A Night to Remember


A guy wheeling down the red carpet and a woman walking next to him

On Saturday, April 28, Shriners Hospitals for Children ­– Northern California rolled out the red carpet to welcome patients and their guests to its second annual hospital prom. Billed as A Night to Remember, the event began with hair and make-up appointments in the early afternoon followed by limousine rides and a dance in the hospital auditorium. The spectacular event was punctuated by cheers, tears and memories to last a lifetime.

These patients, ages 16-19, truly enjoyed a full prom experience — made even more meaningful by fact that many were unable to attend their own high school proms due to hospitalization or physical challenges. Proud parents and hospital staff lined the red carpet as the patients arrived for the prom. Some danced with wheelchairs, some with walkers, and others with braces or artificial limbs especially designed for them at Shriners Hospital.

“We wanted to give our kids an opportunity to enjoy an event that maybe they had to miss in high school because they were in the hospital, or in too much pain, or they simply weren’t asked,” said Melissa Grialou, manager of the therapeutic recreation and child life program at Shriners.

Orchestrated by our Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life team, all the finishing touches were made possible by a kind and generous community.

Three girls dancing

Two girls posing for a picture

Young girl being wheeled down the red carpet

Young couple dancing

Young woman adjusting a young mans bowtie

Woman pushing a young boy down the red carpet

Young woman getting her makeup done

Two young men in suits smiling

Young couple slow dancing

Young couple dancing down the red carpet

We are so grateful to the following businesses and individuals who donated everything from pre-prom hair and make-up services to food and decorations to ensure a memorable evening.