A THREAD of Hope 2021 – The Rainbow After the Storm

March 16th, 2022

Sam’s Fans is a non-profit organization created in memory of Samantha McCarthy. The organization was founded by Sam’s mom, Nikki McCarthy. It is 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 creates 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!

Planning A THREAD of Hope 2021

This was our 3rd year planning the in-person event with an amazing committee of women! Our 2020 event (which really was our 3rd year with the organization) was a small virtual experience. The 2021 event marked their 7th year hosting this fundraiser.

The event is a lot of hard work, but thanks to some amazing local vendors, sponsors and the planning committee, the event was a success. It was another fantastic evening full of drinks, food, music and fun! Due to COVID, we had a lot fewer attendees this time. However, that didn’t stop us from raising over $155,000 for Sam’s Fans in one night!

Our theme for A THREAD of Hope this year was “The Rainbow After the Storm”. It was fitting, since we were still knee-deep in COVID, but had moved on from restrictions, had vaccines available and were seeing the rainbow at the end of the storm. The event was full of color, full of joy and hope, and made everyone in attendance “feel the rainbow”!

Contributing Partners & Event Donors

Seth & Beth Photography / TROVE Warehouse / Mukha Spa / Cameron Mitchell Premier Events / Queen Bee Paper / THREAD / Vital Companies / DC Johnson / Sadie Baby Sweets / Buckeye Donuts / Brew Dog / Heidelberg / The Scout Guide / Sweet Blossom Floral / Dylan Ryan / Event Source / Parker Louis Music / Joseph Glenn / D’lish Bake Shoppe / The Buckeye Lady / Mai Mimi Cookie Co. / Echo Spirits / Dry Ice Columbus / Penzone / Mills James / The Awesome Company / PM Title LLC / StR Events

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