A THREAD of Hope 2018- Supporting Music and Art Therapy

November 29th, 2018
music and art therapy

Sam’s Fans and A THREAD of Hope

Sam’s Fans is a non-profit organization created in memory of Samantha McCarthy. Founded by Sam’s mom, Nikki McCarthy, it’s dedicated to promoting and enhancing music and art therapy programs that serve seriously ill children and their families. The organization works with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio University and individual families.

Miranda Boyle, founder and owner of THREAD, became friends with Nikki many years ago. They created an immediate, life-long connection. In October of 2015, A THREAD of Hope was born. Each year, the event grows and generates a huge impact for Sam’s Fans.  In addition to supporting two incredible organizations that share the mission: Flying Horse Farms and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, TOH provides funding for a much needed music and art therapy program at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center BMT unit, specializing in care for patients with serious illnesses. It also helped Nikki realize a longtime dream of bringing a part-time outpatient music therapist to pediatric patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital!

After 3 successful years, the committee decided to bring on a planner to help enhance and manage the event – enter StR Events! It was a perfect fit for us.  I’ve always wanted to do something with Children’s Hospital; I just hadn’t found the right opportunity – enter A THREAD of Hope! We couldn’t be more proud to have met and planned alongside this year’s committee (see below). What an amazing group of women! We weren’t sure how the planning would go – so we just dove right in. Though it was a lot of hard work, thanks to some amazing local vendors, sponsors and the planning committee, it was a fantastic evening!

Details, Details

Our fantastic event collaborators (listed below) helped enhance this year’s event with custom details, bling, lounges, red carpet (and more!) and a focus on the children’s artwork.


The Guests. The Party. The Music.

MojoFlo, Whiskey Duo and live steel drums brought the event to life!


Silent Auction & Raffles

We had some really great local and national companies and individuals provide amazing items for the silent auction and two unique raffles (hello, one-of-a-kind custom necklace!) – a little something for everyone!

The Fashion Show presented by THREAD

The THREAD team put together a rock-star fashion presentation, enhanced by the Mukha Spa team’s brilliant hair and make-up!


Contributing Partners for 2018:

Photography by Nicole Leoné Miller

Design: TROVE Warehouse, Events2NV, QueenBee, Inspire PR Group, Got Ya Covered, Event Source Rentals, The Lesser Bear, Jen’s Crafty Corner

Desserts: Sadie Baby Sweets, The Cheesecake Girl, From Scratch Cupcakes, Perfect Pear Catering, MMelo

Swag Bags: The Awesome Company, The Paper Vow, TROVE, Harvey & Ed’s, THREAD, Watershed Distillery, MMelo, Jana Lee’s Bake Shop,

Bar: Watershed Distillery, Brew Dog, Van Guard Wines, Heidelberg, Simple Times

Music: MojoFlo (Class Acts), Whiskey Duo, Joseph Glenn Steel Drums

Platinum Sponsors for the 2018 Event: THREAD, Vital, TROVE Warehouse, Mukha Spa, Sam’s Fans, D.C. Johnson LTD, The Clapton Family, Dan & Sarah Kay, Parks Edge, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, The Vargo Family, The Hecker Family

2018 Event Planning Committee: Miranda Boyle, Heather Buck, Jennifer Drew, Michelle Tancrede, Kate McClean, Hinda Mitchell, Jackie Murphy, Robin Mollica, Stacey Zelina, Jenny McKenna, Christina McKenna, Mandy McGlone, Nikki McCarthy



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