Peyton Manning headlines Gala for Children’s Hospital

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 19, 2016)–In his first return since announcing his retirement from professional football, Peyton Manning hosted Saturday night’s ninth annual Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Celebration of Caring Gala.

With the help of the Manning family, the gala has raised more than $8 million for the children’s hospital since 2008.

” Peyton Manning’s success on the football field is legendary, but for the patients of the hospital that bears his name, his impact goes well beyond the playing field, ” said Jonathan Nalli, chief executive officer of S. Vincent.

Peyton and wife Ashley Manning served as the honorary chairpersons for Saturday’s gala, which was atended by nearly 1,100 people.

“It truly has been one of the best teams I’ve ever been on, ” said Peyton, referencing his work with the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.  “I’ve been on a lot of great teams, but to be a part of one where doctors, nurses and staff members are doing everything they can to support and help kids get better has been a true honor.”

Manning presented the 2016 True Hero Award to Grey Maurer, a former patient of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.  Maurer underwent multiple surgeries to correct a bowel condition. Grey is one of three triplets born to Tiffany and Todd Maurer, who joined their son at tonight’s event.  Today, Grey is an active five-year-old youngster who plays soccer, rides his scooter and loves Star Wars.

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