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“Christine’s Christmas” Slated for December 5 to Benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Columbus, OH - 10/2/2009
During the holidays, we reflect on our loved ones who have touched our hearts. Six years ago, Christine Wilson and four of her friends perished in a tragic fire near the campus of The Ohio State University. To honor her precious life, the 6th annual “Christine’s Christmas” will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at Dublin Jerome High School.

Christine had a passion for bettering the lives of those around her, particularly children, and this special charity concert keeps that passion – and her memory – alive. The event benefits the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that provide assessment, long term treatment and support, research, prevention and advocacy, assists abused children and victims of domestic violence.

The concert features pianist Mark King who, inspired by his friend Christine, records and performs Christine’s Christmas. He is joined on stage by special guest choirs, vocal soloists and a variety of musical talent.

The performance is followed by an 8:30 p.m. reception at Muirfield Village Golf Club that features hors d’oeuvres, a buffet of tempting desserts and cash bar. In addition, guests can finish their holiday shopping by taking part in the silent auction that includes a variety of items ranging from artwork and landscaping packages to sports memorabilia and spa gift certificates.

Reservations are $50 for adults and $20 for students. To make reservations, please visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/ChristinesChristmas or call (614) 355-0810.

The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an innovative partnership between Nationwide Children’s and the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. The center’s mission is to transform the way the community responds to family violence. The Center accomplishes this work through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that provide assessment, long term treatment and support, research, prevention and advocacy. Housed in a facility on the campus of Nationwide Children’s, the Center is the first of its kind in the nation to fully integrate services for child abuse and family violence under one roof. Additional information on the Center can be found at www.NationwideChildrens.org/CCFA.

The Christine Wilson Foundation was formed to honor the memory of Christine Wilson who, on April 13, 2003, perished in a tragic fire near The Ohio State University campus along with four friends. Her family and friends honor Christine’s love of giving through the Christine Wilson Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to provide annual scholarships to incoming freshmen planning to attend Bishop Watterson High School and to reach to other Columbus community charities involving children. Additional information on the Foundation can be found at www.christinewilsonfoundation.org.

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