HERNDON, Va. (9/23/14)--More than 100 patients receiving care at Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, Va., attended the Night of Magic Ball--an event sponsored by the Northwest FCU Foundation that giving chronically ill patients and their families an evening away from the stresses of being in the hospital.
|Children dance the night away during Northwest FCU Foundation's Night of Magic Ball. (Northwest FCU Foundation Photo)|
The foundation is the charitable arm of Northwest FCU, Herndon, Va., with $2.6 billion in assets.
Night of Magic is a time of laughter, dancing, crafts, games, food, prizes and fun for those in attendance. The guests often miss out on childhood events such as father-daughter dances, after-school parties and even their high school proms. The Night of Magic Ball is a way of creating an evening where they can forget about their medical concerns for a few hours.
This year's event--a carnival theme--was coordinated with the help of 55 volunteers and donors from the surrounding communities. It started with patients selecting party attire from an assortment of new dresses and suits that were theirs to keep. Hair and makeup was completed by a team of volunteer professionals. Attendees met with the ringmaster for entry into the carnival ball, where a magician opened the evening with a performance.
The night included music with a DJ, and dance professionals teaching the latest moves and line dances. Volunteers also provided a craft table and game area. There was plenty of food and beverages, and photo booths provided both "posed" prom photos and dress-up photos. As the evening ended, patients were able to select a special keepsake from a gift table, and all attendees received goodie bags.
One of the night's highlights was a check presentation from the foundation. Linda Rogus, the foundation's executive director, joined Northwest Federal President/CEO Chris McDonald to present $3,000 to Child Life Services at Inova Children's Hospital to purchase electronic games to be used by hospital patients.