2017 Storybook Ball Supporting Pediatric Health
On October 14, 2017, the Storybook Ball will celebrate its 18th year of supporting pediatric care at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
The 2017 Storybook Ball will showcase the transformational initiatives at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Food Allergy Center, where cutting-edge research and evidence-based, multidisciplinary practice are utilized to provide the best possible care to patients.
“A primary mission for our group is to better understand the immune response to food so that we can transform diagnosis, prevention and treatment in the future,” says Dr. Wayne Shreffler, director of the Food Allergy Center.
To learn more about the Food Allergy Center and research initiatives at MGHfC, please click here.
This year, we are excited to announce that the Demarest Lloyd Jr. Foundation, a longstanding supporter of Food Allergy and MGHfC has generously offered a sponsorship challenge match of up to $200,000 to help in our fundraising efforts. All new sponsorships and sponsorship increases from 2016 will be matched 100% up to $200,000.
Below please find sponsorship package options for the 2017 Storybook Ball. Event proceeds allow MGHfC to provide extraordinary care to our patients and their families; to recruit and support the best physicians, surgeons and researchers; and to speed the development of new technologies and cutting-edge research that can transform clinical care worldwide.
Each year, the Storybook Ball profiles a patient and family who have received care at MGHfC. This year’s Storybook Ball focused on the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders and the ability to test for genetic conditions. Relive the 2016 Storybook Ball by watching the video below, which features 10-year-old John Peters and his family from Haymarket, Virginia.
Storybook Ball Over the Years
Proceeds from Storybook Ball over the past decade have allowed MassGeneral Hospital for Children to provide extraordinary care to our youngest patients and their families; to recruit and support the best physicians, surgeons and researchers; and to speed the development of new technologies and cutting-edge research that can transform clinical approaches locally and globally.
The past generosity of Storybook Ball supporters has helped establish new programs and facilities, such as the Coordinated Care Clinic and the state-of-the-art Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center, enhancing our ability to serve children with complex physical and emotional needs. Like most healthcare organizations across the country and within Boston, however, Massachusetts General Hospital is not immune to external challenges. In the face of economic adversity, MGHfC is preparing to pursue its mission of caring for those who need our care most by renewing our commitment to the wide range of existing pediatric programs for which this hospital is renowned.
2016: Winnie-the-Pooh Last year's event raised more than $1.6 million to support research initiatives and patient care programs. The program spotlighted the work being done in medical genetics at MGHfC. The Genetics and Metabolism Program is at the forefront of advances that are helping physicians better understand the basis of many health conditions and allowing the hospital to deliver more personalized care.
2015: Treasure Island at the Castle The 2015 event focused on pediatric brain disorders and brain surgery. For children, these include neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD, Down syndrome), epilepsy, concussion, traumatic brain injury, or mood and anxiety disorders. The annual fundraiser for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) raised $1.6 million to support research initiatives and patient care programs.
2014: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Castle The 15th Anniversary Storybook Ball raised more than $1.8 million to support MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s efforts to enhance family-centered care, as well as pediatric community and global health initiatives. The funds are providing critical support to advance MGHfC research efforts, too.
Support the Storybook Ball
MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the oldest provider of pediatric services in Boston, has offered comprehensive, compassionate care to children since 1821. This is a tradition that every physician, nurse and staff member at MGHfC is committed to keeping—and expanding—into the 21st century and beyond.
If you are unable to become a Sponsor of Storybook Ball, but wish to support the programs and services of MGHfC, please consider making a gift to the Storybook Ball.
Provide comprehensive, compassionate clinical care
Expand support and services for children and families with complex physical and emotional needs.
Advance innovative research
Support new and ongoing investigations while speeding and expanding the most promising current research – and hasten the translation of those innovations into clinical care.
Care in the community
Continue to deliver the strongest possible commitment to underserved children and their families locally and globally.
Sasha Field, Child Life Specialist