The Ohio State University

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About Us

The Ohio State University was selected in 2017 to become a character chapter of A Moment of Magic, and ever since we've been bringing smiles to children's faces who really need it. Within our first year, we've attended various events, hospitals, schools and more, all over the state of Ohio; we hope to travel to surrounding states too this upcoming school year. We've worked with so many amazing organizations such as Make a Wish, CCFC, Gliding Stars, PCHA and CureSearch, and we've met some incredible kids at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital! We hope to expand the number of connections we have so that we can reach as many kids as possible! We're so excited for this upcoming year because we will have 20+ characters at our chapter, which means we can accomplish so much more. If you know anyone that would like a visit (either in Ohio/surrounding areas or by FaceTime) or if you would like to get involved with A Moment of Magic at Ohio State please contact us below! 

Our Goals

Columbus is home to Nationwide Children's Hospital, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States. NCH is Ohio State's pediatric partner- joining forces with the Wexner Medical Center and the James Cancer Hospital to promote collaborative care to patients. With that being said, one goal we have is to create a lasting partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital as they treat over one million patients each year from all 50 states and countries all over the world, and we hope to continuously give these children a special day. 


We are also eager to have A Moment of Magic involved in Buckeyethon, the largest student run philanthropy in the state of Ohio. Buckeyethon raises money for the kids and families at NCH, specifically in the hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant departments.  While the Buckeye Dance Marathon is the most well known event, Buckeyethon works with families and children throughout the year, and we can't wait to join forces.

One other goal we have this year is to get more boys involved in becoming characters. We would love to bring every child their favorite character, and for a lot of the children we visit, their favorite is a superhero or prince. As of now, our first male character is casted as Spiderman and we're super excited to have him go on visits! By expanding our selection of characters, we would be able to give most children their first choice of who they want to visit them, which would make their day that much more special!

We hope you will follow our magical journey as we continue A Moment of Magic at The Ohio State University.  #GoBucks!

Brave. Strong. Fearless.


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Meet Our Executive Board

Emma Smith - President

Julia Denman -

On-Campus Coordinator

Kayla Thomsen -
Vice President

Caterina Cundari - Fundraising Chair


Jenny Ahn - Secretary

Ahmed Alfaysale - Finance Chair 

Sami Bell - Magic Experience Coordinator

Samantha Burns - Magic Experience Coordinator

Yulia Barytska - Intra-Chapter Relations Chair

Alex Stanley - New

Member Coordinator

Diana Rybacki - Social Media Coordinator

Lucy Smith -

Costume Coordinator

Diana Rybacki - Social Media Coordinator

Michaela Hostetler -

Magic Maker Coordinator

Molly Shaughnessy - Marketing Chair

Monica William -

Character Trainer

Alisha Schroeder - Community Outreach Chair

Our Events

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