• Saturday, May 19th | Gala Starts at 6:00pm | Black Tie Preferred

    The Archie Griffin Ballroom | Ohio Union at The Ohio State University | 1739 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43210

  • Buy Tickets & Tables
  • Donate to the Auction
  • Purchase Raffle Ticket
  • Register for Bidding
  • The Childhood League Center is a leader in early childhood education, providing the most effective interventions and therapies for children with special needs and empowering families to be fierce advocates.

    Since 1949 Merry Go Round has been the single, largest, annual fundraiser supporting The Center.

  • Stilts – Fire – Performance Art

    From astonishing acrobatics to entrancing tarot card readings and fanciful entertainment, come enjoy a night of whimsy and wonder sure to delight the kid in us all!

    Watch The Amazing Giants in Action Here!

  • 5:30pm l REGISTRATION OPENS

    6:00pm l COCKTAIL PARTY FULL OF WHIMSICAL DELIGHTS

                             Allow yourself to get caught up in the wonder and fun of:
                                          • Riveting Raffle & Astonishing Silent Auction
                                          • Shimmering Diamond Giveaway
                                          • Tarot Card Readings
                                          • Roaming Entertainers

    7:30pm l DINNER & PROGRAM

                               Make a lasting connection with the inspiring children of The Childhood League
                               Center and be thoroughly captivated by the Amazing Giants aerial performers

    8:15pm l KICK UP YOUR HEELS TO THE SOUNDS OF SOUL KITCH’N

  • Win four (4) Central Park West Uptown Grandstand Tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® featuring the best of America’s High School and College marching bands, dazzling floats, our world-famous giant balloons and, of course, the one and only Santa Claus.

    With 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of NYC and over 60 million watching on NBC, you and 3 guests can be front and center to see this magnificent spectacle!

  • PRESENTING SPONSOR

    MOBILE BIDDING SPONSOR

    Nationwide

    PARTNERS OF THE CENTER

    Cardinal Health
    LIVE! Technologies

    MEDIA SPONSOR

    Buckeye Lifestyle

  • SMILE ZONE SPONSOR

    James Hutta Orthodontics

    FRIENDS OF THE CENTER

    Diamond Hill Capital Management
    The Edwards Group at Morgan Stanley

    CENTER SUPPORTERS

    Abercrombie & Fitch
    Jones Day

    Maple Orthodontics
    Oswald Companies
    Porter Wright

    Waller Financial Planning Group
    White Castle

    BEER SPONSOR

    North High Brewing

    INVITATIONS PRINTED BY

    PrintSource

    IN-KIND DONATIONS

    Pistacia Vera

  • HONORARY CHAIRS

    Gloria & James Merkel
    Gena & James Merkel
    Michelle Merkel Yoakam
    & Greg Yoakam

    Tiffany & Christopher
    Baronzzi
    Tara & Paul Bautista
    Jessica & Matt Blackburn
    Veronica & Tony Bradley
    Melissa & Nick Braun
    Brooke & Jordan Braunstein
    Erika & Jacob Bray
    Rhonda & Dave Brotherton
    Krysta Butler
    Laura & Brian Butler
    Sarah & Joseph Buxton
    Cara & Tony Callander
    Sara & Matt Canterbury
    Karleya & Bryan Chard
    Molly & David Cline
    Veronica Cole & John Darrah

  • Stephanie & Ken Collins
    Jennifer Dodge
    Carrie & Thomas Dutton
    Dawn Elias & Timothy Smith
    Fran & Bryan Evans
    Asal & Frank Farhadi
    Kate & Kevin Firestine
    Alex Fliotsos
    Brooke & Paul Gault
    Courtney Gibson
    Amy & Eric Gohs
    Amanda & Bob Hanna
    Kristin & Tim Harpe
    Carly & Dave Hazard
    Courtney & Brian Heinmiller
    Courtney Hessenauer
    Sarah Hollis & Damian Petrescu
    Lori & Ben Horne
    Megan & Scott Hulme
    Kerry & Jim Hyre
    Rachel & Andrew Kellerman
    Laura & Adeel Khan
    Jenna & Max Laird
    Taylor MacEachen
    Kori & Nicholas Manus
    Abigail Mathieson
    Whitney & Alex Mazzenga

  • Paige & John Minor
    Lisa & Matthew Moellering
    Jenny & Mathew Mundwiler
    Brooke & Joe Niedecken
    Elizabeth & Matt O’Donnell
    Michelle & Chris Olsgard
    Bryn & Phillip Pelok
    Erin Radley
    Hallie & Matthew Raskin
    Clare & Jude Reter
    Kate Ricchetti
    Deena & Mike Robinson
    Brookly & John Rosen
    Audrey & Kevin Schainker
    Celia Kilgard Schnupp &
    Michael Schnupp
    Jen & Michael Short
    Heather & Benjamin Skurek
    Ilana & Andy Spector
    Mackenna & Eric Stewart
    Stacey Stine-Frawley & Jim Frawley
    Katie Street
    Jaime & Brett Thornton
    Katie & Nick Twining
    Ashley Walton
    Adrienne & Jason Yanich
    Sara Zancan & Kirk Vollkommer

  • Merry Go Round has taken place every May since 1949. It’s a tradition that brings together hundreds of people for a lot of fun—and it raises around 15% of our budget every year.

    Join in the fun by becoming a sponsor, attending the event, advertising in the playbill, or donating to or bidding on live and silent auction items.

    An Engaging Performance!

    A wonderful night was had by all who attended the 69th Annual Merry Go Round Gala presented by American Electric Power – AEP! More than 400 guests enjoyed incredible auctions, fun games and were thoroughly entertained by internationally-acclaimed mentalist, Sidney Friedman. Emcee Jerod Smalley kept the delightful evening flowing and called up a special guest to help him with the program – Shermayne Dixon. Shermayne is a Center alumni with a great success story and very bright future.

    The crowd made a heart-to-heart connection with her and her family that truly signified the importance of this event in helping more children at The Childhood League Center. The evening wrapped up to the upbeat hits of the Bluewater Kings Band as everyone kicked up their heels at yet another incredible #MerryGoRound! Thank you to all who came! Please help tag the photos of your friends. And save the date for May 19, 2018 – we hope to see you again next year!

    Award Winners:
    • Beth Grimes-Flood (AB X), The Eleanor Craig Bowsher Award
    • Jeannie and Tom Flesch (AB X), The Carousel Award
    • Marty Starkey, The Scott Trimmer Outstanding Employee Service Award
    • Assisting Boards IX and X, The Marian Fulton Award
    • Jane and Ned Barthelmas (AB V), The Schoedinger Family Service Award
  • 2017 Sidney Friedman & The Ohio Union

  • See the History of MGR & The Center

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