CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 16, 2020 – The 6th Annual Levine Children’s Gala took place virtually this year, raising more than half a million dollars to benefit patient programs at Levine Children’s Hospital. While we were unable to gather and celebrate this spring, Atrium Health’s dedicated supporters honored their commitments to our pediatric patients in a meaningful way. The virtual event was made possible by the generosity of many community sponsors, most notably, presenting sponsor PNC.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to each of our Gala sponsors – PNC, Genesys Global, Brighthouse Financial, Collins Aerospace, Office Environments, Rodgers Builders, The Beck Group, and Truist – for honoring their commitments to Levine Children’s Hospital.
This year’s Gala was scheduled to take place on March 28, 2020 inside the Atrium Health Dome, with more than 600 expected attendees. Just weeks before the premier fundraising event, Atrium Health Foundation made the difficult decision to transition the in-person celebration to an exclusively virtual event. For a two week period, beginning June 1, 2020, supporters were encouraged to bid virtually on a robust selection of auction items from local artists, restaurants, boutiques, small businesses, sports teams, and more.
Included in the virtual auction were five exquisite paintings from fine artists Paul Hastings, Marcy Gregg, Christina Dowdy, Adrian Chu Redmond, and Greg Barnes (pictured from left to right). Each year, this talented group of artists spends a day at Levine Children’s Hospital painting with young patients. The children create a masterpiece to display in their hospital rooms and the artists return home to create a special piece inspired by their time together, donating the artwork to the Levine Children’s auction. For just a short while, the children are able to take their minds off of treatments and surgeries and concentrate on the therapeutic movement of paint brush to canvas.
Thank you to our Auction Donors: Adrian Chu Redmond, Candy and Darren Bing, Carolina Panthers, Christina Dowdy, Clarence Mills, Felipe Edmiston, Greg Barnes, Greta Hord, Joy and Hunter Widener, Marcy Gregg, OM Spa Charlotte, Patricia Beck, Paul Hastings, Peter Millar Charlotte, Paul Simon Company, Sherrard and John Georgius, The Crunkleton – Charlotte, Tiffany and Scott Smith, and Toska European Spa.
Thank you to our dedicated Gala Committee Members: Candy and Darren Bing, Stephanie and Howard Bissell, Monica and Armando Chardiet, Amy and Alfred Dawson, Sherrard and John Georgius, Stephanie and David Gitlin, Mandy and Todd Houser, Emily and Tyler Johnson, Kara and Greg Olsen, Ana and Manuel Rey, Tiffany and Scott Smith, Nazy and Durham Weeks, Amy and Martin Welton, and Joy and Hunter Widener.
This year’s virtual event was a phenomenal success thanks to the generosity of the Levine Children’s Gala sponsors, auction donors, committee members and supporters. We look forward to gathering together once again in 2021 for the 7th Annual Levine Children’s Gala!
Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. It is the most comprehensive facility of its type between Atlanta, and Washington D.C., and is also home to the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care, which support pediatric intensive and cardiovascular surgery patients. Since opening in 2007, the hospital has grown to include more than 30 pediatric specialties and has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”