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2017 Storybook Ball

On October 14, 2017, the Storybook Ball celebrated its 18th year of supporting pediatric care at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

The 2017 Storybook Ball showcased 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.

“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.

The 2017 Storybook Ball raised more than $2.25 million to support pediatric research initiatives and patient care programs. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Demarest Lloyd Jr. Foundation and Brian and Adria Sheth for their generous matching gifts. We could not have reached this incredible fundraising milestone without all of you.

Event Details

Please support our efforts by joining us for the 18th annual Storybook Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event will be held at The Castle at 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA.

For general inquires about Storybook Ball, please email or call 617.724.3637.

Highlights from the 2017 Storybook Ball

Each year, the Storybook Ball profiles a patient and family who have received care at MGHfC. This year’s Storybook Ball showcased 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. Relive the 2017 Storybook Ball by watching the video below, which features 8-year-old Reese Robledo.

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 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.
  • Provide comprehensive, compassionate clinical careExpand 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.

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.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Visionary Sponsors

  • Demarest Lloyd Jr. Foundation
  • Brian and Adria Sheth

Innovative Sponsors

  • The David Ortiz Children’s Fund

Diamond Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • SharkNinja

Platinum Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • ArcLight Capital Partners
  • The Herb Chambers Charitable Foundation
  • Demi and Tate Isenstadt
  • John Hancock Financial
  • Kelly Family Foundation
  • Isabelle and Ian Loring
  • Sonja Kelly and Steve Tordone
  • Mooney Reed Charitable Foundation
  • Paula J. O’Keeffe

Gold Sponsors

  • Alli and Bill Achtmeyer
  • Bjorg and Eggert Dagbjartsson
  • General Catalyst Management, LLC
  • Brooke and Conan Laughlin
  • John and Sonia Lingos Family Foundation
  • Christine Olsen, MD and Robert Small
  • Parthenon – EY
  • Patty and Charles Ribakoff
  • Alissa and Jack Sebastian
  • Kerry and Brendan Swords

Sterling Sponsors

  • Kaia and Jono Goldstein
  • Jennifer Nassour
  • Nikki and Harry Nudelman

Bronze Sponsors

  • Mickey and Bob Atchinson
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Bruins
  • Germaine and Michael Choe
  • Ellie and Brian Chu
  • Beth and Jay Compson
  • Cosentino Family Charitable Fund
  • Imprivata
  • Heather and Chris Kempczinski
  • Martha and Ronald Kleinman, MD
  • The Kraft Group
  • Lovett-Woodsum Foundation
  • Kristen and John Maxwell
  • Charlotte and Gil Minor
  • Katherine and Ian O’Keeffe
  • PUMA
  • Margaret Randle and Jim McDaniel
  • Melissa Reilly and Timothy Hartshorn
  • The Family of Reese Robledo
  • Annie and Alex Sacerdote
  • Martha and Anthony Vorlicek
  • Naomi Weinberg and Ted Berk

Patron Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Katherine Chapman Stemberg
  • Alexi and Steven Conine
  • Jennifer and Mark Dolins
  • Jaqueline and Graig Fantuzzi
  • Tracy and Matt Friedman
  • Megan and Bill Field
  • Emily and Scott Golin
  • Ashley and Jamie Harmon
  • Tara and Reid Jordan
  • Monica and Adam Kleinman
  • Alyson and Jeff Lindsey
  • Debbie Lunder and Alan Ezekowitz, MD
  • Elinor Lunder
  • Melissa and George Lynch
  • Sarah and Ryan Murphy
  • Aliya and Christopher Page, DMD
  • Stephanie and Brian Spector
  • Eleanor and James Van Alen
  • Sarah and Mark Williamson

Physician Leaders

  • Rachel and Allan Goldstein, MD
  • Susan Treacy and Joseph Vacanti, MD

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Aquitaine Group
  • AVFX
  • Be Our Guest
  • Blank Label
  • bloomingdale’s
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Capo, Lincoln, Loco, Paramount & Stockyard Restaurants
  • The Catered Affair
  • Lenny Clarke
  • Nicole and Michael Conlon
  • Daniel Doke Photography
  • The David Ortiz Children’s Fund
  • DevotionaLuxe
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Graciela Rivas Collection
  • Ashley and Jamie Harmon
  • Hearth Restaurant
  • Shelley Hoon and John Keith
  • Demi and Tate Isenstadt
  • Kate’s Table
  • Sonja Kelly and Steve Tordone
  • LDa Architecture & Interiors
  • NetJets
  • North River Outfitter
  • Notable Occasions
  • Aliya and Christopher Page, DMD
  • Port Lighting Systems
  • PUMA
  • Rafanelli Events
  • REMY
  • Rue La La
  • Shreve, Crump & Low
  • Paige and Rick Sutphin
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Jennifer and Richard Walsh
  • Walsh Brothers
  • WEEI
  • Winston Flowers

Mass General is grateful for the support of its sponsors, but it does not endorse their products or services.