Children's Ball: "A Capital Splendor" Raises $3 Million+ for Children

Chaired by Dr. Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National, and his wife Alison, the 10th annual Children’s Ball on April 15 celebrated the hospital's role as an integral part of the nation’s capital.

View photos from the Children’s Ball.

Watch the video of 11-year-old Chase, who shared his inspiring story at the event.

Through the outstanding leadership of the Newmans, committee members, and generous sponsors, the Ball raised $3,232,227 to support children and families through world-class care and groundbreaking research. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $25 million to fund advances in research, care, and advocacy for children’s health.

“For the past 10 years, the Children’s Ball has grown in both size and prestige – and today it’s considered one of the hottest tickets for charity events in Washington,’ said Dr. Newman said. “What sets the Children’s Ball apart is our mission. This event is about kids, and for kids. Philanthropy is key to our ability to help children not just grow up, but grow up stronger.” Explaining the theme of "Capital Splendor," Dr. Newman said, "Just as people come from all over to see the Cherry Blossoms and celebrate the global partnership they represent, families from across the country and around the world seek out Children’s National for the best care for their children."

More than 800 executives, government officials, community leaders, and supporters attended the black tie evening at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The event included a festive cocktail reception and gourmet dinner, dancing, entertainment, an online auction, and a live auction.

Children’s National honored Cerner Corporation, a global leader in healthcare technology, with the Children’s Innovation Award in recognition of the company’s success in leveraging technology to improve the lives of children. In 2013, Cerner expanded its partnership with Children’s National by launching the Bear Institute, the nation’s first pediatric institute focused on advancing the health and well-being of children through innovative information technology. 

Also recognized were the generous leaders who have chaired the Ball over the past 10 years:

  • Norma and Russ Ramsey (2015)
  • Ambassador and Abeer Al Otaiba with Amy and Bret Baier (2014)
  • Susanna and Jack Quinn (2013)
  • Amy Baier, Mae Grennan, and Cindy Jones (2012)
  • Andrew Blair and Jim Lintott (2011)
  • Paul Dougherty, Chris Nassetta, and Frank Saul III (2010)
  • Paul Dougherty and Henry Fonvielle (2007-2009)

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