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Akron Children’s Hospital Women’s Board postpones Charity Ball

12-22-2021 (Akron, Ohio )

The Akron Children’s Women’s Board has postponed its 119th Charity Ball, originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 29, 2021 at E.J. Thomas Hall, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

“Despite our best intentions and enhanced safety protocols, like so many other organizations, we feel this is the right thing for our participants and the community,” said Peg Stalter, president of the Akron Children’s Women’s Board. “We look forward to recognizing the debutantes and their families’ commitment to volunteerism and community service in 2022.”

The proposed new date for the Charity Ball will be announced at a later date.

Debutantes are selected in recognition of their parents’ and grandparents’ volunteer support of the Greater Akron community.

The Mary Day Nursery, the predecessor to Akron Children’s, opened in 1890 and held its first Mary Day Nursery Ball was on Dec. 18, 1895 to raise money for the nursery and kindergarten. To highlight the women’s board commitment to service, the third ball, in 1897, was renamed the “Charity Ball” and has remained a community tradition (except for an eight-year hiatus in the early years). To promote future female leaders and celebrate their families’ contributions to the region, the presentation of the debutantes was added in 1951.




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Akron Children’s has been caring for children since 1890, and our pediatric specialties are ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. With two hospital campuses, regional health centers and more than 50 primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we’re making it easier for today’s busy families to find the high-quality care they need. In 2020, our health care system provided more than 1.1 million patient encounters. We also operate neonatal and pediatric units in the hospitals of our regional health care partners. Every year, our Children’s Home Care Group nurses provide thousands of in-home visits, and our School Health nurses manage clinic visits for students from preschool through high school. With our Quick Care Online virtual visits and Akron Children’s Anywhere app, we’re here for families whenever and wherever they need us. Learn more at

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