BOSTON, Mass. (March 30, 2019) – For the first time, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation hosted “Prom at the Park” for teen patients of Boston Children’s Hospital at Fenway Park. Providing nearly 100 teens ages 14-18 and guests with an unforgettable evening of dancing, games, and appearances by Red Sox favorites Wally the mascot, groundskeeper Dave Mellor and his facility dog Drago, this milestone event supports the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling illness or hunger.
Before the prom, teens were invited to prompose to their dates and prepare for prom thanks to the Child Life Specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital, who understand the impact and positive effects this event will have long after the prom is over. According to Beth Donegan, Director, Child Life Services, Boston Children’s Hospital, “For a small moment in time this event allowed teen patients the opportunity to be with their friends, surrounded by those who truly understand. They were able to get dressed up, dance, play some games, connect with friends and create a memory that will last a life time.”
The Dell EMC Club at Fenway Park was transformed into a magical space featuring the Red Sox World Series trophy, a message on the Fenway board for selfies, giant Jenga and other games – just a few elements that made this first-ever prom a magical evening. With plenty of input from the Boston Children’s Hospital Teen Advisory Committee, this party was filled with fun activities, refreshments, photo booth, video game stations, giant games, and more.
Cooper, the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Chief Joy Officer and ambassador for the Dogs for Joy program, was a celebrity guest at the event, and walked the red carpet to raise awareness for facility dogs everywhere. “The mission of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is to bring joy to kids battling illness. We are thrilled we could help bring a milestone moment like prom to teen patients at Boston Children’s Hospital,” said Kari McHugh, Executive Director of the Joy in Childhood Foundation.
To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation and its impact in communities across the country, visit http://www.bringjoy.org.
About the Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Joy in Childhood Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $20 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit www.bringjoy.org.
About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 3,000 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.