Children's Hour

| March 23, 2015 | Parties

The Party
It’s one of S.D.’s longest running and most revered galas, and when the Charity Ball for Rady Children’s Hospital took over the Hotel Del Coronado for The Magic of Miracles, an A-list crowd was on hand to celebrate the nationally recognized leader in pediatric care.

The People
Since the ball’s inception in 1909, it has distinguished itself with its fundraising philosophy: no paddle raise or auction, but instead a keepsake souvenir program filled with donor pledges, this year including $75,000 from the Kumeyaay Nation. In total, $400,000 was raised to benefit Rady’s neuro-oncology program. And before dinner in the Crown Room, the evening’s most generous donors were honored at an exclusive cocktail reception in the hotel’s Carousel Room. Following dinner, guests convened in the Grand Ballroom for a dazzling display of illusion from magician Greg Wilson.

Best in Show
The evening’s highlight needed no slight of hand to draw awestruck gasps from the crowd: President and CEO Donald Kearns announced that the world’s first pediatric heart transplant was performed at Rady Jan. 14, and that a second had been performed just hours before the Charity Ball commenced. Magical. –Photography by Jamie Dickerson


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