BaseBall Gala a success!

  • Patient Ambassadors at the Gala

    The Base Ball

    We welcome our 2016-17 UNC Children's Patient Ambassadors: Lukas, Patrick, Collin, and Angelica.

  • Coach Fox at the microphone

    The Base Ball

    Welcoming our guests was Head Baseball Coach Mike Fox, who served as honorary host of the Gala.

  • Boshamer dressed for the Gala

    The Base Ball

    Boshamer Stadium was all dressed up for the BaseBall Gala.

  • Fund the Promise

    The Base Ball

    Our “Fund the Promise” pledge supported UNC Children’s pediatric gastroenterology program. Division Chief Dr. Francisco Sylvester addressed the crowd before the bid paddles went up!

  • Jones Angell and Lukas

    The Base Ball

    The Voice of the Tar Heels – Jones Angell – served as emcee of the Gala. Jones and Lukas, one of our 2016-17 Patient Ambassadors, took turns at the mic on top of the dugout.

  • The silent auction.

    The Base Ball

    This year’s lineup of more than 80 popular silent auction items featured autographed baseballs, game tickets, and more!

  • Houston Summers talks to the crowd.

    The Base Ball

    UNC-CH senior Houston Summers shared his life stories of a childhood health scare and, later, playing on two minor leagues baseball teams – all prior to becoming a Tar Heel. Summers served the university as 2015-16 student body president and was a member of the varsity track team – a javelin thrower – before graduating in May 2016.

  • Dr. Kelly, Coach Fox and the patient ambassadors.

    The Base Ball

    Kevin Kelly, M.D., Interim Physician-In-Chief of NC Children’s Hospital and Professor/Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UNC-CH, spoke to Gala guests about the pressing need for quality children’s health care; then he remained onstage with Coach Fox to welcome the new Patient Ambassadors.

It was a night of fun and goodwill at the BaseBall Gala on April 30 at UNC’s Boshamer Stadium. Hosted by UNC Head Baseball Coach, Mike Fox, and emceed by Jones Angell, the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” this year’s Gala raised more than $170,000 for UNC Children’s. Peanuts and Cracker Jack included!

On behalf of our physicians, faculty, staff, patients and families, we give thanks to our many sponsors (see below) and guests, as well as our volunteers and in-kind donors, who hit it out of the ballpark for UNC Children’s. Your support of the BaseBall Gala allows us provide critical care to children from all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, regardless of their ability to pay. And we can continue with cutting-edge research that makes it possible to find new discoveries for treating childhood diseases.

Thank you for your much-needed support. We’ll see you in 2017 for the GolfBall!

Our sponsors:

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  • Scott Aaron
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • Extraordinary Ventures, Friends of the Ireland Family Foundation
  • Tom and Lisa Hazen
  • LabCorp
  • Chris and Ann Smith through The Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation
  • UNC Health Care
    UNC Health Care



  • Kim Dawson, Coldwell Banker ADVANTAGE Realty
  • Wesley and Jan Burks
  • Dave and Toni Darville
  • John and Janina DeMasi
  • Kevin Kelly and Christine Walsh-Kelly
  • Perkins + WillPerkins + Will logo