Philanthropy Report 2012

a snapshot of generosity

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Our annual report on philanthropy celebrates the many people who supported Boston Children’s Hospital—and the many ways they did so. Explore the images below for a few highlights or read the full report, which recognizes gifts of $1,000 or more.



Yoga Reaches Out, a day-long yoga experience at Gillette Stadium, has raised $325,000 since the event’s inception in 2010. The founder, Sarah Gardner, sees it as a win-win: yoga enthusiasts do what they love and can pay it forward.

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Shoe + Tell:

Last April, New York shoe designer Stuart Weitzman hosted Shoe and Tell, an evening of socializing and science with Boston Children’s world-renowned researchers.

Guests could explore “innovation stations” in cancer, stem cells, robotics and more—all from Weitzman’s New York showroom. Stuart’s wife, Jane, (second from left, with researchers) serves on our Trust Board.

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Clown Around:

Heart transplant patient Grace Kobold (center) bravely shared her story during the Children’s Hospital League’s gala. She was joined by her cousins, and The Big Apple Clown Care Unit—generously sponsored by the League—got in on the act, too!



Abigail Cohen (in gold) used her 30th birthday as an opportunity to give back to Boston Children’s.

“All I wanted was to have my friends and family around me. I am surrounded by amazing people and don’t want for anything,” Cohen says. "I'm a school psychologist, and Boston Children's supports the kids I work with every day, so I wanted to support the hospital." In lieu of gifts, Abigail’s friends and family made donations totaling $1,135 to help our patients.



At age 7, Justin Doo had life-saving neurosurgery—a month later, he and his siblings were digging through their playroom for toys to sell to help other kids. It was the inspiration behind the family’s first yard sale in 2007 to benefit the hospital.

This year, the Doos sold t-shirts and water bottles, offered concessions, hosted a basketball tournament, and even brought in a dunk tank—Justin’s dad Derek is the lucky guy here, and Justin is all smiles. “I think when you experience something life-changing it makes you appreciate the things around you,” Justin’s mom Lisa says. “My kids were so young when this happened, we’ve made giving back to Children’s a way of life.”



Grateful for the care she’s received since birth, Sabrina Kelley and her family organized Sabrina's Shootout, a fundraiser to benefit the hospital’s cystic fibrosis program. Fifteen giant inflatables, a hole-in-one putting green and a mechanical bull—no small potatoes—drew 550 attendees in 2012. In the event’s 17-year history, the Norwell family has raised more than $380,000.



With the New Balance Foundation’s generous $8 million gift, Boston Children’s established The New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center to combat obesity. The Center is developing a wide range of care and community outreach initiatives, all shaped by our research findings. Managing Trustee of the New Balance Foundation, Anne Davis (pictured with Center director David Ludwig, MD) is helping lead the way. “We’re thrilled to partner with Boston Children’s to provide children and families the tools they need to lead more active, healthy lives,” Davis says.


Here are the many Boston Children’s events that raised critical funds for the hospital.


Texas Hold ‘Em co-chairs (L to R) David Fialkow, Brad Gerstner, Tony DiNovi and Ben Fischman with emcee and World Series of Poker Pro, Annie Duke. The crew rallied around the tables again on April 30 to benefit Boston Children’s.


Champions for Children’s, our sports-themed event on November 27, recognized New England Patriot Zoltan Mesko (right, with hospital CEO James Mandell, MD, and patient Matthew) for his generosity. John O’Hurley, known for his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, joined as host.


Milagros Para Niños Gala celebrated Latino spirit and philanthropy September 20. Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú was recognized with a Milagros Award for its generosity—a $1 million gift to stem cell research. Harp Helú family members, pictured left, with Christian Pavia, center, a patient from Mexico, and far right, hospital CEO James Mandell, MD.


Don Criniti, Steve Hoberman, Steve Parker, Deb Desantis (L to R) of Fidelity hopped on spin bikes during Boston Children’s indoor-relay style spin fundraiser, March 4.


Jeff Hintlian, Danielle Longhitano, Molly Crowley, and Jill Anzalone were among the 201 runners on our Miles for Miracles Boston Marathon® team battling the heat April 16—temperatures reached the low 90s.


Mix 104.1 Radiothon, March 1 and 2, was a success thanks to the Mix staff. L to R: Gregg Daniels, Mark Hannon, Sue Brady, Mike Mullaney, Fast Freddie, Erin O’Malley, Tim Staskiewicz.


The first Boston Investment Conferencedrew 600 attendees November 8 despite a Nor’easter. Josh Gold and Trust board member Matthew Sidman led an all-star committee raising $1.3 million for hospital research.


Families join NSTAR’s Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital each June to say thank you for great care. This event is made possible by NSTAR’s generosity and the leadership of its president and CEO, Tom May.



Riders revved their motors for the annual Heather Lynne Siebert Ride, where 100+ riders raised more than $8,000 to benefit the hospital. The 3.5 hour journey started at the Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith, NH.



Celine Dion took the stage for Play Without Pain, a concert benefiting the hospital’s sickle cell research program. Gary Loveman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment, pulled off the event last January, raising $1 million. Loveman’s motivation? Knowing that Boston Children’s researchers are within reach of a cure for this disease. Left to right: Matthew Heeney, MD, Stuart Orkin, MD, Gary Loveman, Celine Dion, Gary Fleisher, MD, and David Williams, MD.



IHOP General Manager Alan Wright knows there's meaning behind the free meal his company offers on National Pancake Day in exchange for donations to the hospital. Wright's sister Jasmine received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from the hospital 11 years ago. In 2012, National Pancake Day raised $36,000 for Boston Children’s.