Media Advisory: Kids Come First Campaign Kick-Off Celebrations at Three Central Ohio Kroger Locations

June 1, 2012

“Kids Come First” Campaign Kick-Off Celebrations at Three Central Ohio Kroger Locations
Kroger campaign benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital; runs through June 30, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – media opportunity

Store 867 Hilliard – 2525 Hilliard-Rome Rd., Hilliard 43026
Store 819 Graceland – 199 Graceland Ave., Columbus 43214
Store 898 Powell – 3975 West Powell Rd., Powell 43065
*note: the kick-off celebrations occur Saturday at the three Kroger locations listed above; the June “Kids Come First” campaign is at all central Ohio Kroger stores

On Saturday, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kroger celebrate the start of a month-long campaign that benefits the hospital. 

During the entire month of June, and at all central Ohio and Ohio Valley Kroger grocery check-outs, customers will have the opportunity to purchase a paper butterfly for $1 (or donate more). One hundred percent of every dollar raised from the sale of the paper butterflies benefit patients receiving care at Nationwide Children’s.

The campaign kick-off celebrations at the three Kroger locations (Hilliard, Graceland and Powell), feature complimentary hot dogs, Kroger’s mascot, Pepe, balloon artists, face painters, the opportunity to participate in “The Columbus Wishing Tree Project” and athletic trainers from Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine who will offer fun flexibility and agility drills for kids of all ages. The Sports Medicine team at the hospital also will have resources available on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities.

Also available at the event, will be summer safety tips for parents including sun, car, window, pool, playground and backyard safety for their kids.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations 
(614) 355-0495

Debbie Sheppard
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Cell: (614) 205-7759

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 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 1.5 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