The 57th Annual
children's hospital foundation ball
Friday, November 6, 2020
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.
10:00 p.m. - Live Music and Dancing
Light up the dance floor and dance the night away!
We're building the best place for kids to get better.
This year’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball will support the construction of our new inpatient hospital.
Construction began for the new Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in the summer of 2019. When it is completed in 2022, it will be a state-of-the-art, life changing, lifesaving institution for all children in our community. The facility will provide new operating rooms, imaging capacity, emergency department space and family amenities — exclusively to provide the best care in an environment designed for kids and families. The new facility will be a home for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s extraordinary doctors, nurses, specialists and medical technicians to carry out their passion for pediatric care.
Whether a child has a medical emergency or a chronic condition requiring ongoing treatment, they can turn to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for the best care, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Our new inpatient hospital will ensure that the space in which they receive this care is also exceptional.
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.”