2015 Children's Ball Homepage - Children's Hospital Foundation
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Donate Button for BallThe Children's Ball began in 2007 as the annual signature fundraising event for Children's National Health System. Over the past eight years, the gala has raised more than $19 million to support children and families. Funds raised at the Children's Ball go directly to provide vital support the hospital needs to give the best treatment possible to every child.

Children’s National Health System is proud to honor the following organization and individuals for their steadfast commitment and dedication to improving the lives and well-being of the children and families that we serve. Awards will be presented at the 2015 Children’s Ball.




Senator Orrin Hatch,
U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore &
Chairman of the Committee on Finance


Franco Nuschese

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National Building Museum

401 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Event Schedule

  • Cocktail Reception
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Dinner
    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Main Stage Program and Live Auction
    9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • After-Hours Lounge, Dancing and Entertainment
    10:00 p.m. - midnight


Black Tie


Approximately 900 guests will attend this inspirational evening of cocktails, dinner, an exciting live auction, and an after-hours lounge and dance party.


Dr. Bear's

Signature Sponsor

Amy and Bret Baier

Dr. Bear's

Presenting Sponsor

Washington Area Lexus Dealers

Dr. Bear's

Patron Sponsor

Ambassador and Abeer Al Otaiba

Shaher Awartani

FedEx Logo

Norma and Russ Ramsey


Dr. Bear's

Champion Sponsors

Diana Davis Spencer Foundation


Ferrero Logo

May Liang and Jim Lintott

Dr. Bear's

Platinum Sponsors
Capital One Logo
Hilton Logo
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The Fernandez Foundation

The Honorable Lee,
Toni, and Grant Verstandig

Clark Construction Logo


Cindy and Evan

Kathie and
Michael Williams


Marcy and
Neil Cohen

Marion and Bob

Dr. Bear's

Gold Sponsors




FTI Consulting
Health Solutions


Sharon and Tom

Lynne and Greg


The Boston
Consulting Group

Joseph R.
Damato and
Seyfarth Shaw



and Congressman
John Delaney



Tori Thomas

Patrice and
Scott Brickman

Emanuel J.

Fox News Channel


Miller & Long Co.,

Karen and Thomas

Saks Fifth Avenue
Chevy Chase

Williams and
Connolly, LLP

Dr. Bear's

Circle of Care

Sally and John
"Chip" Akridge

Eric and Marianne

Stacie and
Lou Christopher

Karen and Chris

Claire and Al

Carl M. Freeman

Katelin and Frank

Samar and William

Alison and Kurt

Susanna and Jack

Jeannie and Thomas

Beth and Fred

Donald J. Trump

Hillary and Tom

Katherine and David

Lisa Collis and
Senator Mark Warner

Amy and Tripp

Sally and Mark

Leah and Jacques

Robert G.

Ted and Lynn

JoAnn and Charles

Emily and Mitchell

Casey and Nicholas

Peggy and Tom

Katherine Vernot-Jonas and
Dr. Richard Jonas

Mary and Jeff

Dr. Nancy Bauman and
Dr. Anthony Sandler

Kristin and John

Dr. Dondi Dahlgaard and
Mark Schoenfeld

Jamie and David

Heather and Andy

Mae and Ande

Angela and Don

Carrie and David

Julie and Gregg

Mary and David

Allison and Brent

TRR Sotheby's / Mark
Lowham and Joseph Ruzzo

Sheila and Willy

Dr. Bear's

Silver Sponsors

APS Pinnacle

Dr. Irma Frank and
Mr. Richard Frank

Julie and Paul

Beth and Ronald

Pamela and
Richard Hanlon


Carolyn and Bill


Carl Spatz and
Thomas Hesselbrock


Thank you to the 2015 Children's Ball Committee!

2015 Children's Ball Executive Committee

Ambassador and Abeer Al Otaiba

Amy and Bret Baier

Committee Members

Sally and John "Chip" Akridge

Hillary and Thomas Baltimore

Marianne and Eric Billings

Katherine and David Bradley

Patrice and Scott Brickman

Silvana and Jim Brinkman

Meredith and David Broome

Kristin and John Cecchi

Marcy and Neil Cohen

Lisa Collis and
Senator Mark R. Warner

Barry Dixon and Will Thomas

Karen and Chris Donatelli

Amy and Tripp Donnelly

Jamie and Dave Dorros

Liz and Paul Dougherty

Nancy and Marc Duber

Claire and Al Dwoskin

Sally and Mark Ein

Jean-Marie and Raul Fernandez

Heather and Andy Florance

Michelle Freeman

Leah and Jacques Gansler

Mae and Ande Grennan

Katelin and Frank Haney

Pam and Richard Hanlon

Robert Hisaoka

Angela and Don Irwin

Kay Kendall and Jack Davies

Lynn and Ted Leonsis

May Liang and Jim Lintott

Mark Lowham and Joe Ruzzo

Carrie and David Marriott

April McClain-Delaney and
Congressman John Delaney

Paige and Chris Nassetta

Franco Nuschese

Lynne and Greg O'Brien

Kristen and Nels Olson

Susanna and Jack Quinn

Emily and Mitchell Rales

Mary and David Ritchey

Jeannie and Thomas Rutherfoord

Casey and Nicholas Seidenberg

Beth and Fred Singer

Peggy and Tom Styer

Tori Thomas

Katherine Vernot-Jonas and
Richard Jonas

The Honorable Lee and
Toni Verstandig

Sheila and Willy Walker

Mary and Jeff Zients


D.C. Sports Package

A sports lovers extravaganza!

Wizards Ultimate Fan Package: Your experience includes 4 lower- level game tickets (2015-16 season), a courtside view of your children as “ball kids” during pre-game warm-ups (2-4 children), the opportunity to present the game ball to team captains (2 people), a group photo, a post-game free throw on the court, and an autographed basketball and gift bag.
Capitals Ultimate Fan Package: Watch pre-game warm-ups in the penalty box and enjoy 4 on the glass game tickets (2015-16 season). You’ll also receive a group photo on the ice, gift bags with autographed puck for each guest, access to the all-inclusive coaches club, autographed hockey stick, and a ride on the Olympia Ice Resurfacer during intermission (1 person)!
Redskins Ultimate Fan Package: Attend a home game in a Private Owner’s Box Level Suite. Platinum parking included. Your experience includes 4 tickets valid during the 2015 season, gourmet cuisine, beverages, a private attendant and club access in a private, climate controlled atmosphere on the Owner’s Box Level. Package also includes an autographed photo of Alfred Morris.
Nationals Ultimate Fan Package: You and three guests will enjoy a spectacular evening as you watch the Nationals taken on one your favorite teams at Nationals Park from the third baseline behind the visitor’s dugout box, an outstanding backdrop to view America’s greatest pastime. Package includes parking access to the stadium, just steps away from the gate. All that’s left to do is enjoy the game from the best seats in the house!
Washington Kastles Ultimate Fan Package: Enjoy 4 front row tickets in a premier courtside box to the Kastles’ home opener on July 14 featuring Venus Williams! Package includes a photo opportunity with Venus, VIP hospitality access, 2 participants in pre-match kids tunnel, 1 participant in legend’s clinic (Date TBD), and an autographed 2014 Kastles placard.

FMV: $6,800
Donors: Jean-Marie and Raul Fernandez, Norma and Russ Ramsey,
Ambassador and Abeer Al Otaiba, Washington Kastles

Sotheby's - Luxury Insider’s Tour of New York

This exclusive escape begins when you and your guest take First Class seats on board the Acela to New York. Your car and driver will meet you at Penn Station and whisk you to the glamorous new Baccarat Hotel on Madison Avenue. That evening, enjoy a spectacular dinner at Mario Battali's Babbo Ristorante, one of the City’s most sought-after reservations. After a leisurely breakfast the next morning, stop at Hermes and use your gift card for a perfect memento of your weekend. Later that day, enjoy lunch at Bergdorf Goodman’s Penthouse Restaurant overlooking Central Park. Following lunch, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Sotheby's, the world's most renowned auction house with one of the world-class art experts. A luxurious gift bag from TTR Sotheby's International Realty awaits you following the tour. Your day concludes with dinner at the uber chic, Hakkasan where London meets Shanghai followed by premier seats at the most acclaimed Broadway show of your choice.The next morning after a quiet breakfast in your suite, the Acela anticipates your return to Washington. This is luxury at its finest.

FMV: $10,000
Donors: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Night at the Embassy of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand: Authentic Thai Dinner for 12 persons at the historic Thai ambassador 's residence

Experience the sights, sounds and senses of Thailand—all in the Capital city of the United States. You and your 11 guests will enjoy a special Thai culinary experience hosted by Mr. Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, and his wife. You’ll arrive at Codman - Davis House, one of Washington's listed on the National register of historic places on Decatur Place and be greeted by the Ambassador and his wife in the Receiving Room. Then, you’ll join them for an authentic Thai dinner served in the formal dining room. Each dish will be especially designed to reflect authenticity of Thai cuisine, desserts will be those which have been served for several hundreds of years from the Royal Court to ordinary homes of all Thais.

FMV: $2,000
Donors: Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the
United States of America

One Week Stay in Jamaica

Enjoy a one week stay in the land that brought you reggae and rum. Twin Palms is a 7 Bedroom villa located on the North Shore of Jamaica at the Tryall Club. The villa is set on 10 very private acres overlooking a 60 mile panoramic view of the Caribbean. Each bedroom has private baths and sitting areas and is elegantly furnished with hand carved mahogany furniture and Jamaican craftsmanship throughout, flat screen TV's and air-conditioning. Swim in the 60 foot negative edge pool and relax in the Jacuzzi after playing golf on the 18-hole championship golf course or a game of tennis. The 2,200 acre Tryall Club also offers a private beach with watersports, shopping, salon/spa and daily afternoon tea. During your stay, you will be pampered by a full staff including chef, butlers, housekeepers and laundress who will provide for you and your guests during your stay. The villa can sleep up to 14 adults, or 10 adults and 8 children. The home also features many spots to enjoy the views, sunsets and the beautifully landscaped garden. The villa is fronted by seven connecting pools of varying depths that flow ingeniously from one to the next. The children's pool is shallow, the adults' pool is long and deep, the whirlpools are bubbly. Twin Palms is the perfect place to gather, unwind, play and restore while enjoying exquisite tradewinds and breathtaking ocean vistas from sunrise to sunset.

FMV: $20,000
Donors: Claire and Al Dwoskin

Rolex Submariner

The iconic divers' watch since 1953. Probably the only divers' watch you can wear with a tuxedo. An indispensable instrument to securely monitor diving time and decompression stops. Fitted with a case back and a Triplock winding crown, which screw down securely like the hatch of a submarine. Rated waterproof to 300 meters. Worn by both men and women.

FMV: $8,550
Donors: Liljenquist & Beckstead

Kennedy Center Exclusive Experience

Opera Ball Package: The Opera Ball is the cornerstone of the Washington National Opera (WNO) event calendar, when Washington’s social elite, government officials, and opera patrons gather together to celebrate the WNO season. You and your guest will receive personalized style services for him and her to get you on your way. For her- a designer gown, shoe and handbag selections will be made- and for him a dapper tuxedo with all the accoutrements from DC’s favorite luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue before heading to this spectacular and always stunning annual event where guests will join intimate black-tie dinners hosted by Ambassadors around the city before convening at the residence of the Ambassador of Germany for dessert, dancing, and performances. The package includes a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC, in a one-bed room Capital Suite and Sunday brunch for two. Tickets are for Saturday, June 6, 2015. Includes complimentary parking at the Kennedy Center.
NSO Ball Package: Each year, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball kicks off the NSO season with a spectacular concert. The winner of this auction will enjoy two tickets to a classical and pops performance on Sunday, September 20, 2015, conducted by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, followed by dinner and dancing on the South Plaza.

FMV: $9,521
Donors: Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC,
Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase, UAE Embassy


See Italy through the eyes of Italian Native Franco Nuschese and experience all this wonderful country has to offer! You and a guest will fly business class on Emirates airline from New York City to Milan where you will take a train to Rome to discover the magic of the eternal city! You and your guest will begin in Rome where you will shop, take an exclusive private tour of the Vatican and visit Siena. After exploring the city, you will then take a train out to the country, where you will enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer! Sightseeing in Florence, trips to the area’s best wineries and dinners with views of the vineyards are just a few highlights. The best part of this trip- Franco will work with the winner to customize the details to your taste!

Accommodations, tours, and dinners are included, however transportation within the country and to New York is not included.

FMV: $23,000
Donors: Franco Nuschese and Emirates

Doctor for a Day

Experience an exclusive opportunity to see a day in the life of a doctor at Children’s National. Spend the day learning from and shadowing some of our world-renowned physicians and see exactly what it is like to be a pediatrician on the cutting edge of medicine. You can spend time with a pediatric radiologist, cardiologist, and surgeon, and experience some simulated “interventions”, control a surgical robot, and much more. Includes lunch with President and CEO , Dr. Kurt Newman. Package to be customized to your areas of interest.

FMV: $1,000
Donors: Children’s National Health System
  • Fox News's Bret Baier and UAE Ambasador Team Up for Children's National Medical Center — The Washington Post
  • Party Diary: Children's National Ball Raises $10.7 Million for Hospital — The Reliable Source, The Washington Post
  • Children's Ball Dream Turns to $10.7M Reality: Black Tie Benefit Boasts Performance by Jennifer Hudson, Menu by Wolfgang Puck and Nobu — Revamp.com
  • Children Inspire One of DC's Most Successful Charity Events to Date — K Street Magazine
  • Children's Ball Raises Nearly $10.8 Million — The Daily Bret blog
  • Children's National Raises a Record-Breaking $10.7 Million at the 8th Annual Children's Ball — Pamela's Punch
  • Where Does a Celebrity Chef Have Lunch in DC? Reliable Source — The Washington Post
  • Fashion for Paws and Children's Ball! — Bisnow: The Scene
  • The Mom Bond: Two Friend Learn the Meaning of Being There — Washingtonian Mom
  • Charity Spotlight: Fundraiser for Children’s National Medical Center — Nobu Magazine

Children's National Health System is dedicated to providing the best pediatric care for patients, families, and the community. As the premier provider of pediatric care in the region and the only freestanding children's hospital between Philadelphia and Atlanta, Children's National is home to numerous institutes, centers, and specialized units featuring innovative physicians, nurses, and academic experts working together to find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure different childhood conditions.

Children's National depends on the generosity of others in order to develop innovative therapies, invest in research to cure childhood diseases, and provide access to the same level of world-class care for every child.

Jozlyn was born with sickle cell disease and couldn't participate in many activities, like playing in the snow or going to the pool because of her illness. Sickle cell causes inflammation and tremendous pain, chronic anemia, serious infections, and damage to body organs, which required Jozlyn to spend much of her time in the hospital. But three years ago, Jozlyn had a bone marrow transplant, and is now leading a different sort of life. She's back at school and is a cheerleader, and is enjoying all that life has to offer.