It was quite a vision on the eve of March 14, when Children’s Hospital held their annual Sugarplum Ball for more than 500 attendees. This year the N.O. Public Belt Railroad Engine Terminal played host to the event, a first in the terminal’s 85-year life. The historic building was the perfect backdrop to one of local society’s most celebrated fundraisers, as everyone donned their black-tie best for the occasion. Nearly 100 committee members worked tirelessly for months in advance planning the fête, including event chairs Lynne Gibbons and Gwathmey Gomila. Delicious hors d’oeuvres from 20 different restaurants, including Bacco, La Cote Brasserie, Pascal’s Manale, Haydel’s Bakery and Creole Creamery, were passed around throughout the event. Everyone knows the party isn’t complete without a signature drink, which is why Republic National Distributing Company donated cocktails, including the “Golden Spike”, a delightful concoction of Firefly Sweet Tea vodka and lemonade. The evening honored Susan Johnson for her devotion to the hospital and 24 years as a trustee. In total the fundraiser saw $192,000 donated to Children’s Hospital’s surgery department, a grandiose amount to aid in the hospital’s mission of  “celebrating 50 years of healing, one child at a time.”