Shriners Hospitals Hosts Prom for Patients

An image of prom night at Shriners

On Saturday, May 20, Shriners Hospitals for Children ­– Northern California rolled out the red carpet to welcome patients and their guests to its first hospital prom. Billed as An Enchanted Evening, the event began with hair and make-up appointments in the early afternoon followed by limousine rides and a dance in the hospital auditorium. The spectacular event was punctuated by cheers, tears and memories to last a lifetime.

These patients, ages 16-19, truly enjoyed a full prom experience — made even more meaningful by fact that many were unable to attend their own high school proms due to hospitalization or physical challenges. Proud parents and hospital staff lined the red carpet as the patients arrived for the prom. Some danced with wheelchairs, some with walkers, and others with braces or artificial limbs especially designed for them at Shriners Hospital.

“We wanted to give our kids an opportunity to enjoy an event that maybe they had to miss in high school because they were in the hospital, or in too much pain, or they simply weren’t asked,” said Melissa Grialou, manager of the therapeutic recreation and child life program at Shriners.

Orchestrated by our Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life team, all the finishing touches were made possible by a kind and generous community.

Sacramento Bee articles

I never thought my son would be able to go to prom.’ A special night at Shriners Hospital. Click here to read the article by Cynthia Hubert at the Sacramento Bee.

Angeline Varasala and son experience first prom at Shriners Hospital. Click here to read the Sacramento Bee article.

Patients get royal treatment for Shriners Hospital’s first annual prom. Click here to read to read the Sacramento Bee article.

We are so grateful to the following businesses and individuals who donated everything from pre-prom hair and make-up services to food and decorations to ensure a memorable evening.

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