Merry Go Round

  • An Exceptional Party & Meaningful Evening

  • Join us for this whimsically, unique event, where in addition to the world-class entertainment, the evening will feature incredible live and silent auction items and packages which are sure to delight! There is even a chance to win a private party with Sidney Friedman for your family and friends!

    Relax with a drink or cocktail, then enjoy delectable food, and make a heart connection to the life-changing work of The Childhood League Center through Auction of the Heart. Finish out the evening dancing to the high-energy and highly sought out, Bluewater Kings Band!

    Sidney Friedman forsees this evening as a night you won’t want to miss!

  • Prepare to have your mind blown at the 2017 Merry Go Round Gala by internationally acclaimed mentalist, Sidney Friedman

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    2017 Merry Go Round Gala | May 14, 2016
    VIP Cocktail Hour @ 5:00pm | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University

  • Join the Festivities and or Make a Kind Donation

  • Fun Festivities

    Huniverse_smlDavid Garibaldi
    Paint, Passion and Purpose

    David Garibaldi is a performance painter whose energy and skill is transformational. Blending paint, music and entertainment he creates large portraits on stage for an entertaining show that has brought people around the world to their feet.

    For our Gala, he will paint 3 distinctive portraits live that will be auctioned off immediately following his performance. All proceeds will benefit the children at The Childhood League Center.

    Visit GaribaldiArts.com

    2016-Raffle-TicketsGrand in Your Hand

    A $25 raffle ticket buys you one chance to win $1,000 in cash. $100 buys you five chances. No limit on ticket purchases. Be our grand prize winner by purchasing tickets online here or at the event by 11:59pm EST 5/14/16. You do not need to be present to win. Winner will be drawn following the event and notified.

  • 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!

    More than 400 guests were entertained by The League’s performance at Merry Go Round 2015: Making Futures Bright. During Auction of the Heart, where people donate generously to the mission of The Center, hearts were warmed through the compelling story of Center family Isaac and his mom, Tara. To hear their touching story, click here. Debbie Penzone also spoke of her most remembered student, Holly, who was there for a surprise reunion! Within minutes, over $120,000 was raised – ensuring bright futures for many more children! The generosity of the central Ohio community continues to impress and provide for our community’s most vulnerable children. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, AEP, and to all who donated their time, goods, services, talents and money to making this event so successful!

    The generosity of the central Ohio community continues to impress and provide for our community’s most vulnerable children. Thank you for your support of The Center! A special thank you as well to all of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, AEP. We are thankful for all who donated their time, goods, services, talents and money to making this event so successful.

    Award Winners:
    • D.A. Kreinbihl (AB IV), The Eleanor Craig Bowsher Award
    • The University & Northwest Sertoma Club, The 2015 Carousel Award
    • Diane Ingber, The Scott Trimmer Outstanding Employee Service Award
    • Assisting Board V, The Marian Fulton Award
    • Susan Campbell, The Schoedinger Family Service Award
  • David Garibaldi & The Ohio Union Space

  • See the History of Merry Go Round
    and The Center

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