Children Inspire One of DC’s Most Successful Charity Events to Date

Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa
One of the most successful charity events in DC to date happened Friday night as the annual “Children’s Ball” for the Children’s National Medical Center raised $10,734,300 at its eighth annual Gala at the West End Ritz Carlton.  All funds will directly support pediatric care and research, improving the health of children in the Washington area and around the world.

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“This unprecedented level of support will enable us to provide the best possible care and develop new therapies and cures for childhood diseases,” said Kurt D. Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children’s National.  “We are grateful to our co-chairs and our generous sponsors for making the 2014 Children’s Ball such a historic success.”

Among those supporters were His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba (co-Chair), United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S., and his wife Abeer,
and Amy and Bret Baier, (co-Chair) anchor of “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Fox News  Channel. Both couples have children who have been treated at Children’s National.

“Amy and I were proud to partner with the Ambassador and Abeer on this special event for a cause that we care deeply about,” shared Baier.  “The funds raised through the Children’s Ball will help children like ours, and will impact the health of children in the Washington area and around the world.”

The event featured a surprise appearance by Grammy- and Academy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson as well as dinner created and prepared by Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa.  An enticing live auction — and an after-hours lounge and dance party — completed the scene.

Lead image (L to R) Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador to the United States, his wife Abeer, Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa, Amy Baier and her husband, Bret Baier, Fox News Channel anchor. 

*All images courtesy of Children’s National Health System

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