On Saturday, October 14, hundreds of community members braved the elements to participate in the 28th Annual Hopebuilders 5K benefiting Atrium Health Levine Children’s. For the second consecutive year, the fundraiser was hosted in partnership with the Charlotte Knights and held at Truist Field in Uptown Charlotte. Thanks to the tremendous support of corporate sponsors, participants, and donors, the Hopebuilders 5K has raised over $3 million since the event’s inception nearly three decades ago.

“Because of community support, Levine Children’s Hospital has quickly grown into a nationally renowned facility,” said Megan Cody, administrative director of Atrium Health Levine Children’s, to event supporters. “Because of you, Levine Children’s is a place that is so special, it continues to attract the very best talent from across the country to provide the very best care for our children. And that’s why we’re here today: To continue to uphold this amazing place, which is truly a jewel in the crown of the queen city.” 

Rain didn’t stop the party for Team KIDney Krusaders (left), which raised over $2,200, and Team HaydenRocks (right), which raised over $1,800 for patient initiatives at Levine Children’s.

Many Levine Children’s department-led teams came out to show their support, including the KIDney Krusaders, Rheumatology Rockstars, and Pulmonary Superheroes, which was recognized as the top community fundraising team. Barings was named the top corporate fundraising team, while Dr. Ashley Chadha secured the top individual fundraiser award.

A longtime sponsor of the Hopebuilders 5K, Barings’ recent support has supported the renovation of Levine Children’s Hospital’s third-floor diagnostic suite and the purchase of additional medical equipment to ensure patients receive the very best care in a comfortable space.

“So many families came together to rally around the needs of Levine Children’s Hospital,” said Kellie McGregor, assistant vice president of development at Atrium Health Foundation. “Here we are in 2023 and the hospital is doing phenomenal things. We’ve got great clinical care, great community support, and this is a way for us to get together and give back to everyone who made this hospital a reality.”

Almost thirty years since its inception, the Hopebuilders 5K continues to inspire tremendous generosity from the Charlotte community and beyond. To learn more about opportunities to support Atrium Health Levine Children’s, visit AtriumHealthFoundation.org/LCH.

With special thanks to our corporate event sponsors: 


DeMayo Law Offices 

Office Environments 

Samet Corporation 

HITS 96.1 


Click here to view event photos by Aguallo Studios.