Manning returns to Indianapolis to help raise money for children's hospital

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Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is back in the Circle City for the seventh annual Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Celebration of Caring Gala at the FedEx Aircraft Hangar. Through the support of the Manning family, the Celebration of Caring Gala has raised more than $5.1 million for the children’s hospital since its inaugural year in 2008.

Dignitaries and corporate sponsors attended the premier fundraising gala, while Peyton and Ashley Manning served as the honorary chairpersons. This year, country music artist Jake Owen served as the entertainer for the children’s hospital event. Since releasing the chart-topping, GOLD-certified album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The Vero Beach, Fla., native just kicked off JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 in March and will visit more than 75 cities.

During a special awards ceremony, the children’s hospital namesake handed out three awards: a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award given to a community leader who has been an advocate for children’s health in Indiana; and two True Hero awards honoring a patient family and a department of the children’s hospital.

The MVP Award went to the Daughters of Charity. On April 26, 1881, the first four Daughters of Charity came to Indianapolis to begin their mission – converting an abandoned seminary on East Vermont Street into a hospital. Since their arrival 133 years ago, more than 300 Daughters have continued the mission of compassionate service with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

In March 2014, the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louis, announced a gradual transition from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. The Daughters of Charity will be leaving by summer 2014 to serve other areas where the needs are greatest.St. Vincentt officials will be honoring and celebrating the Daughters of Charity’s legacy at a farewell celebration Mass Monday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. A public reception will be held immediately following the Mass at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center across from the Cathedral.

The Pediatric Orthopedic Team and their patient, 5-year-old Steven Parker Jr., were honored with True Hero Awards. Steven was born at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital with more than 40 broken bones, a shattered skull and hemorrhaging in the brain due to a genetic disorder, osteogenesis imperfect (OI) – the most severe his doctors had ever seen. The Orthopedic Team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has performed many surgeries and procedures to ensure Steven’s continued growth. Thanks to the specialized care he has received, Steven is able to attend pre-kindergarten and continues to amaze his family, friends and physicians.

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has grown to more than 300 pediatric specialists, 46 inpatient beds, 15 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and 17 private rooms in the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department since it opened in 2003. The array of pediatric specialists and clinical staff at the comprehensive children’s hospital provide the highest quality of care in emergency medicine, cancer and blood diseases, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonology, otolaryngology, rehabilitation, endocrinology and neurology.

Trilogy sponsors supporting the 2014 Celebration of Caring Gala include: Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman; Northside Anesthesia Services; St. Vincent Emergency Physicians; and Northwest Radiology Network.

Story courtesy of:  Peyton Manning Children's Hospital