Cleveland Clinic Children’s Derby Day Soirée Raises More Than $2.1 million

Funds raised from the inaugural event help support lifesaving programs and pediatric research

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The inaugural Cleveland Clinic Children’s Derby Day Soirée raised more than $2.1. million to help support lifesaving programs and advance pediatric research, which is critical to promoting health, training caregivers and transforming patient care for the future.

“As physicians, our mission is to help improve the lives of children. At Cleveland Clinic Children’s we assure that children not only survive, but thrive, and are able to live their best lives to the fullest. We do this by providing the best care, and advancing the care available through research,” said Karen Murray, M.D., chair of the Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and president of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. “The generosity of soirée attendees and other community members enables us to serve our young patients and their families at the highest level, and advance the care available for children.”

Formerly called Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala, the Derby Day Soirée raised funds to support the world-class healthcare the hospital provides its patients and their families when they need it most.

The Derby Day Soirée’s inaugural presenting partners were recognized during the event and included the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Scala Family Foundation and Cleveland Superstars.

The event also featured a special announcement of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s lobby being named after the Derby Day Soirée’s Chair Emeritus Umberto Fedeli and his wife, Maryellen, in honor of a significant gift they made to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

The 2023 Derby Day Soirée is scheduled for May 6, 2023. Follow @CleClinicKids on Twitter for the latest information about Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Cleveland Clinic Children’s supports 389 beds in four acute care hospitals and one post-acute specialty hospital. In addition, pediatric services are available at more than 50 outpatient clinic locations across Northeast Ohio. A staff of more than 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see 750,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for 13,000 children per year. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research, and education. Cleveland Clinic Children’s consistently ranks among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Visit us online at and on Facebook at


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Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 72,500 employees worldwide are more than 5,050 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,800 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 21 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2021, there were 10.2 million total outpatient visits, 304,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 259,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at