Spring Board Meeting 2020– On May 20, 2020, the League hosted the very first virtual Spring Board Meeting, hosted by members of the Child Life Department, including Beth Donegan, Director of Child Life, Kirsten Getchell, Clinical and Program Manager BCH, and Mark Fuller, board certified Music Therapist. Participants were educated about changes implemented in the department since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as the many innovative ideas initiated, allowing Child Life to maintain the high level of care historically provided at BCH. In addition, the League presented annual giving of close to $385,400 to the Trust, representing funding to 11 different essential programs at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Holiday Marketplace “Sip, Shop and Schmooze”– On December 4, 2019, the League hosted its first Holiday Marketplace. The event included 20 local vendors ranging from jewelry designers to candy purveyors, and everything in between. Each vendor donated a share of their proceeds from the sales to the League. Over 200 people attended, raising over $2,300 to support the hospital.
Boston Children’s Hospital League Gala 2019: Be Bold– On November 23, 2019, the League hosted its annual Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year at the House of Blues. This hugely successful evening of fundraising was highlighted by a Venetian backdrop and included endless dancing, bold colors and exciting silent and live auctions. The second year of the Young Professionals Party provided an opportunity for new philanthropists to engage with the League’s mission. Overall, the evening raised over $422,077 for Boston Children’s Hospital.
FORD v FERRARI Premiere Fundraiser– On November 14, 2019, the Showcase Cinemas in Chestnut Hill was the setting for an exclusive screening in the Boston area of Ford v Ferrari. This League fundraiser raised $3,200 from ticket sales all in support of programs at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Fall Board Meeting 2019– On November 6, 2019, the League hosted its annual Fall Board Meeting at the Patient Entertainment Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. The guest speaker was Marcie Brostoff, Vice President and Associate Chief Nurse for Patient Care and Clinical Operations. Marcie presented an overview of the hospital’s Emergency Services and Management, the role and demand for Behavioral Response Teams, Physical and Occupation Therapies and the focus on providing the best possible Family Experience. In addition, four newly inducted Board Members were recognized and welcomed.
Bloomingdale’s Fashionable Fundraiser– On September 15, 2019, the League held another successful Fashionable Fundraiser at Bloomingdale’s, Chestnut Hill. Over 80 women gathered for a morning of private shopping and a champagne brunch, all for the benefit of children being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital 2019– On June 9, 2019, the League raised close to $30,000 by participating in the Eversource Walk, all in support of Child Life Services at BCH. Special thanks to all who walked on behalf of the League and donated to this very important annual fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital.
Story Book Brunch– On May 18, 2019, the League hosted a first ever Story Book Brunch at Belmont Country Club. League Members and friends of the League brought their children and grandchildren to spend of morning of food, crafts and a special reading of Curious George. All enjoyed a visit from the BCH Laughter League Clowns. Participants donated over 140 books to the Yawkey Family Inn at BCH for patients and families to enjoy.
Spring Board Meeting 2019– On May 8, 2019, the League hosted the annual Spring Board Meeting at Belmont Country Club. We heard from guest speakers Kathryn E. Akerman, MD, MPH, Director of the Female Athletic Program in the Division of Sports Medicine, and Catherine Gordon, MD, MSc, Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. In addition, the League presented Hilary Smiley, Assistant Vice President of Leadership Gifts, a donation of over $600,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital, allowing for the continuation of critical programs necessary for the optimal care of children and families.
Culinary Adventure at Clarke Living– On April 11, 2019, Clarke Living in Boston threw a fabulous event to raise funds for the Boston Children’s Hospital League. Tom Clarke kicked off the evening with the introduction of two celebrity chefs, two-time Chopped winner Tatiana Rosana of Outlook Kitchen and Bar at the Envoy Hotel, and Dave Becker of Sweet Basil, Balani and Juniper restaurants. It was a terrific spring evening with all the proceeds “bringing laughter and smiles,” funding programs for all children being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Check out this Boston Magazine article for great photos from the event!