past events

Each year, more than 400 groups in the Washington, DC, community host special events to raise money and awareness for the work of Children's National Medical Center.    

Kyle's Kamp Memorial Day Tournament - May 25, 2012

Kyle's Kamp Memorial Day Tournament

Kyle’s Kamp Memorial Day Baseball Tournament organizer Rob Hahne dreamed up an original twist for a little league baseball tournament. This year, every team that signed up was encouraged to raise money for Children’s National Medical Center. The six teams that raised the most money were rewarded by playing at the Washington Nationals Stadium for opening ceremonies, with their names appearing on the big screen and announced over the loudspeakers.

Nearly 200 youth baseball teams from the Mid-Atlantic region signed up for the tournament and raised more than $412,000 for Children’s National.

 See pictures from the tournament >> 

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What About the Children! Gospel Concert - October 29, 2011

What About the Children! Gospel Concert

 On a snowy Saturday afternoon in October, Israel Baptist Church was electric with the energy of the “What About the Children!” gospel music celebration hosted by The Wednesday Clergy Fellowship Group, The Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, and The Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of DC and Vicinity. 

Emceed by Sheila Stewart of Radio One, the concert featured Byron Cage, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, and Brittney Wright.  Proceeds from the concert benefited The Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National.

 See pictures from the concert >> 

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Mustaches for Kids - December 9, 2011

Mustaches for Kids 2011 winner: Colonel MustardThey came dressed as Colonel Mustard and Flanders from “The Simpsons”, among other greats. But all 50 men who attended the 6th annual Mustaches for Kids 'Stache Bash had one thing in common---hair on their upper lip and a mission. It was all part of the ‘Stache Bash, an annual event that challenges men to grow mustaches and raise funds for Children’s National. 

The event featured a beauty pageant, of sorts. The Growers competed for trophies awarded to the Sweetest ‘Stache, the Most Fundraisingest ‘Stache, the Best Dressed ‘Stache, and the Creepiest ‘Stache. Sweetest ‘Stache 2011 went to The Brawny Man - saving the world, one paper towel at a time! Together, the guys raised more than $51,000 for Children's National Medical Center.

 See pictures from the event >> 

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Children's Ball - May 7, 2011

Attendees at Children's Ball 2010The guests at Children’s Ball kicked up their heels and raised their glasses to celebrate the successful completion of the institution’s "Transforming Children’s Health” campaign. Surpassing its goal of raising $500 million to support innovations in pediatric medicine, to date, the campaign has generated $506,178,007.

The evening's festivities included special recognition of Children's National's key supporters. 

See photos from the Ball>> 

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Be Brave and Shave Beth El Congregation - March 6, 2011

Be Brave and Shave at Beth El Congregation

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, over 40 dads and sons gathered at Beth El Synagogue in Bethesda to get sheared for a good cause. Through their Be Brave & Shave event, they met their goal of raising $200,000 to help create an outpatient waiting area for the Bone Marrow Transplant program at Children's National.

The much-needed dedicated space will help children fighting cancer and other blood diseases shorten their stay in isolation, decrease exposure to disease, and reduce anxiety for them and their parents.  See pictures from the afternoon > >

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Be Brave and Shave Landon School - February 4, 2011
 Be Brave and Shave--Landon School
On Friday, February 4 more than 40 Landon School students shaved their heads to raise awareness and money to fight childhood cancer. The hockey team sponsored the event prior to that day's game against Gonzaga College High School. Following the singing of the National Anthem, the team removed their helmets to show the crowd their commitment to helping children with cancer.

The brave shavers raised more than $42,000 for the McKnew Endowment within the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National!  See pictures from the event > >

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Dancing After Dark - January 22, 2011

Dancing After Dark 2011

The fourth annual Dancing After Dark to raise money for Children's National Medical Center was held on January 21 at Long View Gallery. The evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing was organized by Children's National Junior Council.

Find out how you can get involved in the Junior Council and help make a difference in the lives of children who need it most--while having fun at the same time!

See pictures from the evening > >

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Who Calls Me Beautiful Fashion Show – November 13, 2010

In His Image fashion show

On November 13, 2010, In His Image Modeling Agency hosted a fashion show at Bethel World Outreach Cultural Center in Montgomery Village, MD.  Child and teen models showcased clothes by local Christian designers, and a portion of the proceeds from the event went to support the Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) at Children’s National.

See pictures from the event > > 


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Kids Care Classic Golf Tournament - June 24, 2010

Kids Care Classic 2010The 5th annual Kids Care Classic golf tournament and luncheon was held on June 24 at the Patuxent Greens Country Club in Laurel, MD.  Guests and Dr. Bear braved the heat on the course, enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, and door prizes at the clubhouse.  The tournament has a loyal following--33 participants have been involved each year since its inception. Children's National is grateful for  their continued support!

See photos from the day>> 

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Lexus Presents Children's Ball - May 8, 2010

Attendees at Children's Ball 2010Children’s Ball has a longstanding tradition of bringing together people committed to the health of children in the Washington area, across the country, and around the world. This year's Ball was held on May 8, 2010, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, where guests enjoyed, dinner, a live auction, and dancing.

In addition to paying tribute to Lexus and other Children’s Ball sponsors, the event honored the government of Abu Dhabi, whose generous gift in 2009 enabled Children’s National Medical Center to establish the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

See photos from the Ball>> 

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ComPassion Golf Tournament - April 26, 2010

participants at the 2010 ComPassion golf tournament

On April 26th, Passion Food Hospitality hosted the 5th Annual ComPassion Golf Tournament at the Reston National Golf Course, followed by an awards reception at Passion Fish restaurant.  Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, it was a great day on the links!  Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $150,000 for Children’s National Medical Center!  

See pictures from the tournament >> 

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Craig Laughlin Benefit- March 26, 2010
 Chris Cooley and Craig Laughlin
Craig Laughlin, the Washington Capitals announcer and a former Capitals player, enlisted many of his fellow Capitals alumni, Washington Redskin Chris Cooley and former Redskin Brian Mitchell to attend the benefit at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant in Gambliss, MD.  It was a fun night with some competitive bidding during the live auction, and approximately $40,000 was raised for Children’s National!

See photos from the evening>> 

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Dancing After Dark - January 23, 2010

 Dancing After Dark 2010

Washington's young philanthropists gathered for an evening of cocktails, dessert, and dancing at Sequoia in Georgetown. Now in its third year, Dancing After Dark was a rousing success--besides having a great time, attendees at the sold-out event raised more than $45,000 for Children's National.

See photos and sign up to find out when tickets go on sale for next year >> 

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THROWDOWN! For Kids - June 19, 2009


They seemed like regular employees of a mid-sized consulting firm about to have lunch. But on June 19, 2009, participants at Bates White pulled out their favorite recipes and squared off in their 2nd annual "THROWDOWN! For Kids" to raise money for Children’s National. The would-be chefs faced off in friendly competition as their colleagues judged their favorite dishes.

When it was time to head back to work, the folks at Bates White had raised more than $2,600 for Children's.  


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Be Brave and Shave - Nov. 19, 2009

Be Brave and Shave, Nov. 15, 2009

On November 15, 2009 more than 80 people had their heads shaved to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Children’s National Medical Center. The event raised more than $200,000. 

In addition to area police and firefighters, Drs. Marianna Horn and Max Coppes also joined in shaving their heads.

 See the brave shavers > >


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Lexus Presents Children's Ball - May 2, 2009

Children's Ball 2009The 2009 Children's Ball at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on May 2 raised more than $830,000 to benefit Children's National Medical Center.  Over 550 guests attended the third annual ball, the signature event of Children’s National, and enjoyed dinner, live auction and dancing.  

In their ninth year of support of the Children's Ball, the Washington Area Lexus Dealers were the title sponsors of the event.  Additional sponsors included Fox News Channel, Beers & Cutler, and PNC Bank.

 See photos from the evening > >

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Van Metre 5-Mile Run - Mar. 28, 2009

Runners at the 2009 Van Metre 5-Mile Race

The 17th Annual Van Metre 5-Mile Race to benefit Children's National Medical Center was held on March 28, 2009. Runners of all ages came out despite the rainy weather, and children earned their medals by participating in the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The event raised $50,000.

See photos from the race > >


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Wig Walk - Dec. 12, 2008
 Wigwalk 2008
Wig Walk was born in December 2004 when Leslie Hall and Kate Farrington collaborated to answer the question, "Where can I wear my fabulous wig?" What started four years ago as a lighthearted attempt to gather friends, keep their heads warm in December, and visit bars in Adams Morgan has morphed into a charity event. All the proceeds from the ticket sales go to Children's National Medical Center. See photos > > 


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Ralph Lauren Shopping Benefit - Dec. 4, 2008

Amy Baier, one of the hosts of the Ralph Laurent Shopping Benefi

Amy (pictured left) and Bret Baier, along with Cindy and Evan Jones, hosted an evening of cocktails and holiday shopping to benefit the Center for Heart, Lung, and Kidney Disease at Children's National Medical Center. Fifteen percent of the evening's sales at the Ralph Lauren store in The Collection at Chevy Chase went to benefit the center. See photos from the event >>



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 Barn Dance for Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex - Oct. 12, 2008
 Evan, Bob & Mimi Schwartz
Bob and Mimi Schwartz hosted a Barn Dance fundraiser on Oct. 12, 2008, to support the creation of a new Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex. Their son, Evan, greeted everyone with a personal message: "Thanks for coming to have some fun. You, along with my mom and dad, are helping to build a world-class clinical and educational center for diabetes in the DC metro area. This is gonna help me and other kids learn how to best treat diabetes and maybe even find a way to get rid of it." See photos from the dance >> 


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Our Trip to the Zoo - Sept. 16, 2008

Children's at the National Zoo

What does a zoo have in common with a children’s hospital? More than you might think, as Children’s Circle of Care members found out on Sept. 16 at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Read more about this special family event and check out our online photo album.



Community events are a great way to support Children's National Medical Center. The planners and participants have fun, raise money, and help spread the word about the vital role the hospital plays in transforming children's health. Learn how to plan your own event, or contact Michelle Chu by email or phone 301-565-8551.

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