On Saturday, September 23, Southern New Hampshire University’s Fieldhouse transformed into New Hampshire’s one-of-a-kind fundraising gala, the 2017 CHaD Storybook Ball, presented by CruCon Cruise Outlet. In great celebration of CHaD’s 25th anniversary, the event featured over 35 local design team volunteers who donated their time and talents to transport guests into a magical wonderland that resulted in nearly $210,000 raised for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).
Nearly 38 tables were showcased at the unique fundraising event, where table top designs each reflected a beloved children’s book centered on the theme of travel. Doors opened early to the event’s VIP guests, CHaD patients, who were greeted by Party Palace characters such as Cinderella, Snow White and other favorites who served as tour guides while young patients took on the task of voting for their table design. The afternoon of fun concluded for patients with a sweet treat courtesy of A to Z Cakes and a new book to add to their home library.
As the clock stuck 6 p.m., 380 guests arrived in style to a red carpet welcome and began the night with a cocktail hour truly fit for a king while also playing the part of table judges. Scrumptious appetizers from Hanover Street Chophouse, Hilton Garden Inn, Cabonnay and Tuscan Kitchen were followed by a steak and shrimp feast provided by SNHU catering. Ball-goers toured the tables, bid on a bevy of silent and live auction items, and mingled with fellow ball guests before finding their seats at their own themed table.
The onstage program kicked-off with event emcee and WMUR anchor Erin Fehlau who provided a New Hampshire Chronicle tribute to some of CHaD’s most heartfelt patient stories. CHaD director Dr. Keith Loud continued the milestone celebration and honored Pam Thompson, the organization’s co-founder, and later led a standing ovation for CHaD patient and two-time cancer survivor Avery Forrestall. The magical evening concluded with the long-awaited announcement of this year’s Best Table Design recipients, honoring first the CHaD patient vote to the design team at Catholic Medical Center for Trolls, and the Storybook Ball guest vote to designer Oneail FX for The Hobbit.
Through the generous support of Ball sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers one hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds support CHaD in its great mission in providing the best care to the children of our community. Special thanks are due to our incredible design teams, Storybook Ball committee, and event partners Abbott Rental and Party Store, Glass and Gear, Image 4, Altos, Malloy Events, Alpha Graphics, and Party Palace. Thank you to event sponsors CruCon Cruise Outlet, SNHU, Wallboard Supply Co., 603 Screen Printing, Conifer, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Advisors, and the Wright Family for their time and commitment in bringing the magic to this year’s Storybook Ball.