Current Fundraisers

2019 Battling Batten 5K & Family Walk

Sunday November 3, 2019 - 8:30am-11:30am
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 400 W. Whittier St. Columbus
Register now:

Happy Hour at The Hills, 2018

Wednesday October, 3 from 6:00-8:00pm
7860 Olentangy River Rd.
The Hills Market will donate $50 + tips + pizza profits to the Battling Batten 5K.

2018 Battling Batten 5K & Family Walk

Sunday November 11, 2018 - 8:30am-11:30am
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 400 W. Whittier St. Columbus

Happy Hour at The Hills

Wednesday October 4, 6-8pm -- 7860 Olentangy River Rd.
The Hills Market will donate $50 + tips + pizza profits to the Battling Batten 5K.

2017 Battling Batten 5K & Family Walk

Sunday November 12, 2017 - 8:30am-11:30am
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 400 W. Whittier St. Columbus

Charity Happy Hour at the Hills Market in Worthington! 

Oct 5, 2016 (Wednesday) 6-8pm
The Hills Market, Worthington: 7860 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43235
Special guest bartenders!

What the Hills Market does:
*Starts things off by donating $50 to the cause.
*Donates $1 for every large pizza (hot or take & bake) sold on the day of the event.
*Puts large one-topping pizzas on sale for $7.99 (regularly $9.99) to encourage sales.
*Helps collect credit card and cash tips for the cause.
*Provides 2 wines and 2 beers for happy hour, complete with descriptions.
*Writes a check to BDSRA ($50 + all tips + pizza income) the day following the event!

2016 Battling Batten Disease 5K Run & Family Walk

Sunday, November 13
Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Register now!

2015 Battling Batten Disease 5K Run & Family Walk

Sunday, November 8
10:00a Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Register now!

*Those are really Celia's little footprints.  Thanks to Laura and Josh for the thoughtful design efforts!

House Wine event, Wednesday October 21st

6:00 pm
House Wine | 644 High Street | Worthington

All Guests: Please share with House Wine staff that you are helping fundraise for the BDSRA!

*Guests get their own tasting card and can self-serve 24 wines by the ounce using the Enomatic Wine dispensing machines - pay when done tasting.
*Wine bottles purchased from 6-9 and taken home -- House Wine will donate 10% to BDSRA (but wine bottles purchased and consumed at House Wine are not included).
*Draft beer sales from 6-9 -- House Wine will donate 10% to BDSRA
*Beer bottles purchased and taken home are not included in the fundraiser.
*Happy hour offerings are not included in the fundraiser.
*If there are a total of at least 20 guests who taste from the Enomatics, BDSRA will receive 20% of the Enomatic Revenue! If fewer than 20 people, BDSRA will receive 10% of the Enomatic Revenue.
*House Wine has cheese flights and pizza offerings from Pizza Primo and Dewey's Pizza.  Guests cannot bring in their own food due to health code restrictions.

Battling Batten 5K & Family Walk, 11.3
Sunday morning, November 3rd at Scioto Audubon Park in downtown Columbus
*In it's 5th year, Celia's Walk has been redesigned in an effort to reach a broader audience and, hopefully, raise more funds for research.  The 5K will be promoted in the running community but the original mile walk will still be an option.

Visit Premier Sports to register now!

Shop for your Cause
Make a difference for BDSRA by doing your online shopping through

Tastefully Simple (now through 9.28)
Help raise money to fight Batten Disease by ordering delicious food & drinks from Tastefully Simple! 
A large portion of proceeds, including host benefits, will be donated directly to BDSRA. 
The catalog is FULL of gift giving ideas, so start your holiday shopping early! 
Please place your order before September 28th. 
TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD & ORDER ONLINE please follow these simple steps:
1. Go to: 
2. Select desired products then click "Proceed to Checkout."
3. To associate the order to the fundraiser click on "Find Host/Event.”
Enter the following: First Name: BRIDGET Last Name: VAUDT
Then hit the search button. Once you see BRIDGET VAUDT on the screen, proceed with your order and it will count toward the fundraiser.
IMPORTANT: Step 3 (associating the order) must be completed or the order WILL NOT count for the fundraiser.
Contact Amy Mandolfo (the Tastefully Simple Consultant) by calling 605.521.6505 or e-mailing with questions or orders.  Payment can be made by check or credit card.  There is no tax on food shipped to Iowa or Ohio addresses.  Orders will be shipped directly to your door via UPS in 7-10 days!
BONUS! $10 will be donated for each party booked and held through this fundraiser.  Contact Amy Mandolfo to schedule your party.

Fado Irish Pub, 9.5
Thursday, September 5th from 6:00-8:00pm at Fado Easton, guest bartenders from the Columbus Crew (and from Betz Family Columbus) will give tips and donations to the Pleasure Guild to support NCH Hospice and Palliative Care

Kroger Plus Card - Renew your Rewards
Each time you shop and use your Kroger Plus card, Kroger will donate to BDSRA.
To register or to renew, go to
and scroll down to click on “Columbus, OH.”
If you have registered in the past, just sign in, or click "Enroll" to sign up.  You will need your Kroger Plus Card handy.
(Note: if you use your phone number at the register, call 1-877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus Card number.)
Search for and select the Batten Disease Support & Research Association, number 83592.
To verify your selection, BDSRA should appear on the information page.  You should also see at the bottom of your Kroger receipt “At your request, Kroger is donating to the Batten Disease Support & Research Association.”

Greater Atlanta Girls' Choir Concert

Maya's Curls
Half of each sale of the Celia Headband goes directly to BDSRA.

Combined Federal Campaign
If you're a federal employee looking for a good way to direct workplace giving, please consider BDSRA -- CFC# 11781

4th Annual Celia's Walk - 11.4.2012
The OSU MICU will host Celia's Walk, to benefit BDSRA, Sunday November 4th at the Grandview Heights High School track, 1587 W. Third Ave.  Registration will begin at 11:15, and the one mile walk will start at noon.  Adults can participate for $10, children 12 and under for $5.  T-shirts will be available for $12.  Credit cards accepted.  Pets not permitted.

The Ohio State University Medical Center MICU Walk for Celia, November 6, 2011
The Ohio State University Medical Intensive Care Unit will be hosting The Third Annual Walk for Celia on Sunday, November 6 at the Central Crossing High School track in Grove City.

10am registration begins
11am one mile walk begins
suggested donation to BDSRA: $10 per adult, $5 per child
raffle tickets and shirts available for purchase
drinks and snacks provided
for more information, contact Sara Zeller:

Barkin' for Batten, October 15
Second Annual Dog Walk, Gahanna, 11:00am
Learn more here.

Through June 15th, Tastefully Simple
Stock your pantry with Tastefully Simple items before June 15th, and 100% of our friend Denae's profits will go directly toward Batten research.  

If you haven't ordered from Tastefully Simple before, listed (and linked) below are some of our family's favorite products:

Onion Onion seasoning - great sprinkled on hamburgers, or makes a super sour cream dip
Golden Mango Mojito drink mix - this summer we'll enjoy it rum-free :)
Hoppin' Jalepeno and Bacon dip mix - love this with Fritos!

Order online now!
Denae Griggs, Tastefully Simple ID# 0091222
With questions, e-mail

Friday May 27, Columbus OH (and online)
 Check out a sample of items available:

May 1st, Shop-a-thon
In addition to the raffle, many vendors will donate 20% of the day's profits to BDSRA as well.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
The Aware group (children ages 12-18) from Saint Stephen's will be flipping pancakes to raise funds for Batten Disease on Tuesday, March 8th from 6-8pm. For just $5.00 enjoy food (3-5 pancakes, 2 breakfast meats, fruit cup, drink), fellowship and fund-raising for a great cause.
Celia's grandparents, Tim & Jan, are members at St. Stephen's.  Celia will be in attendance on the 8th, provided she's not too worn out from her fourth birthday celebration the day before :)
Church address: 30 W. Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 (corner of High St & W. Woodruff)

Thirty One Gifts
A friend of ours from high school is hosting a virtual Thirty One Gifts party, from which 100% of the profits (25% of each order) will be donated to BDSRA in Celia's honor.  We gave, and received, Thirty One items at Christmas, and have been pleased and impressed with the products.  If you're not familiar with Thirty One, the product line revolves mostly around an assortment of purses, totes and other kinds of bags for both practical and specialized use.  Basic items are offered in different styles, sizes, colors, and patterns.

If you're interested, please visit
To make a purchase, click on "place an order" at the top of the page, then "place an order" on the right side of the next page.  At this point you'll be at Celia's event page.  Click "shop now" and then again on the next page select "shop now" to be directed to the inventory.

Celia's virtual party will begin February 1st and close February 27th.  
Thirty One Gifts will be unveiling new fabrics in February, so the catalog/inventory will change on February 1st.  The February special, detailed below, gives 31% off one item for every $31 spent.  If you order during February, you will need to enter you credit /debit card info when you place your order, but it will not be charged until the event closes on the 27th. You may have your order shipped directly for $4, or have it shipped to Heather for free, and she will deliver or set up a time to meet.

If you would like to place an order with the current inventory that's fine!  Contact Heather at 477-6225 or and she will still donate the proceeds. (You just won't be able to enter orders through the website event until February.)  The January Thirty One special is for thermal lunch totes: the larger ones are on sale for $10 with embroidery for $1.50, and the smaller ones are $8 with embroidery at $1.50.  As a sneak peek, these totes are already being offered in the new Spring/Summer fabrics.  If you're not familiar with Thirty One, the lunch totes are a great place to start...

Please don't hesitate to contact Heather with questions.  She's delightful :)
Heather will also donate an additional $25 for any party (virtual or in-home) booked during Celia's event.

As an aside, Thirty One Gifts is locally owned and operated.  Last summer, I voiced an industrial spot for the factory's embroiderers!
Our family is in no way being paid or perked for this endorsement.  We are, however, very grateful that BDSRA may benefit.  Big, BIG thanks to Heather.

Custom Motorcycle
Motorcycle builder CJ Lowery generously donated a custom bike to be raffled on July 16.  Raffle tickets can be purchased online and for $100 each, with all proceeds benefiting BDSRA.  Andy pointed out that the bike resembles Celia's hair: orange and wild!