8th Annual Bluegrass For Babies Benefit Concert

The Healthy Roots Foundation is proud to announce that on Saturday, September 17th, Bluegrass for Babies is going back to its roots at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park for the 8th annual concert benefitting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The concert, which runs from 3-9pm, features music from top bluegrass bands, family-friendly activities, local concessions, and much more. 

This year’s concert lineup features performances from Bluegrass for Babies newcomer, Hocking River String Band at 3pm, and returning local bands, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars at 5pm and Hickory Robot at 7pm. Special guest Jennifer Ellis will perform her popular children’s songs at 4pm.

“We’re thrilled to return to Seasongood Pavilion, the original home of Bluegrass for Babies, for a more intimate event,” said Anne Schneider, founder of the Healthy Roots Foundation. “We wanted to keep the focus on the wonderful bluegrass music and the work we’re doing for Children’s Hospital”

Many Bluegrass for Babies favorite food, craft beer and kids activities will return in 2016. Dewey’s Pizza will donate 100% of proceeds from pizza and salad sales during the event, and many vendors, including Grateful Grahams, will donate a portion of their sales to help the cause.

The concert, an official Giving Hope Fundraising Event for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was started by Anne and Matt Schneider in 2009 as a way to give back to Children’s, which provided life-saving surgery to their newborn son. Since the first concert in their backyard, the organization has evolved into the Healthy Roots Foundation, a year-round organization that provides tools, programming, and resources for families and hosts a variety of special events with the mission of helping parents create an optimal environment to raise healthy children. The Healthy Roots Foundation has donated more than $150,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since its inception.    

“The physicians at Cincinnati Children’s and the care they provided made a huge difference in our lives,” said Anne Schneider. “We created Bluegrass for Babies to not only give back and raise funds for the hospital, but to also help provide health education tools to parents in order to help empower families.”

Money raised at the concert will be donated to the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The Perinatal Institute combines the latest advances in clinical care, research technology, and provides highly specialized care to newborns facing devastating medical conditions. Due to research expertise, innovation, and partnership with families, 95% of the fragile babies cared for by the Perinatal Institute go home with their families.

Tickets for the Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert are $12 for adults now through September 2, $15 September 2-September 16, and $20 on the day of the concert. Children are admitted for free. Tickets are limited due to the space available at Seasongood Pavilion, and the event is expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluegrassforbabies.com.

About the Healthy Roots Foundation:

The Healthy Roots Foundation is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based non-profit organization that helps provide families with the knowledge to make the best choices to raise healthy children. The organization achieves its mission by partnering with health care providers, educators, and local experts to provide educational tools that teach families how to create a healthy home, right from the start. The Healthy Roots Foundation’s mission of supporting pioneering children’s health research and creating innovative family health education programs is reflected at its signature fundraising events: Bluegrass for Babies and Midsummer Harvest.  Since 2009, the organization has donated over $150,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in order to support innovative children’s health research and educational programs.  For more information on the Healthy Roots Foundation or its events, please call 513-871-0653 or visit healthyrootsfoundation.org.