About the CHaD Storybook Ball

As the region's largest health care provider, it is critical that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health do everything possible to support community efforts to reduce transmission and continue to flatten the curve of infection from COVID-19, especially as state restrictions relax in order to allow business activity to resume. We take our responsibility seriously as a provider of health care to avoid activities that could in any way facilitate the spread of disease by potentially bringing asymptomatic carriers together with others, some of whom could likely be health-comprised individuals. This is why we made a decision to cancel, postpone, or transition to virtual events all in-person fundraising, engagement, or stewardship events through December 31, 2020. This means the 2020 CHaD Storybook Ball will not take place.

This decision was not taken lightly, especially given the importance of fundraising events to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), in supporting essential patient and family services and research. We are actively seeking alternative ways to engage our community in supporting CHaD and NCCC to make up for some of this lost revenue.

We recognize that this is a disappointing decision to our dedicated volunteers and our community whose efforts are critical to the success of so many of our events. They are valued partners to us, and we look forward to working together to support CHaD and NCCC in other creative ways. We share that emotion but we believe it is best to refocus our efforts and resources towards alternative fundraising and engagement strategies, and to determine how we might envision and create our 2021 events and beyond. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has forced these difficult decisions but we also hope to proceed with an optimistic vision for the future of our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health events, and we will continue to provide updates as we evolve our thinking for 2021.

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Each year, over 300 business leaders, philanthropists, and friends of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) gather to celebrate the wonder of youth and health of our children, and raise critically needed funds in support of CHaD, New Hampshire’s comprehensive, full-service children's hospital.

The 2019 winter wonderland-themed CHaD Storybook Ball raised over $204,000 for the children and families of CHaD. The magical evening featured beautifully designed tables and trees, as well as other festivities, all in celebration of CHaD, New Hampshire's only children's hospital.

Over 40 designers joined us to showcase their incredible talent and represent some of history’s most beloved children’s storybooks and holiday traditions. The result: a magical wonderland with the power to evoke the inner child of all guests.

A spectacular design and venue was not all that was extraordinary. The 2019 event also featured dinner, live and silent auctions, holiday trees, dancing, and an inspirational story of courage and perseverance from one of CHaD's inspiring patients.