MEDIA ADVISORY: Spirit of Children to Present Check Donation to Nationwide Childrens Hospital's Child Life Services Program

January 20, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY
WHAT: Spirit of Children will present a check to Nationwide Children’s Hospital announcing donations raised during its 2016 Spirit Halloween in-store campaign. The Child Life Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the beneficiary.
 
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
 
WHERE: Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Media representatives are asked to park in the lot on the west side of Parsons Ave., between the Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Ave. and Research Building III at 575 Children’s Crossroad (building sits on the corner of Livingston and Parsons). Turn west onto Children’s Crossroad from Parsons Ave. and then turn right into the parking lot.  From there, walk across Parsons Ave. to the main entrance of the hospital where escorts will meet you at the Welcome Desk and provide tokens to exit the lot.
 
WHO: Diane Murczkiewicz, Stephanie Meyro and Karen Armstrong – Spirit of Children
Karen McHugh-Fornadel, Child Life Manager – Family Volunteer Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Donna Noble and Family & Allison Kingsley and Family, Patient Families of Nationwide Children’s Hospital
 
WHY: The mission of the Spirit of Children program is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween. Spirit of Children supports 139 hospitals across the country and Canada through fundraising in their Spirit Halloween stores each fall. This past October, Spirit of Children hosted a Halloween celebration at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, providing hundreds of costumes and goodie bags to patients thanks to the generosity of local Spirit Halloween stores and their vendor partners. Since 2010, Spirit of Children has donated $220,208 to Nationwide Children’s and has raised nearly $37 million on behalf of all 139 hospitals it supports since fundraising began in 2007.
 
-30-
CONTACTS:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Danielle Warner; (614)355-0495/Email: Danielle.Warner@nationwidechildrens.org
Spirit of Children
Diane Murczkiewicz; (330)705-9433; Email: Diane.Murczkiewicz@spirithalloween.com

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 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 1.4 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 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.