Nationwide Childrens Hospital Opening Gala featuring Harry Connick Jr., Raises $3.8 Million

June 10, 2012

With a remarkable outpouring of support from the central Ohio community, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Opening Gala, featuring three-time Grammy award winner, Harry Connick Jr., raised an astounding $3.8 million, directly benefiting research at Nationwide Children’s.

With more than 750 people in attendance, the Opening Gala was the first of three public events planned for the dedication weekend, Saturday, June 9 through Monday, June 11, celebrating the completion of the hospital’s new main campus, the largest pediatric expansion ever undertaken in the United States. The black-tie Gala was completely underwritten by a number of supporters, so that all Gala proceeds will directly benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“This was truly a night to remember for our city and our patients because of the amazing gift resulting from this incredible event,” said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children’s CEO. ‘We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of the central Ohio community including the tremendous efforts from our event co-chairs Cindy and Steve Rasmussen, Abigail and Leslie Wexner, and Ann and John Wolfe; their dedication and leadership made this magical night possible.”

“It is an honor to be a part of this unforgettable evening as we celebrate this major milestone in Columbus and in the hospital’s 120-year history,” said Abigail Wexner, board chair of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Gala co-chair. “While we have so much to celebrate this weekend and so much to be thankful for, our work continues and our pursuit for excellence will not rest. Community funding is crucial as we continue to deliver the best possible care and cures to all of our children and families”

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