2020: Rainbow Fish
In 2020, the Storybook Ball was virtual for the first time in the event’s 21-year history. The virtual gala highlighted MGHfC’s response to COVID-19, as clinicians and staff stepped in to provide care for adult and pediatric patients admitted to Mass General with the virus.
2019: Toy Story
In 2019, the 20th annual Storybook Ball featured Gastrointestinal Health and Disease. The Pediatric GI and Nutrition Program at MGHfC provides comprehensive care for children with gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders. Funds raised at the 2019 Storybook Ball supported research aimed at improving the health of children with chronic conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, liver disorders and celiac disease.
2018: 101 Dalmatians
In 2018, Storybook Ball showcased MGHfC’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which is dedicated to the behavioral, cognitive and emotional health of its patients and families. The Pediatric Behavioral Health team provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with a full spectrum of behavioral or emotional difficulties in inpatient and outpatient settings.
2017: Beauty and the Beast at the Castle In 2017, the 18th annual Storybook Ball featured the transformational initiatives at the MGHfC Food Allergy Center, where cutting-edge research and evidence-based, multidisciplinary practice are utilized to provide the best possible care to patients with food allergies. Funds raised at the 2017 Storybook Ball supported pediatric research initiatives and patient care programs in the Food Allergy Center.
2016: Winnie The Pooh at the Castle In 2016, the 17th annual Storybook Ball featured Medical Genetics, a program that specializes in the evaluation and care of patients who have health problems with a genetic or metabolic basis. The skilled team within medical genetics has extensive experience treating a comprehensive range of genetic conditions including: Angelman Syndrome, Autism Spectrum disorders, Cleft lip and palate disorders, and Pitt Hopkins Syndrome to name a few. Funding from the 2016 Ball went to support genetics research, genetic counseling sessions, telehealth consultations, and resident physician training.
2015: Treasure Island at the Castle The 2015 Storybook Ball highlighted Pediatric Brain Disorders and Brain Surgery. MGHfC is recognized internationally for groundbreaking research and clinical care that has greatly advanced the understanding and treatment of conditions affecting the developing brain. These include pediatric epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries and concussions. The funds raised at the ball supported advanced research initiatives, patient care programs such as child life and music therapy, and training and education courses for pediatric nurses.
2014: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Castle In 2014, Storybook Ball featured MGHfC’s Community and Global Health initiatives. MGH and MGHfC work closely with partners in the greater Boston community and across the world to address health problems and promote policy and system change that will foster measurable and sustainable improvement. Funds raised supported programs in local community health centers, as well as initiatives taking place across the globe, including Colombia, India and Tanzania.
2013: Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Museum of Fine Arts To mark the opening of the new MGHfC Pediatric Emergency Department, the 2013 event highlighted Pediatric Emergency Services and Trauma. This focus took on a new meaning in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The evening commemorated the extraordinary care teams and victims of this horrific tragedy. The funds raised supported various initiatives at MGHfC, including increasing Child Life hours in the Pediatric Emergency Department.
2012: Sound of Music at the Museum of Fine Arts The 2012 event highlighted the importance of the MGHfC Nutrition Programs. Registered dietitians and culinary professionals offer both inpatient and outpatient nutrition counseling and educational services to our patients. In addition, the Food Allergy Center at MGHfC provides clinical care, patient education, and conducts research for children with food allergies. The evening also spotlighted the Art and Music Therapy Programs, which bring comfort and hope to our youngest patients and their families when facing a difficult diagnosis or extended hospital stay.
2011: Batman at the Castle 2011’s ball showcased the Newborn Medicine Program at MGHfC. The Newborn Medicine Program offers comprehensive care options prior to birth and extending throughout the patient’s life. From prenatal diagnosis and pre-delivery treatment in the highly specialized Maternal and Fetal Medicine Program to pediatric and adult care across the hospital, Mass General offer seamless, continuous and coordinated care to patients and families.
2010: Aladdin at the Castle In 2010, Storybook Ball raised funds for Pediatric Emergency Services, which encompass not only the emergency room, but the entire emergency services team at MGHfC including the pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric surgery, neurology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, trauma services and other specialty services. Once patients arrive in the emergency room, Pediatric Emergency Services ensures they will be safely and efficiently transported throughout the hospital to receive the appropriate coordinated emergency care.
2009: Jungle Book at the Westin Waterfront Storybook Ball 2009 raised money for Specialized Transport Teams — comprised of trained intensive care nurses, respiratory therapists and critical care physicians — who bring the highest level of care to critically ill or injured children during transport to MGHfC. At an average cost of $2,000 per transport, the event’s success ensured that all 500 critically ill or injured infants and children brought to MGHfC have the highest level of specialized pediatric care along the way.
2008: Peter Pan at the Castle Treatment of a wide variety of life-threatening issues (severe infections, respiratory diseases, trauma) and post-operative care from complex surgeries takes place in the MGHfC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), providing high-quality care for critically ill infants, children and adolescents. Proceeds from Storybook Ball supported the PICU’s mission and helped establish the first pediatric neurological intensive care unit in the Boston area.
2007: Mary Poppins at the Castle Congenital heart disease is among the leading causes of infant death in the country. Because of this, proceeds from Storybook Ball 2007 promoted the needs of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program at MGHfC. This program handles the most complex procedures through standard or minimally invasive surgery, and delivers preventative care for children facing blood pressure or blood lipid disorders.