Evening of Hope to Benefit the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

March 26, 2009

The Sixth Annual Evening of Hope to benefit the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Childrens Hospital will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Bon Vie Bistro and Wine Bar, located at Easton Town Center. The event, co-chaired by Rachel and Scott Friedman, Brooke and Brendan ONeill, and Sarah Windels Ziegler, will feature the best of Bon Vie along with entertainment from special musical guests Conspiracy. 

The event is hosted by Abigail and Leslie Wexner, along with the Easton Community Foundation and Bravo! Development, Inc., with premier sponsor Grange Insurance. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, 100 percent of the proceeds from Evening of Hope will benefit the Center for Child and Family Advocacy. 

Tickets for Evening of Hope are $250 per person. All tickets must be purchased in advance. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.nationwidechildrens.org/eveningofhope, or contact Rachel Whisner, Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation, (614) 355-0888.

The Center for Child and Family Advocacy is an innovative partnership between Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. The centers mission is to transform the way our 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 Hospital, 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.

Easton Town Center was co-developed by The Georgetown Company and Steiner + Associates. Opened in June 1999, Easton is a $225 million, 1.5 million square-foot New Urban Retail center that features pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air gathering spaces, fountains and parks for children, in addition to over 160 best-of-class retail, entertainment and dining tenants. The International Council of Shopping Centers honored Easton with an Innovative Design Award in 2000. The development draws more than 30 million visits annually and is on the Internet at www.eastontowncenter.com.

Bravo Development, Inc. (BDI) owners of Bravo Cucina Italiana, Brio Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro, operates 70 restaurants in over 20 states.  All three concepts are opened 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and are positioned as "upscale-affordable".  The concepts appeal to a broad base of guests from business people and young professionals to families and empty nesters.  For more information please visit www.bestitalianusa.com.

Grange Insurance, with $2 billion in assets and $1.3 billion in annual revenue, is an insurance provider based in Columbus, Ohio. Through its network of independent agents, Grange offers auto, home, life and business insurance protection. Established in 1935, the company and its affiliates serve policyholders in 13 states. For more information, visit www.grangeinsurance.com.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.