Children’s Hospital opened in 1955 as Crippled Children’s Hospital, a treatment facility for children with polio. Now, as part of its 60th birthday celebration, the hospital will hold the “Sugarplum Ball 2015 presents The Classics” on March 27 on the grounds of the hospital’s State Street campus starting at 8 p.m.

Co-Chairs Lisa Happoldt and Marianna Trepagnier promise a sparkling 1950s-inspired night including a raffle for a necklace valued at $20,000 donated by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques New Orleans, ’50s and ’60s music by Sha’on and the Girls of Success, a tented parking lot transformed into a ’50s-era house, a soda shop featuring soda jerks and a sampling of foods from more than 30 local restaurants.

The ball will honor Valero, represented on our cover by Vice President and General Manager of Valero St. Charles Refinery Ralph Phillip, and all proceeds will benefit The Clinical Outcomes Research Center.

President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Mary Perrin says this black-tie night of bebop and soda shops is not to be missed.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, call 896-9373 or visit

Special thanks to Director of Public Affairs for Children’s Hospital Cathleen Randon for all of her assistance.