The 56th Annual
children's hospital foundation ball
Friday, November 1, 2019
7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour
Enjoy the cocktail hour visiting with friends, exploring the extravagant decorations at the Club, and participating in our annual Jewelry Raffle. Passed hors d'oeuvres are sure to delight.
8:00 p.m. - Seated Dinner
Seating requests will be accommodated when possible, so gather your friends and family and put together your table of 10.
9:45 p.m. - Jewelry Raffle Winners Announced
Enter to win one of our amazing jewelry raffle prizes. View our raffle items and pre-purchase tickets today.
10:00 p.m. - Live Music and Dancing
Light up the dance floor and dance the night away!
This year’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball will benefit the Center for Craniofacial Care at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR).
Funds will be used to treat more children with vascular birthmarks and tumors and create a pediatric laser center to help children with vascular birthmarks and scars including those from burns or other traumatic injuries. Funding also will be used to develop a comprehensive multidisciplinary program to treat children with 22q11 deletion syndrome, a common genetic syndrome with widely varying symptoms including heart abnormalities and cleft palates.
Laser treatment of burn and plastic surgery scars hasn’t been available to young children who require anesthesia to minimize discomfort and reduce movement during the procedure. CHoR has the only Level 1 pediatric burn center in Virginia that is certified by the American Burn Association. As lasers have improved, techniques have been developed that vastly improve outcomes for children with scars from burns to the face and body, as well as for other types of scars. Laser treatment is also a very important treatment for many types of vascular birthmarks and helps minimize both the functional impact and the appearance of scars. Proceeds from the Ball will help make sure that kids in our area with these issues can look, feel, and function the best way possible.
Meet Emma, 10
Born in China with cleft lip and cleft palate, Emma lived in an orphanage until she was adopted by her parents, Tricia and Ed, when she was 15 months old. Prior to bringing Emma home, Tricia and Ed met with the team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Center for Craniofacial Care to learn about the services available to Emma.
Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, Virginia’s only full-time craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon, CHoR’s Center for Craniofacial Care follows more than 1,500 children with cleft, craniofacial and vascular conditions. The Center’s comprehensive, multi-disciplinary clinics include specialists from dentistry, genetics, psychology, oral surgery, orthodontics, dermatology, interventional radiology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology (ENT), plastic surgery, speech therapy and others.
“The biggest thing they told us was to take it one procedure at a time,” Ed recalls of the Blair’s initial meeting with the craniofacial team. “They were very clear that it would be a process through her childhood and not a simple procedure."
Three months after being adopted, Emma had cleft palate surgery at CHoR and began visiting the Craniofacial Clinic to meet with the team’s specialists during half-day clinics twice a year. After these appointments, the team met in-person to discuss any needs or concerns and then followed up with the Blairs, who appreciated having a team of familiar faces each visit.
As her daughter has gotten older, Tricia says she appreciates the time the team spends answering Emma’s questions, explaining what’s to come, and talking directly to Emma to involve her in her care.
“Our goal is to help kids reach their full potential,” says Dr. Rhodes. “It is important for kids to understand we see them as people and not diagnoses. We want children to look, feel, and function the very best possible.”
“I was born with cleft lip and cleft palate so I got it fixed,” Emma says matter-of-factly. “I like going to Children’s Hospital because they’re all nice and tell me what’s going on.”
“We’re really fortunate to have Children’s Hospital here,” Ed adds. “I can’t imagine being in an area without this resource.”