This year’s “Sugarplum Ball,” Children’s Hospital’s signature black-tie event, took guests’ breath away at the recently renovated and restored Terminal at Lakefront Airport. With a “Fly Away” theme, guests enjoyed décor and musical entertainment themes from the golden age of aviation, featuring the Yat Pack and edibles and libations from 33 different local eateries.
Chaired by Evelyn Kissel and Andrea Mahfouz, the ball isn’t famous only for its large planning committee (more than 100 dedicated men and women), but also for its honorees each year. “Fly Away” honored long-time board member Betty Sullivan, who has been a valued part of Children’s Hospital’s support system for more than 25 years, serving in capacities such as board chair and board member, and was also instrumental in the acquisition of Touro Infirmary. On behalf of Children’s, LCMC Health Board Chair Whit Hughley and LCMC Health Senior Advisor Steve Worley presented the award to Sullivan.
The evening also featured four silent auction boards, all named after famous aviators, and a raffle prize of diamond earrings from Wellington & Company. Raised funds of more than $260,000 went to Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Sugarplum Ball 2014,” benefiting Children’s Hospital
When: Friday, March 28
Where: Lakefront Airport