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2019 Carousel Ball Raises Record-Breaking $3.5 Million for the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) 2019 Carousel Ball on Saturday October 12, at The Met Philadelphia, presented by Wawa, raised a record-breaking $3.5 million to benefit the Cardiac Center at CHOP

Look how beautiful the Met Philadelphia can be as an event space for nearly 900 people sitting. The back tables are elevated as to compensate with the slant of the floor.

Dr.Scott and Sandy Adzick, Elizabeth Norris, and Tim Buckley
Madeline Bell, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia . “The Carousel Ball is always a very special evening of celebration and gratitude,” said Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It’s a night where we celebrate the power of philanthropy to support our mission of pushing the limits of possibility for today’s patients and advancing life-changing research to create a better tomorrow.”

A signature fundraiser since 1957, the Carousel Ball celebrates the many remarkable discoveries made at CHOP that have profoundly changed pediatric medicine and honors countless supporters who have helped raise critical funds to fuel the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Held on October 12 and emceed by TODAY Co-Anchor Sheinelle Jones, this year’s black-tie event welcomed nearly 900 of the region’s greatest philanthropists, corporate leaders and patient families.

As the beneficiary of the 2019 Carousel Ball, the Hospital’s Cardiac Center is one of the world’s largest and most accomplished pediatric heart centers, offering care for children with acquired and congenital heart conditions from around the globe. The Center performs a high volume of cardiothoracic surgeries, including over 500 open heart procedures a year – and has some of the best patient outcomes in the world. Researchers and clinicians at CHOP are making great progress in revolutionizing treatments and improving outcomes for children with heart disease.

Hank and Diana Toczylowsk, Jennifer and Jeff Beck, Michelle and Kevin Samples, Kim and Bill Pierce

Dr.Joe Rossano, Dr.Christine Falkensammer, Dr.Andreas and Gisela Loepke

Jesse and Maggie Taylor, Stacy and Ben Kennedy
Korin and Larry Korman. Larry wants you all to attend the Philadelphia Film Festival which begins on Thursday in Center City. Check out the schedule HERE

The Carousel Ball has only had three event honorees in its history. This year, distinguished event honorees were Richard D. Wood, Jr. and the Wood family, the founding family of the convenience store chain, Wawa. Across generations, the Wood family and Wawa have been invaluable partners to and champions of CHOP. From Richard Wood, Sr. leading the project to move CHOP from its original South Philadelphia location to its current University City location, to creating a chair endowment to ensure the future of a health program, to providing free coffee and beverages to CHOP families and visitors on a daily basis, Wawa has helped transform the lives of countless CHOP patients and their families for more than 160 years.

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting the earlier part of the event – cocktail party and beginning of the event (I was at Komen Philly Pink Tie Gala conveniently located a few blocks away so I could get to the Met for the afterparty). See more of his photos on Philly Style later today. See my photos at CBSPhilly and in a future Philly Mag Society Column either December or January. Info for this post came from the press release. The photos on ChitChat of Mr. Wood were taken of me.