PHILADELPHIA—Richard D. Wood Jr. and family of the Wawa convenience store chain was recognized for long-time support of and contributions to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at the hospital’s 2019 Carousel Ball on Oct. 12.
“Through their commitment and generosity, they help play a role in what is next for the Cardiac Center–innovative treatments, ground-breaking research, and ultimately better outcomes for patients affected by heart disease,” Dr. Jonathan Chen, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the Cardiac Center, told the 900 people attending the fundraiser.
He noted that Wawa has helped transform the lives of countless CHOP patients and their families. Richard Wood Sr. led the project to move CHOP from its original South Philadelphia location to its current University City location. In addition, Wawa helped the hospital create a chair endowment to ensure the future of a health program and provides free coffee and beverages for hospital visitors every day.
“All of us at the Wawa family and my own family have the deepest gratitude for the professionals at CHOP, who are innovating every day and constantly finding better ways to treat and care for patients,” said Richard D. Wood Jr., chairman of Wawa. “The CHOP mission hits close to home for so many of us, and we are honored to continue supporting that mission and look forward to a future full of life-changing breakthroughs.”
This year’s fund-raising ball, presented by Wawa convenience stores, raised a record $3.5 million to benefit the facility’s Cardiac Center, CHOP reported. An annual event since 1957, the ball has celebrated the hospital’s many remarkable discoveries in pediatric medicine and honored countless supporters who have helped fuel medical discoveries.
Children’s Hospital has a long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country.