Man in a wheelchair dancing with a woman on the red carpet

Watch our prom video.

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.

Man in a wheelchair dancing with a woman on the red carpet

Three girls dancing

Two girls posing for a photo

A girl being wheeled down the red carpet and people cheering

A boy and girl posing for a photo

A girl helping a boy with a bowtie

A woman pushing a boy down the red carpet in a wheelchair

Two women walking down the red carpet

Two teens dancing

Group of girls dancing

Group of girls having fun

Two teens dancing

A boy in a wheelchair and a girl walking down the red carpet

A boy being walked down the red carpet

A woman posing with a boy

Two teens posing for a photo

Two boys in wheelchairs posing for photo

Teens posing for a photo next to a limo

Two girls posing for a photo

A girl getting her hair done

A girl getting her hair done

A girl getting her makeup done

Decorations for prom

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.

Shriners Prom 2017