Connecticut Children’s Gala, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center, will be a bit like stepping into “Arabian Nights,” or more precisely, into the Disney movie “Aladdin,” where Gala attendees will experience “A Wondrous Place for You and Me.”
Among the many wonders to be seen this year is an Arabian marketplace, where Gala attendees can shop for unique silent-auction items before entering the grand ballroom, where they will dine in palatial style. But it isn’t just the setting: There will be entertainment fit for a sultan, including belly dancers who dance with fire.
In addition to a silent auction and dinner, there also will be a snake charmer, a henna artist and the internationally renowned mentalist Craig Karges, who combines the art of illusion with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible.
Karges has appeared on “Larry King,” the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, CNN and a host of other programs, performing astonishing illusions and baffling feats of mind-reading.
At the end of the evening, the entertainment switches to dance mode with Soul Sound Revue, performing Motown songs with exuberant authenticity.
Gala’s Bid4Kidz Benefits New Infusion & Dialysis Center
This year’s Bid4Kidz auction held during the 2017 Gala will help raise funds for a new Infusion & Dialysis Center at Connecticut Children’s, where all patients requiring infusion therapy and outpatient pediatric dialysis services will receive world-class care in a first-class center.
The existing infusion room in the Gastroenterology Division at Connecticut Children’s is 363 square-feet and is equipped with only six chairs. With more than 3,000 infusions administered each year and more than 3,400 infusions expected by the end of this year, the existing space built in 1996 can no longer comfortably accommodate the growing need.
Children whose conditions are serious enough to require intravenous medication sometimes must spend six or eight hours at a time in one of these chairs every few weeks receiving their infusions. The new center will provide a larger space that is quiet, private and comfortable; it will offer 10 times the space and more than twice the number of chairs, with three dedicated to pediatric outpatient dialysis.
A FIRST IN CONNECTICUT
The new space will include dialysis facilities for children with kidney issues, making Connecticut Children’s the first and only pediatric outpatient dialysis center in the state. Currently, patients as young as 15 months of age who need dialysis to live either must travel a great distance to pediatric dialysis centers in other states, or go to adult facilities in the region.
They will soon be able to get this essential treatment in a place where the staff is trained exclusively in pediatric nephrology and focused on pediatric care.
As a nationally renowned medical center, Connecticut Children’s is committed to providing the best care possible for all patients. Gifts to Bid4Kidz will help us create this new Infusion & Dialysis Center – a first-class center, where children throughout the state and across the region can receive world-class care close to home.