Cheers! Fundraiser for Brenner Children’s Hospital

No parent ever wants to hear their child is facing a possible life threatening medical diagnosis. Suddenly the milestones of childhood become even more important for the child and while the focus is on the child’s treatment, families can face the dilemma of choosing between affording medications or other daily needs. For those families of children at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital facing financial concerns, The Brenner Children’s Hospital Fund was established to support families with initiatives throughout Brenner Children’s Hospital. This fund helps meet immediate patient and family needs for things like meals, medication, home health equipment, transportation and much more for families traveling from all over western NC and VA. 

On November 4th, 2022, the 19th annual Cheers! for Brenner Children’s event took place on an unseasonably warm fall night at Truist Baseball Stadium in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, presented by Chadyn Carter and Ginger Aydogdu of Simply Southern. The 200 plus in attendance enjoyed food stations provided by Legends, and desserts by Louie and Honey Bakery with signature drinks provided by local bartenders, featuring local wineries and breweries. Beyond the delicious foods and beverages, guest speakers included, Kate and Mark Reece, Chairs of Cheers!, Maria Kazakos, VP of Sales, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Carolinas Realty (Diamond Sponsor), Julie A. Freischlag, MD,  FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS,Alisa L. Starbuck, DNP, NNP-BC, Lindsay Thompson, MD, Chad and Meredith Tucker (Fox8 Anchor and Parents of Patient Roe Roe), and Lisa Marshall, Chief Philanthropy Officer, and Vice President, Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations. 

Souljam band provided the amazing musical entertainment for the evening and ZimZoom offered a photo booth giving guests a beautiful take-away souvenir. The night concluded with fun games, including a wine toss and silent auction, topped off with a fireworks finale lighting up the sky for Cheers!.

Simply Southern is generously matching every dollar that is raised, up to $200,000, between now and December 1st, 2022. 

To learn more about Cheers! and how you can help now and in the future, visit  


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