About Our Organization

Since 1995, WineFest - A Toast to Children's Health has attracted thousands of guests and raised more than $18 million to advance innovative pediatric research at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

For more than a century, the University of Minnesota has been setting new standards in children’s health with trailblazing achievements that make a lasting difference for children and families in Minnesota and around the globe. Its most notable accomplishments include:

  • The first pediatric open-heart surgeries using hypothermia and cross-circulation.
  • The first successful pediatric bone marrow transplant from a non-twin donor.
  • The first pediatric kidney biopsy.
  • The first bone marrow transplant to treat a lethal skin disease in children, showing that stem cells contained in bone marrow can repair injured skin tissue.
  • Development of a pioneering technique for transplanting kidneys in infants.
  • Development of the high-frequency chest compression system to treat cystic fibrosis.
  • Development of less invasive approaches to pediatric heart repair, including leading-edge trials of the pediatric Berlin Heart device, which helps keep kids’ hearts strong until they can receive a transplant.
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