2018 Holiday Heroes Annual Gala Recap

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Our 2018 Annual Gala “Heroes of the Night,” presented by BMO Harris Bank was a tremendous success! Thank you to everyone who participated in the evening, especially all of our sponsors and food donors. Because of your kindness and generosity, we raised a record-breaking $228,800! This level of financial support provides Holiday Heroes with the opportunity to touch the lives of even
more children who are hospitalized due to a critical or chronic illness. One of our friends, Laila Attiah, bravely shared her story about the impact Holiday Heroes has made on her personally. After being
diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at six years old, Laila faced a difficult road ahead of her. In order to combat the damaging effects Crohn’s has both physically and mentally, Laila began regularly receiving day-long IV treatments.

We met Laila last spring at Lutheran General, while throwing an Easter-themed hospital party with other patients, their families and our volunteers. After a day of egg coloring, lunch together and sharing stories of encouragement and support, we were able to gift Laila and the other patients a $100 Target Gift card as a special surprise, putting a smile on her face in an otherwise dreary situation.
Because of Joel Bess, recipient of our Heart of a Hero award, we will be able to serve children just like Laila now in the greater Los Angeles area! Bess, CEO of Optimal Fusion along with Zack Brown, VP, are dedicated to fuel these efforts in loving memory of Eli Gradon. The Los Angeles chapter will be kicking off the party season in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles on August 22nd with a back-to-school themed celebration.

“While we are often powerless to alter the diagnoses, the course of treatments, the seemingly unending pain, and ultimately, sometimes, even the most tragic fate of these innocent children, we, in fact, have a great power to change mere moments in their journey through illness. Holiday Heroes presented me with an opportunity to be a positive force that can bring a smile to the lips of a suffering child even during his very darkest days,” proclaims Bess.

See photos from this year’s Gala here.

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