Merry Go Round

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  • STOP HOPING. START BELIEVING.

    Saturday, May 20th | VIP Party at 5:00pm | Gala at 6:00pm

    * Beer and Wine Included | * Black Tie Preferred
    Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University

    Prepare to have your mind blown by internationally acclaimed mentalist, Sidney Friedman! Make a lasting connection with the kids of The Childhood League Center as you hear about its incredible work. Enjoy a night of fun, entertainment and a mission you can believe in!

  • “We love Sidney!” Hoda Kotb, Today Show

    “Eerily accurate!” Carrie Seim, New York Post

    Sidney combines his masterful intuition, exceptional music ability, and unique perspective of the mind for an engaging performance that will leave the audience in disbelief!

    Mentalist (n): A person who excels at extra-mental abilities, such as telepathy, intuition, math, probability, perception, and psychological understanding of behavior.

  • Watch Sidney in Action Here!


  • Get the ultimate star treatment with exclusive access to the special VIP Party starting at 5pm.

    VIP Party includes:

    • Hors d’oeuvres
    • Wine, beer, premium drinks
    • Intimate gathering with mentalist Sidney Friedman
    • Special acknowledgment of our 2017 award winners
    • Musical entertainment by the Bluewater Kings Band
    • 2 premium drink tokens for the Gala

  • PRESENTING SPONSOR

    AEP Logo - Childhood League Center

    BAR SPONSOR

    The Awesome Company

    MOBILE BIDDING SPONSOR

    Nationwide

  • PARTNER OF THE CENTER

    HFI, LLC 

    CENTER FAMILY VIDEO

    LIVE! Technologies

    Waller Financial Planning Group

    FRIENDS OF THE CENTER

    Cardinal Health
    Diamond Hill
    L Brands
    Morgan Stanley
    State Auto Insurance

    SMILE ZONE SPONSOR

    James Hutta Orthodontics

  • BID PADDLE SPONSOR

    White Castle

    CENTER SUPPORTER

    Abercrombie and Fitch
    Bob-Boyd Lincoln-Mercury
    Brady Ware
    Corna Kokosing
    Cramer & Associates
    Crowe Horwath
    Friedman & Mirman Co.
    Jones Day
    Maple Orthodontics
    Porter Wright
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP

    INVITATIONS PRINTED BY

    PrintSource

    IN-KIND DONATIONS

    DeSantis Florist & Greenhouses
    Edward Warren Jewelers
    Joe Niedecken
    Orange Barrel Media
    Pistacia Vera

  • 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.

    A glowing success!

    The 2016 Merry Go Round Gala marked an incredible success to our signature fundraising event with a new, fresh approach while maintaining a nod to our past. Central to the vision around rethinking the event were this year’s co-chairs, Julie Seck and Amy Stevens who seamlessly integrated new fun, traditions and a focus on The Center’s work and mission.

    The evening flew by with over 500 guests enjoying our silent auction with some new twists and games. Emcees Rodney Sutton and Kristyn Hartman of 10TV kept the night flowing. Following an incredible Center family story video, heartfelt stories were shared during Auction of the Heart to a room without a dry eye. The evening then turned to the incredible David Garibaldi who created three original paintings in a live performance and brought the room to their feet! This warmed up the crowd to kick up their heels and end the evening dancing the night away to the incredibly talented The Conspiracy Band.

    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
  • Last Year: David Garibaldi & The Ohio Union

  • See the History of MGR & The Center

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