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‘Children are our lifeline to the future’

The 20th annual WVU Medicine Children’s Gala welcomed supporters to the City of Lights Saturday to raise money for the children’s hospital.

Over the past 19 years, the event has raised $8.5 million.

This year, 90 sponsors were joined by presenting sponsor, Dr. David A. Rosen and The Rosen Family Foundation.

“Children are our lifeline to the future. Those at a young age are typically innocent victims of their afflictions. As adults, we are responsible for providing them the best chance to survive and thrive,” Rosen said. “The WVU Medicine Children’s Gala provides a pleasurable way to support the hospital in optimizing their care. I step up to give as an individual to set an example of what one can do for children who have had their lives impacted by the need for medical care.”

Emcee Mario Lopez joined the 1,200 guests at Waterfront Marriott for the event, which included dinner, an auction and music by Party on the Moon.

There were also some awards and special recognitions at the gala.

The 2024 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Champion Child Addison Schrock was recognized.
Dr. Federico G. Seifarth, surgeon-in-chief of WVU Medicine Children’s received the Champion for Children Award.

WVU Medicine Children’s outreach clinics and telemedicine services were recognized for work to ensure accessible, equitable and patient-centered healthcare across West Virginia and beyond.

Justin Thompson, CEO of Iron Senergy, received the Community Service Award. His contributions include $1 million to support the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at WVU Medicine Children’s and tickets to allow patients and their families to see Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey in concert.

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