Spirits soared at the Exceptional Care for Children’s 9thannual Spring Gala last week, where several of the 230 guests received their first look at the facility several medically fragile children call home.
For the first time, the Spring Gala was held on the property of ECFC, located on seven tranquil acres in Newark, giving supporters an opportunity to see the recently renovated wing of the property where the gala and other large events now can be held. The renovated space is essentially a very attractive gym that the organization now calls the Super Hero Training Center.
The theme for the party was “There’s No Place Like Home,” which borrowed many colorful and aesthetic aspects from the Wizard of Oz, including “emerald green” imagery, yellow brick road lemonade signature cocktails and ruby red shoes with bright red flowers as centerpieces on dinner tables.
At Delaware’s only residential pediatric skilled nursing facility, technology-dependent children receive round-the-clock care from skilled nursing professionals who also offer a warm embrace for the children they grow so fond of. ECFC bridges the gap between traditional in-patient treatment and the difficulties of pediatric home care models.
“It was an incredible night,” said Yolanda Rushdan, director of Development at Exceptional Care for Children. “We were so fortunate to be able to bring donors to our property and bring some of our kids over to the party, so people could see the direct impact of their involvement with ECFC.”
Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen served as the evening’s honorary chairs. Quillen is a play date volunteer at ECFC, where she regularly comes and interacts with the children. As a token of gratitude, children presented Quillan a handmade piece of art with painted hands in a tree of life.
“Tracey and her security detail have developed such a beautiful relationship with our kids,” said Rushdan. She and the many volunteers and supporters we have are helping our kids thrive and become their best selves.”
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