In an enchanting fusion of glamor and philanthropy, the “Miracles & Magic” Gala hosted by Connecticut Children’s at the Connecticut Convention Center on November 11, 2023, achieved a new milestone. Raising a staggering $1,502,962, the event eclipsed its previous records, with a notable highlight being the attendance of Diane Guerrero and Jessica Darrow from Disney’s “Encanto.”
The gala transformed the Convention Center into a vivid tapestry mirroring the animated world of “Encanto,” adding an extra sprinkle of magic with Guerrero and Darrow, the voices behind Isabela and Luisa. Their presence electrified the atmosphere, offering unforgettable moments to the children from Connecticut Children’s Hospital and nearly a thousand supporters gathered for this noble cause.
This year, the event also welcomed sports icons from ESPN such as Field Yates, Elle Duncan, Gary Striewski, and Seth Greenberg, adding a touch of sports glamour. The meticulously organized red carpet by Jane Owen and Julia Lesser of JOPR set the stage for a night of elegance and celebration.
Foundation President Paulanne Jushkevich expressed her awe at the gala’s success, emphasizing the significance of the funds raised for children and families relying on Connecticut Children’s for care and hope.
The rhythmic cadence of Avenue Groove marked the grand finale of the gala, leaving an indelible imprint of joy and generosity in the hearts of all attendees. As the music reverberated through the Connecticut Convention Center, Foundation President Paulanne Jushkevich and CEO Jim Shmerling stepped forward to express heartfelt gratitude. In their acknowledgment, they emphasized the pivotal role played by each participant, with special appreciation for the enchanting presence of Jessica Darrow and Diane Guerrero. Their involvement not only elevated the evening but served as a catalyst, inspiring a surge of generosity among the attendees. The resounding success of the event, with a record-breaking fundraising total, stands as a testament to the collective commitment to Connecticut Children’s mission. As the curtains fell on the gala, a palpable spirit of compassion and unwavering support lingered, painting a promising canvas for the brighter and healthier future envisioned for every child embraced by the care of Connecticut Children’s, the state’s only health system entirely dedicated to pediatrics.
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