The Seventh Annual Children’s Ball was held at the National Building Museum May 11 with more than 800 guests, all to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, one of the best pediatric hospitals in the U.S. Emcees were Bret Baier of Fox News and Norah O’Donnell of CBS News. Baier and his wife Amy are especially committed to Children’s National Medical Center as their son Paul was born with five congenital heart defects and has had more than dozen surgeries as a result.
For the first time, two awards were presented at the program: first, the Children’s Innovation Award given to GE Healthcare and accepted by Richard Hausmann, M.D., president and CEO of GE’s Magnetic Resonance. The second honor was the Children’s Advocacy Award, received by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.
The event raised more than any other Children’s Ball and significantly surpassed last year’s total of $1.3 million to hit a whopping $2 million dollars.