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Cleveland Clinic Children's Gala

Formerly known as HeartThrob Ball

May 2, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Cleveland Public Auditorium

Presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers & Quicken Loans

Help Us Celebrate Courageous Young Patients

The Courage Award is presented annually at Cleveland Clinic Children's Gala to honor young patients who have faced overwhelming adversity with bravery, determination and grace. The Courage Award honorees are an inspiration to all with their indomitable spirit, strength and fortitude.

The submission deadline was December 6, 2013.
Thank you to all who sent in nominations.

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Event Sponsors

Presenting Partner

Entertainment Partner

Child Champion Partners

Cathy & Larry Goldberg Family    |    Dana & Mario Morino    |    Sue & Ron Rice

Event Chairs

Event Co-Chairman

Umberto P. Fedeli

Event Co-Chairwoman

Lorraine Dodero

Nearly 1000 guests joined us for the 24th annual Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala (formerly HeartThrob Ball) at Public Hall on Friday, May 2, 2014. Presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans, the Gala featured Fox 8 News in the Morning anchor Stefanie Schaefer as emcee, with Entertainment Sponsor North Coast Container rocking the house with the live music of Gary Racan and the Studio e Band. The event raised more than $1,200,000 for patient care programs and research innovations at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. The Frankino Foundation proudly sponsored this year’s Courage Awards, where three young patients who have faced overwhelming adversity with bravery, determination and grace were honored.

Thank you!

We gratefully appreciate the support of our sponsors and everyone who attended the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala to make this such a magical night for the 2014 Courage Award Honorees. With your support, we raised critical funds to carry forth the mission of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

A special thank you to Event Co-Chairs, Lorraine Dodero and Umberto P. Fedeli, our Host Committee Co-Chairs, Andrew Randall and Steve Ross, and the entire committee who worked tirelessly to help our patients and families. We salute your commitment and compassion for our youngest patients and our caregivers.

Check back often for additional photos from the 2014 Gala!

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HeartThrob Ball has become one of Cleveland’s premier charity galas where the annual Courage Awards are given to amazing courageous kids.

The 23rd Annual HeartThrob Ball

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cleveland Public Hall
Special musical guests: KC & the Sunshine Band
Umberto P. Fedeli, Event Chairman
Paul Clark, Community Partners Chair

Photo Gallery
HeartThrobBall's  album on Photobucket

Over 900 guests joined us to celebrate Courageous Kids at the 22nd Annual HeartThrob Ball on Friday, May 3, 2012. The evening honored three young Courage Award recipients who demonstrated extraordinary determination in spite of difficult medical issues.

Presented by PNC, the black-tie affair featured WJW Fox 8 Anchor Kenny Crumpton and Todd Meany as emcee. Umberto P. Fedeli once again served as Event Chairman.

Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and a concert featuring Kool & The Gang! 

The event raised more than $1,000,000 for patient care programs and research innovations at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, including $96,000 to build a Preschool Room for the Center for Autism.

Thank you!

We gratefully appreciate the support of our sponsors and everyone who attended HeartThrob Ball to make this night a magical night for the 2012 Courage Award honorees. With your support, we raised critical funds to carry forth the mission of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

Presenting Sponsor

PNC Bank

Solid Gold Sponsor

AVI Food Systems

Heartthrob Ball 2012 Photo Gallery