Throughout the last year, I have volunteered a few times at Broward General/Chris Evert Children's Hospital. One of these times I brought my husband Dan with me. It was Christmas. I had went to Wal-mart and bought all the warm, fuzzy colorful socks I could find, along with puzzle books, word finds, and coloring books for the kids to brighten their holiday. I had Dan sign a bunch of Miami Dolphin pics and we were off! We don't have family in Florida, so rather than spend the holiday alone, I thought....hey, why not hit up the hospital? I had never taken Dan with me before, or Brandon and Katie Fields who I also invited to come along, so I was excited and a little nervous. I hoped that they would enjoy the visit and the children as much as I had in the past.
Well, it was a success! After going from room to room and handing out Christmas goodies, I felt like Dan had walked away from our afternoon at the hospital feeling like he had made a difference. I felt like he now understood why I hooped and hollered all the time about how great it was to spend time with the children and young adults there.
My feeling about his understanding was accurate. How do I know this? Because as soon as I told him Sara at Broward General/Chris Everts had invited us to take part in A Prom To Remember, and explained that it was a prom for teens with cancer, his eyes lite up. He jumped at the opportunity to be able to spend more time with this great bunch of kids. He couldn't wait to give back again and spend his time doing something meaningful.
It didn't take long to become involved deeper in the project as I started to follow Valentina's blog posts. (You will see her beautiful pictures later). I was so excited I found myself inviting other players to attend the event as well, volunteering to take part in stuffing 200+ gift bags, and signing Dan and I up for hauling poles, backdrops, and banners with his truck the day before.
We were not the only volunteers, and our work was minimal compared to that of many. There were a number of people who worked tirelessly and put in endless hours to make A Prom To Remember THE prom to remember. The Prom organized by Brandon Opre with the help of many others has, did, and will continue, to make everlasting memories for many teens battling cancer and/or battling the tolls it it can take on their young lives.
I wanted to write and talk about all the sponsors involved, how beautiful the kids looked, and what a touching event the 3rd Annual A Prom To Remember was, but I have a feeling that the pictures will do it justice. AND, if any of you are interested in reading more about all the juicy details, I posted links to a few great articles at the end of the post.
This is by far to date the most rewarding thing that Dan or I have ever been a part of.
Ryan Baker, Davone Bess, Dan Carpenter, John Denney, and Marlon Moore were escorts on the Red Carpet for the evening.
I know some of the pics go off the page but I want them to be big to you can see them well.
This first picture was taken by Kelley Gavin - A Dolphins Photographer - This is my favorite shot of the night!
Beautiful! Valentina and Dan.
I have had this blown up on our screen all day. I love this picture. I know it fits weird on the screen but I wanted it big. When I click on it, it gets even bigger and more beautiful.
Local Beauty Queens to escort the guys.
My husband, so there are more pics of him because he is naturally my favorite:)
Valentina getting interviewed on after the red carpet by Shireen Sandavol with Deco Drive! You Go Girl!!
Look at this Red Carpet Applause!!
Photo Both at the Prom with Baker, and Denneys. Why? Cause it's fun. Why the weird faces? Cause we are weird. And weird is normal. :)
A Prom To Remember Website
Cute Video from the prom. Dan and I are in 0:06-0:47, Our good friend Ryan Baker is shown in 0:47-0:52, and showing off his dance skills from 1:12-1:16. Our awesome friend Sara, who we have come to know through Chris Evert Children's Hospital speaks from 0:56-1:16.
Miami Dolphins Website write up and a few more pics
Article in Sun Sentinel