The 11th annual LOPen charity events took place the last few days of June 2013.
LOPen started as a golf outing to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital, but has grown into a weekend of fun that also features multiple concerts and celebrity appearances.
The golf outing took place at the Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson. Tickets included a lobster dinner prepared by Chef Lou Petrozza, of the television show “Hell’s Kitchen;” celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities; entry in silent auctions; and a private Eddie Money performance, with special guest Brother Trouble.
A special concert kicked off the 2013 LOPen at the Twinsburg’s Perici Amphitheatre. The concert will featured Aaron Lewis, with special guests Brother Trouble, Post Road and Jared Ashley.
“The LOPen is a different kind of event because of the golf outing and the concerts,” said Sara Lundenberger, special events coordinator for Akron Children’s. “It’s a fun way to support the hospital.”
As part of the annual event, celebrities toured the hospital and visited with our cancer and blood disorder patients.
Visiting this year were: John Hughes, defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns; Brother Trouble, past winners of the “Next Big Star” competition; Lillian Garcia, Candice Michelle and Ted DiBiase, Jr., World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. wrestlers; Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor; and Chef Lou Petrozza, of “Hell’s Kitchen.” Some of these visits are captured in the video below.
“We keep coming back to Akron Children’s because the patients stole our hearts the first time we were here,” said Jason Sutton of Brother Trouble. “And it’s always a great time.”
Since its beginning in 2002, the event has raised more than $400,000 for the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.
For more information, contact Sara Lundenberger at 330-543-8037.