Children's Specialized Hospital Hosts Arabian Nights Themed Prom for Patients

May 21, 2017

It was a glamorous night at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, as over 40 patients, from babies to 21-year olds, made their grand entrance looking like celebrities to the Arabian Night’s themed Prom where they sang, danced, and enjoyed a special dinner.  The boys wore jackets and ties, the girls wore dresses, and everybody wore a big smile.  Children’s Specialized Hospital treats children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and other life-changing illnesses.

“When children are in the hospital, they often miss out on important events so we want to normalize the hospital environment as much as possible and give the kids a fun experience, ” said Samantha Adams, child life specialist at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “Not only is this a great event for the kids, but it is nice to see all of our patient’s families have fun and enjoy a night out together.”

This is the fifth prom organized by the members of the Child Life and Recreational Therapy departments at Children’s Specialized Hospital.  Therapists incorporated getting ready for the event into their treatment sessions, such as helping patients learn how to dress in their donated formalwear.  Even children who were unable to attend the dance had an opportunity to dress up and have a picture taken at their bedside. 

Before the prom, stylist from Zoku Salon in Summit and Jose Eber Salon in Milburn donated their time and skills to assist patients with their hair and make-up for the big night. International Junior Miss New Jersey Teen, Julianna Rankel, and the EnCourage Kids Foundation donated decorations that transformed the hospital’s auditorium for a night the children will never forget. Alba Creative, a custom backdrop organization, donated a stunning Arabian night’s backdrop for patients to take photos in front of.

At the party, each patient was introduced and made a grand entrance through a balloon arch as staff lined the entrance cheering.  Patients, families, and staff then dined before hitting the dance floor.  DJ Frank Loschiavo and DJ Rip of Prime Time Events  volunteered their time to spin the tunes and East Coast Photo Booths donated and operated a photo booth.  Photographers Tom Schoenknecht and Tom Lokos captured all of the excitement on film and printed portraits for the patients to have as keepsakes.  And no prom is complete without flowers, which were made into corsages and boutonnieres by volunteers.  Bunch a Balloon donated Arabian Nights themed balloons such as lamps and a balloon archway that resembled Jasmine’s castle in Disney’s Aladdin.

Pictures here: Children's Specialized Hospital Prom Pictures  

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