grateful patient families, staff, and business and community partners laced up their sneakers to Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s—our largest community fundraiser. Presenting sponsor, the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, helped make our 5K/1 mile event triumphant as we got our steps in and enjoyed activities, fun and food at Great American Ball Park.
Go the Distance allows participants to designate their fundraising dollars to the area of the medical center of their choice. This means runners and walkers can truly make an impact for the kids who are seen in the department or division of the hospital that is most meaningful in their own lives.
Community events like these remind us that we’re all caregivers. We’re so thankful for the thousands of people who made Kaleidoscope and Go the Distance so successful. Together, we’re helping kids and families live healthier, happier lives.
Bon Appetit to our Partnership with CityBeat
Last spring, diners all around the city raised their forks for a worthy cause during Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week.
Thanks to our partnership with CityBeat, the coordinators of the event, $1 from every meal purchased at 50 local restaurants was donated to Cincinnati Children’s.
Tony Frank, CityBeat’s publisher, knows first-hand the value the medical center provides to the community. “As a father of four myself, I have personally experienced the amazing care and unparalleled compassion that Cincinnati Children’s brings to families at their moment of greatest need,” he says. “To partner in a way that advances their ability to serve and extend their reach brings us a great deal of pride.”
CityBeat, generous restaurants and enthusiastic guests donated more than $23,000 last spring and were just as hungry to help out this fall during September’s Restaurant Week.
We’re grateful for this partnership that celebrates delicious dining throughout Greater Cincinnati and provides critical funding for the kids who rely on us for world-class care.
Giving Hope to Families
Every single day, our community of supporters gives hope to the kids in our care. Grateful patient families, friends and corporations partner with us through our community fundraising program, Giving Hope, hosting more than 200 events each year.
We’re in awe of the families who grow their events into amazing annual traditions that share gratitude for care and honor loved ones. Missy and Mark Meinhardt keep their daughter Sophie’s legacy alive through Sophie’s Angel Run. What started in 2006 as a small event in their community has now raised more than $750,000 for pediatric brain tumor research.
The Warrior Run has raised more than $532,000 for Cincinnati Children’s in 10 years. Organized by Nancy Miller, in remembrance of her husband Jim, it benefits our teen and young adult mental health and suicide prevention programs.
Paul and Amy Brophy started Loop for Lana to give back to our Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute for the care their daughter, Elana, received. The memorial 5K has raised more than $148,000.
Polo for Babies is an annual polo match started by Chris and Betsy Leonidas in gratitude for the care their daughter, Adeline, received in the first week of her life. Through the match, they’ve raised more than $100,000 for infant and child research in our Perinatal Institute.
Community members come together in so many ways to impact kids and advance the care and research of divisions and programs close to their hearts. We’re so grateful for each individual and family who becomes part of our care team in such a special way.