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10th Annual Red Hot Night is a record fundraising night for Children's Mercy

The generous Kansas City community outdoes itself again, as a record $1,332,066 was raised at the 10th Annual Red Hot Night benefit to support the mission of Children's Mercy.

More than 1,400 guests filled the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center and enjoyed dinner, live entertainment and a charity auction.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, a fund-a-need appeal, live auction and silent auction. Live auction items included trips Steamboat Springs, Las Vegas, Caymen Islands and Captiva, Florida; two-year lease of a 2014 Avalon XLW Premium courtesy of Kansas City Area Toyota Dealers; suites to watch the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and Justin Timberlake at the Sprint Center

"The support from this year's Red Hot Night is outstanding," Jenea Oliver, Chief Development Officer at Children's Mercy. "To all who attended the event, your support of Children's Mercy will make a difference in the lives of children in our hospitals and at our clinics throughout the region. Thank you for your generous support."

Throughout the 10 years of Red Hot Night Galas, hosted by Children's Mercy Hands & Hearts Auxiliary, the hospital has been able to fund a variety of needs for the hospital, including funding for Children's Mercy East, two transport ambulances, cardiac surgery operating rooms and pediatric cancer research.

Red Hot Night 2014 Honorary Co-Chairs were Dave and Mikel Flickinger and Kevin and Stacie Needham. The gala was led by Event Co-Chairs Dave Freeman and Craig Kuckelman and the Children's Mercy Hands & Hearts for Children Auxiliary.

You can download photos from the event at Childrensmercy.org/Newsroom. To make a donation to Children's Mercy, visit our donation page.

About Children's Mercy Hands & Hearts
Hands & Hearts for Children, an auxiliary of Children's Mercy, was founded in 1986 by a small group of young, civic-minded Kansas Citians whose sole mission was to support the hospital through public awareness, volunteerism and fundraising. In the auxiliary's 28 years, Hands & Hearts has raised more than $5 million all in support of helping Children's Mercy provide the highest quality of care available for children in Kansas City and the region.

About Children's Mercy
Children's Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." For the third time in a row, Children's Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.