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Sugarplum Ball Benefiting New Orleans’s Children’s Hospital

Photo Courtesy of Children's HospitalPhoto Courtesy of the Children's Hospital

As Louisiana’s only full service hospital geared towards the treatment of children, New Orleans’s own, Children’s Hospital  is indeed an invaluable resource not only to this state but the entire Gulf Coast region. With a busy emergency room, neonatal, pediatric and cardiac intensive care units as well as satellite locations in Metairie, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, Children’s Hospital has made it its mission to provide comprehensive health care to all its patients from the newborn babies to the college bound seniors. And unlike many medical centers, its trustee board is made up entirely of volunteers and all of its revenue goes right back into the hospital. In 2010, it serviced children from 63 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, 48 states and 3 foreign countries!

On Friday, March 16, 2012, Children’s Hospital will hold its 31stAnnual Sugarplum Ball. The first Sugarplum Ball helped

to provide the hospital’s first intensive care transport team. Known for its colorful themes, 4-star food and entertainment, the Sugarplum Ball has become one of New Orleans society’s favorite and most anticipated nights of the year. Co-chaired by Erin Luetkemeier and Holly Gordon, this year’s

Photo Courtesy of Children's Hospital

theme is Voodoo Bayou Ball and it is sure to be a night to remember. The night’s honoree will be Ralph Brennan.

Held at the home and gardens of Mr. Gregor Fox, attendees of this sold out black tie event will dine on delicious food donated from 30 of the city’s finest restaurants with live demonstrations from guest chef Brian Landry of  Borgne  Restaurtant of the Besh Group. And that’s only half the fun! Party goers will the dance night away to the tunes of Junior and Sumtin Sneaky with special guest Rockin Dopsie.  If guests have never seen either of these bands perform, then they will be indeed in for a treat.

The silent auction tables will be brimming with exciting items such as stays at private Florida beach houses (donated Children’s Hospitals’ very own Dr. Andrew King and Dr. Mark Cuban), a Wellington and Co. diamond necklace and a very special “voodoo raffle.” Though tickets are no longer available for this amazing event, there are still many ways help this well worthy cause. Click for information on volunteering and giving . And be sure to mark your calendar for next year!

Sugarplum Ball 2012 (Photo Courtesy of Children's Hospital)

When: Friday, March 16, 2012 from 7:30pm-11:30pm

Where: The Home of Mr. Gregor Fox, 1239 First Street, NewOrleans, LA

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