Children’s Medical Research Foundation's third Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala raised almost $100,000 for the support of international pediatric research projects.

The Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) hosted their third Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala on Thursday evening, September 13, 2018 in New York City. The event raised almost $100,000 for the support of international pediatric research projects across the areas of oncology, cardiology and immunology. The Gala is the part of a number of events held globally by the Foundation and takes place in partnership with The Ireland Funds. Over the course of the dinner’s 3 year history, it has raised over almost half a million dollars.

Special guest on the evening was Irish-American comedian Des Bishop who was joined by 200 guests on the night, which was chaired by Eoin Duane.

Crowds enjoying the Children's Medical Research Foundation gala.

Crowds enjoying the Children's Medical Research Foundation gala.

“This Gala is a way for us to bring attention to the vital funding needed to support the research to treat life-threatening conditions” Duane said.

He continued: “The Emerging Leaders Board is providing funding for some of the very best Irish doctors who eventually find themselves based at several leading US pediatric hospitals. The support of our many American-based donors is critical to this mission and we are looking forward to another wonderful and entertaining evening.”

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Attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Colin Hawkes said, “The funding that I have received through the Clinical Fellowship Program at the National Children’s Research Centre in Ireland has allowed me to train with the best consultants in the world and now placed me at CHOP. The Emerging Leaders Board of CMRF have focused on projects that have a benefit from children whether they are from Crumlin or Cincinnati and that is the key. This is a global effort to help children and do whatever it takes for childhood illness.”

Big laughs on board at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation hosted their third Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala.

Big laughs on board at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation hosted their third Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala.

Speaking at the event Eamonn Coghlan CMRF board member said: “Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin in Ireland is very close to my heart. I was born around the corner and attended several times as a patient. It is amazing what the Emerging Leaders Board are achieving from this event.”

CMRF aims to save and improve sick children’s lives supporting extraordinary care and vital research at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and the National Children’s Research Centre based at Crumlin. 1 in 100 children are born with a structural heart defect, 1 in 19 people in Ireland carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene and 120,000 children will visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in a typical year.

For more visit cmrf.org.

Irish American comedian Des Bishop entertains at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation's third Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala.