Our History

The Babies Heart Fund was founded in 1986 by a few dedicated family members. The families were so touched by the level of care and humanity they received at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) when their children needed it most, they wanted to find a way to give back and help the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

They started by reaching out to friends and other grateful families, and held their first event at a local Chinese restaurant, raising a couple thousand dollars for the Division. With this event, the Babies Heart Fund was born. Over the years, the board has grown to 24 members, two co-chairs, and six vice chairs. Our board members are active in the community, raising awareness and fundraising for the Division. Our events have evolved into black tie galas with world-renowned celebrities, sold out golf outings, art auctions, and receptions that raise hundreds of thousands for research each year.

Our goals remain the same after 30 years – for all children to live in a world free of heart disease by continuing to raise funds for innovative research in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at CUIMC. With the help of philanthropy, we will be able to realize our goals.

Please join our efforts by sharing your story and supporting the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


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Our mission is to lead the world in curing congenital heart disease
One gene…
One cell…
One heart at a time!

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