Annual Zoo Event Draws a Crowd


It was your average hot summer night in Columbus, Ohio, except that the Columbus Zoo was being taken over by children's cancer supporters. August 4th marked the 13th Annual Hope Street Kids Family Night at the Zoo. Started by Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and Randy Walker, whose nine-year-old daughter Caroline Pryce Walker lost her battle with neuroblastoma in 1999, the event is focused on raising funds and awareness for children's cancer. Hope Street Kids has raised more than $10 million dollars since its founding in 1999.

This year, more than 500 people raised over $60,000 for children's cancer. Guests enjoyed live music, delicious food provided by Bob Evans, and the animals of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium while kids were entertained by carnival games, face painting activities, cookie decorating, moon bounces, carousels and a scavenger hunt.

Led by emcee Ellie Merritt from NBC4 News Columbus, the program featured words from Co-founders Randy Walker and Deborah Pryce thanking guests, and a presentation thanking Stan Robbins of Bob Evans for their generous support. Guests also heard from Dr. Thomas Gross, the Gordon Teter Chair for Pediatric Cancer Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital, who provided a research update about children's cancer. The program concluded and guests enjoyed the activities of the evening, along with the music of the Riverside Rats.

Photo credit: Andrew Matre

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