Fundraising Events:

The Women's Initiative Network's signature fundraising events are held annually. Every year, each event raises money for a specific program, clinic or research project at Kennedy Krieger institute.

Our Fundraising Events include:

Hats & Horses 2024

The eighth annual Hats & Horses gala, benefiting Kennedy Krieger Institute, was truly a celebration of all the people who make Kennedy Krieger extraordinary. Thanks to our phenomenal event co-chairs and committee, WIN members, generous sponsors, guests and auction donors—we raised more than $385,000 to support Kennedy Krieger.

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The dance floor at Hats & Horses 2022.

Barrels & Bonfires 2024

In its 3rd year, WIN will host its third annual Barrels & Bonfires at Farmacy Brewing on Friday, November 1, 2024. This beautiful event embraces the warm and cozy elements of fall in Baltimore County’s horse country in a relaxed and inviting setting.


A group of six attendees at Barrels & Bonfires 2022.

The Fall Fête

On Friday, October 4, Green Spring Station will transform into a fashion extravaganza with a runway show featuring on-trend fashion highlights from Green Spring Station retailers and local models, and Institute patients and staff gracing the runway. Guests will enjoy delectable food and beverage stations provided by Tark’s Grill & Bar, as well as funky dance music and plenty of engaging elements to satisfy Baltimore’s most stylish clientele.

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Fall Fete 4 - Penny rocks the runway!

Membership Events:

In addition to our Fundraising Events, members of the Women's Initiative Network are invited to attend members-only events.

Our Membership Events typically include:

Past Events: 

Seven women, three sitting and four standing, pose for a photo at the member luncheon.

Member Luncheon at Linwoods
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 12 p.m.

This year, our WIN members were seated with one or more of the Institute's female clinicians or senior leaders!  WIN members had the opportunity to learn more about their respective programs or area of focus at the Institute. We thought this was a lovely way to integrate the most impressive females leaders at the Institute with some of our most generous female donors and supporters.

Ten women pose for a photo around a table at the member friendraiser.

WIN Member Friendraiser

On a rainy April evening, our Membership Chair Laura Wille opened her beautiful home and welcomed over 40 WIN members and their guests to a lovely evening of great good and conversation! Guests who attended learned more about the Institute and the many ways to get involved with our Women's Initiative Network. While at that event, guests packaged over 200 toiletry bags and donated boxes of snacks for inpatient families at the Institute.

baby bundle

Girls' Night Out at Green Spring Station
Thursday, October 14, 2021

The courtyard at Green Spring Station was buzzing with excitement on Thursday, October 14, 2021 when the Women’s Initiative hosted a Girls’ Night Out. Members and friends socialized and shopped for a cause. Participating merchants contributed a percentage of the day’s proceeds to Kennedy Krieger Institute. In addition, shoppers made additional donations.

Funds raised will be used to purchase BUNDLES FOR BABIES AND CAREGIVERS. Each bundle costs $250 and includes a play mat, Boppy® Pillow, sound machine, crib mirror, diapers, toys and other items, along with a congratulatory balloon and welcome sign.

A display table with WIN information and a video was set up in the courtyard. Participants were given complimentary drink tickets to use at Tark’s Grill.

Special thanks to Laura Wille, Chair of Membership for being the evening’s host. Thanks also to Mikey Monaghan who coordinated the event with Green Spring Station.

 Virtual Girls' Night Out

Thank you to those who joined us for our virtual Girls Night Out on June 11, 2020. While it was lovely to see your faces, we look forward to the time we can be together in person to enjoy another WIN event or Institute gathering.

It was a special treat to have Dr. Brad Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute, give an update on the Institute and what changes have been made to accommodate our "new normal." While the Institute continues to thrive and is looking for opportunities in the face of adversity, Dr. Schlaggar discussed the immediate and critical needs of the Institute. 

A Virtual Evening With a Kennedy Krieger Institute Expert

This event was held on Monday, April 27, 2020.

A headshot of Dr. Roma Vasa

We heard from child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Roma Vasa, director of education and training at Kennedy Krieger and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

With mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder being of concern to our community, Dr. Vasa offered some wonderful insight. This event was for WIN members only.

Girls Night Out

More than fifty women came together at the home of Laura Wille, WIN membership chair, to celebrate the holidays and learn more about the Institute and WIN.

The money donated from the WIN Girls' Night will be used to purchase gift cards to gas stations and grocery stores for our inpatient families.

Current and prospective WIN members at Girls Night Out

It can be financially difficult for inpatient caregivers to drive back and forth to see their child in the hospital while taking care of siblings at home and maintaining a job.  By providing gift cards to gas stations, we can relieve some of the financial stress and added cost that is typically not accounted for during a hospital stay. 

A majority of our families are from out of town and, as you can imagine, it can get very expensive purchasing three meals a day.  The Social Work team provides grocery store gift cards to help offset the cost of meals.  There is a refrigerator/microwave in our Parent Lounge, so parents can purchase groceries and prepare their own meals.        

Other Events:

In addition to our fundraising and membership events, WIN hosts a variety of other gatherings throughout the year to support Kennedy Krieger.

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