Thursday, October 25, 2012

Storybook Ball Raises More Than $1.3 Million for MGHfC

Eight-year-old former MGHfC patient Tommy McGraw and his caretakers Rachel Bolton, RN; Torunn Yock, MD; and Hallie Kasper, NP.

Supporting pediatric patients was among the favorite things of the 500 guests who attended the 13th annual Storybook Ball Oct. 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “The Sound of Music”-themed event featured dancing, dinner, carnival games and a live auction. More than $1.3 million was raised for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). This year the proceeds will help further MGHfC’s Pediatric Nutrition and music and art therapy programs.

The evening included a video highlighting the story of Tommy McGraw, an 8-year-old proton therapy patient from Tacoma, WA. Tommy, sporting a tuxedo and toting a stuffed shark wearing a black bowtie, was on hand as his father, Lt. Col. Joseph “Jake” McGraw, thanked MGHfC staff and clinicians for their support.

Guests also bid on live auction items ranging from front row tickets to a Justin Bieber concert and a chance to meet the teen heartthrob to a package from bassist Todd Hamilton featuring tickets to an Aerosmith concert in Los Angelos and back stage passes to meet the band. Event sponsors included Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Boston Bruins, Cooley Manion Jones, LLP., Euro-Pro, Fresh, Goldman, Sachs & Co., HBO, Intermix, KAUFMANFRANCO, Mandarin Oriental, Neiman Marcus, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Rafanelli Events, Serenella, Twin Farms, Valentino and Winston Flowers. The event was co-chaired by Kerry Swords and Katherine O’Keeffe.

“This year's Story Book Ball was an extraordinary event,” said Ronald Kleinman, MD, Physician in Chief at MGHfC. “The support provided by the Ball this year will be invaluable in advancing the clinical programs and research that benefit the children we serve.”

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