Central Ohio Restaurants Support Nationwide Childrens Hospital

March 1, 2010

The Central Ohio Restaurant Association (CORA) is teaming up with the Arnold Sports Festival to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the week leading up to this year’s event March 4-7 in Columbus.

Now through the conclusion of the Arnold Sports Festival, participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds, respectively (special menu items, etc.), to benefit Nationwide Children’s. To view a complete list of participating CORA restaurants, and to see how you can help those who help the hospital, visit http://www.NationwideChildrens.org/Arnold.

“CORA is proud to be a community partner with the Arnold Sports Festival and Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Scott Heimlich, CORA secretary and owner of Barcelona Restaurant. “The Arnold Sports Festival makes a very large positive impact on our local economy and the restaurant industry. This is our way of giving back to the community and the great work that Nationwide Children’s does. We are looking forward to many years of this partnership.”

In addition to the CORA restaurant specials, the public can participate in a raffle featuring two tickets to a luncheon with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; an autographed Lance Armstrong cycling jersey; and a one-year membership with one month personal training at iResolve Fitness. Winners will be drawn and announced Sunday, March 7 at the Arnold Sports Festival. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at http://NationwideChildrens.org/Arnold, or at booth #804 during the event. Proceeds benefit Nationwide Children’s.

In November 2009, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Arnold Sports Festival announced a five-year partnership with the hospital serving as both a philanthropic beneficiary and official youth sports health partner for the event. As part of the new relationship, Nationwide Children’s will provide its sports medicine expertise in guiding medical services for the thousands of youth athletes that compete annually at the Arnold Sports Festival. The Nationwide Children’s team will focus on sports predominantly attended by youth athletes including archery, wrestling, fencing, cheerleading, dance, figure skating, gymnastics, karate, Tae Kwon Do and new this year, skateboarding.

The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation with more than 17,000 athletes competing in 44 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. The 2010 Arnold Sports Festival will be held March 4-7 in downtown Columbus and is expected to attract more than 170,000 sports and fitness enthusiasts. The Sports Festival Weekend is supported by more than 600 volunteers, including 150 physicians and nurses protecting the 17,000 athletes who compete each year. More information is available at http://www.ArnoldSportsFestival.com.

Participating CORA Restaurants:

The Acme Hotdog & Sausage Company
Barcelona Restaurant
Columbus Fish Market
Culver’s of Columbus
D & E-Z-O’s Pizza
Flanagan’s Pub
Gordon Biersch
J. Gumbo’s
Katzinger’s Delicatessen
Mary Kelleys
Massey’s Pizza
Panera Bread
Phillips Original Coney Island
Pizzeria New York, Pickerington
Roosters Restaurants
White Castle

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.