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Kennedy Krieger’s Hats & Horses raises more than $400K for PediaCORE

The sixth annual Hats & Horses, a derby-themed evening that benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute, enjoyed an in-person event for the first time since 2019 as the event raised more than $400,000 for PediaCORE, an institute-designed and created movement therapy system for children.

For the first time since 2019, the fun-filled event was held in-person, although the extravaganza almost did not make it out of the gate. Originally scheduled for the fall, the event organizers, the Women’s Initial Network (WIN) of Kennedy Krieger Institute, postponed the party to May 5 because of last fall’s rise in COVID-19 cases.

Once the event date arrived, more than 220 guests gathered at The Winslow Parker Metal Building in Baltimore to enjoy an evening of entertainment, a silent auction and a menu catered by Linwoods Restaurant. News reporter Mindy Basara from WBAL-TV, channel 11 hosted the evening.

Money raised during Hats & Horses funds an ongoing clinical trial of PediaCORE, a virtual reality system with a touch screen that helps children increase their reach, stretch and core strength. The unique movement therapy system helps children gain or regain mobility after surgery, injury or disease.

More than 30 sponsors partnered with WIN and Kennedy Krieger to make Hats & Horses a success.

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Hats & Horses guests were treated to a champagne wall during the celebration. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

The tables are set at The Winslow Parker Metal Building in south Baltimore for the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Shonte Eldridge, Michel Modell, Nicole Keelty, Lizzy Sweeney and Vanessa Fava take time for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Mindy Basara, a news reporter from WBAL-TV, channel 11, addresses the crowd as the emcee of the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Hats & Horses 2022 event co-chairs Cynthia Cavanaugh, Shari Tompkins and Aimee Fulchino smile for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Dr. Amy Bastian from Kennedy Krieger talks with the guests as she shares how funds raised during the event will benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Sue Novotny, Peter Gossett, Tom Novotny, Dr. Nancy Grasmick and Howard Menacker attended Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor during Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Jennifer Keller, Nayo Hill, Dr. Amy Bastian, Dr. Brad Schlaggar and Dr. Hristina Schlaggar enjoy their time at the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Matt Klatsky, Lindsay Klatsky, Neal Furman and Rebecca Furman attended the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Lindsay Klatsky, Matt Levinson and Rebecca Furman enjoy a conversation at the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Back row, from left, Jack Cavanaugh, Chris Block, Scott Giese and Evan Athanas pose for a photo with front row, from left Lisa Frank, Terri Block, Emily Athanas, Ashley Giese and Cynthia Cavanaugh. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)

From left, Mara Lee Khouzami, Carim Khouzami, Ajit Apte, Uttara Apte, Mike Cloyd and Lisa Cloyd enjoy some time together as their table during the Hats & Horses 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Krieger Institute)