HeartThrob Ball

Guests text for a good cause at annual event

In April, guests at the 21st annual HeartThrob Ball, a benefit for Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, texted $100,000 in donations to build a playroom for the hospital’s pediatric oncology patients. Their donations went toward everything from colorful furniture to toys, games and LEGO® sets.

They did this because they know that young cancer patients – like all children – need to play and just be kids. A playroom is a place where these children can forget they’re sick.

Bone marrow patients, for example, typically have to stay in the hospital for six weeks and are unable to be around other children because of the high risk of infection. For these patients, a playroom brings some fun into what are often long days of treatment.

More than 1,000 guests attended the HeartThrob Ball, which was held at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland and hosted by WJW Fox 8 anchor Stefani Schaefer. The Pointer Sisters performed, and a live auction offered items like a bench and chairs hand-painted by young patients, a lavish overnight for four couples at Nemacolin Woodland Resort, and Browns, Cavaliers and Indians sports packages.

Beyond building a playroom, proceeds – which totaled more than $850,000 – will go to other Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital programs and research initiatives.

To make a gift supporting the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital or any area of Cleveland Clinic, visit our secure giving site or call Institutional Relations and Development at 216.444.1245 or toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 41245.

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