The Children's Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

The Children’s Inn Host An Evening For Hope 2016

The O'Brien Family. The Children's Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

The O’Brien Family. The Children’s Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

Bethesda, MD – The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) this weekend celebrated its annual fundraising gala, An Evening for Hope at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, drawing a sold-out crowd of nearly 800 government and industry attendees and raising a record $892,000.

The Inn is a non-government nonprofit providing “A Place Like Home” for children and their families while participating in clinical trials at 15 of the 27 research institutes and centers at the NIH. The event featured notable speakers and attendees including NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, The Children’s Inn at NIH CEO Jennie Lucca, and a brave and admirable 13-year-old patient named Connor O’Brien.

NIH CEO Jennie Lucca. The Children's Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

NIH CEO Jennie Lucca. The Children’s Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

American television news correspondent and author James Rosen, chief Washington correspondent for Fox News Channel, was the emcee of the event. Musician Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, formerly with The Doobie Brothers, kicked off the program with an instrumental version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In addition, The Capitol Steps performed a comedic parody of the current presidential candidates. Representatives from major federal health agencies were in attendance, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense Health Agency (DHA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Children's Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

The Children’s Inn Evening for Hope 2016.

The Gala donates all net proceeds to The Children’s Inn whose mission is to reduce the burden of illness and empower the work of NIH clinicians who work tirelessly to find treatments and cures for life-threatening childhood diseases. For more information, please go HERE.

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