Shortly after the death of their son, Ollie, Mark & Jennifer Hinkle felt compelled to pour their grief into making a difference in the CHD community, in memory of their son. In 2013, they founded the Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to funding the most promising pediatric heart research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects. In addition, we devote our time and resources to spreading awareness of this deadly disease and providing financial and emotional support to the children and families impacted by CHD. In 4 years, the OHHF has funded more than $300,000 in life-saving research, donated more than $35,000 to ease medical related expenses for heart families, and showered Ollie's love upon countless heart warriors and their brave families.
How We Raise Funds
Since Ollie's death in 2013, we have raised more than $500,000 for pediatric heart research and to provide financial and emotional support to children and families impacted by CHD. The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation draws the majority of funds raised via the annual I ❤️ Food & Wine benefit, a culinary and beverage tasting provided by St. Louis's most renown chefs-- including 2 James Beard Award winners and several nominees-- and features more than 250 premium wines and award-winning local craft brewers.
Guests will also have the chance to take part in a silent and live auction, featuring exquisitely curated items. Some past highlights have included wine country getaways, weekends in Chicago, Apple products, in-home sushi dinners for up to 12 guests, STL Cardinals green seats packages, STL Blues suites, a trip to NYC, fine jewelry, unique wines, and a wide array of fine art, to name a few!
We guarantee an afternoon of fun, food, and philanthropy. EAT, DRINK, LOVE!
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In addition, we rely heavily on third party fundraising to carry out our mission. Is your business, office, school, shop, church, or family looking for a organization for which to direct your charitable giving? Look no further! Whether it's an annual large-scale fundraiser, a dress-down day, a lemonade stand or bake sale, a portion of sales from your place of business, the list goes on! The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation is thankful for contributions of all shapes and sizes. Contact us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org