The "Cirque du School" hospital school prom at Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford isn't on tour in Las Vegas; but
the dazzling décor and acrobats promise to be every bit as magical -
with many surprises to boot.
"The best part of the prom is the look of awe and wonder on the kids'
faces when they first walk into the cafeteria," said hospital
schoolteacher Kathy Ho, chief organizer and party advisor, who is
whispered to be wearing a tutu to the festivities. "All of a sudden, the
children feel like they are transported. They are not in the hospital
Part Victorian carnival, part kid-friendly cabaret, the 10th
annual hospital school prom provides a getaway without kids having to
leave the hospital, transforming the cafeteria into a mystical world.
Doubling as acrobats, gymnasts from Stanford and Cal will do flips and
tricks. Guests can enjoy a "Cabinet of Curiosities," made in-house and
filled with scientific marvels and strange creatures. Kids and families
can take pictures in a special DreamWorks Animation photo booth, with
photo printing courtesy of Hewlett-Packard. Want some additional
razzle-dazzle for your outfit? Face painters will be ready.
The guest list? Anyone attending the hospital
school over the past year is invited, including brothers and sisters
who relocated to Palo Alto while their sibling received care. The event
is such a draw that kids who are no longer in the hospital travel for
hundreds of miles to be able to come, and kids who attended prom in
years past as patients are eager to come back and volunteer.
Local organizations are also showing their Cirque du School spirit,
donating goods galore to make the event special. Selix Formalwear is
donating tuxes for the little gents, Feet First Entertainment will make
sure that kids can boogie with the latest hit songs, a major sugar buzz
will be provided by the Sugar Shack, and munchies ill be on hand from
"The hospital is able to create a dream world for our patients through
the creativity, dedication and generosity of countless individuals,"
said schoolteacher Kevin Danie, who promises to don a top hat and tailed
tuxedo for the event. "We are excited to get this party started."
"Cirque du School"Friday night (16), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA
About Stanford Children's Health and Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children's Health, with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every
child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford
Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative
care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach,
specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations
in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to
supporting our community - from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of
preeminent programs and network of care at stanfordchildrens.org,
and on our Healthier,
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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart of
Stanford Children's Health, and is one of the nation's top hospitals for
the care of children and expectant mothers. We are the only children's
hospital in Northern California with specialty programs ranked in the U.S.
News & World Report Top 10 for 2013-14, and the only
hospital in Northern California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog
Children's Hospital award for quality and patient care safety.
Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.
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