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July 13, 2012

Une soirée à Paris! SickKids teens spend an unforgettable evening in Paris

By Elisabeth Laratta

Zane and Luke Braun wore a pair of sharp fedoras to the prom.
Zane and Luke Braun wore a pair of sharp fedoras to the prom.

Teens at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) spent a chic evening in Paris on July 12, dancing and dining French bistro-style at the fourth annual prom-inspired After Hours Exclusive Teen Event.

The Paris skyline covered the walls around the Rotunda, which was transformed into a star-lit “Midnight in Paris,” complete with Eiffel Tower and bistro tables. Guests enjoyed sampling from a French-inspired dessert bar, including a chocolate fountain, crêpes and croissants and sipping on faux French martinis.

Earlier in the evening partygoers were entertained by SickKids patient Alex Salmon, a.k.a DJ Skinnzy as they found their French flair with the help of hair stylists and makeup artists. They also topped off their looks with a selection of accessories before making their way to celebrate under the Parisian sky.   

“I loved getting my makeup done since I had never had it done professionally,” said 15-year-old Courtney Gibson. “It was my favourite part of the night. It looked so cool!”

Eighty SickKids patients and guests, dressed in their best attire, mingled and played games with Canadian celebrities, including ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey, Much Music host Phoebe Dykstra and Toronto FC player Logan Emory. In addition to DJ Skinnzy, they were also entertained by a live a saxophonist and DJ BelloSound.

Those taking a break from the packed dance floor commemorated the evening by donning berets, glasses and moustaches and snapping pictures in a photo booth.

For youth who have to miss out on their school prom for health reasons, the SickKids edition provides them with a special night of their own.

“This is a special night for teens,” says Toni Crowell, Academic & Clinical Specialist/Manager, Child Life. “A lot of the things we do are catered towards younger children so teens don’t find that sense of independence and peer socialization they would normally have. Our teens with chronic health issues have come to look forward to this event every year and it just keeps getting bigger and better.”

Attendees also had the chance to win a large selection of door prizes, which included hair styling gift packages, iPods, a signed Toronto Raptors jersey and gaming systems.

“My favourite part of the evening was playing blackjack and getting to make new friends” said 15-year-old Luke Braun, a first-time attendee. “I’ll definitely be back next year!”

The After Hours Exclusive Teen Event is made possible through the Storfer Dream Delivery program. Thanks to the generosity of the Storfer family’s Turning Dreams Into Memories Endowment Fund, the program provides unique opportunities for chronic and long-term patients at SickKids.

The After Hours Exclusive Teen Event was created in 2009 by SickKids’ Child Life Department, which aims to promote a positive hospital experience for children and teens through therapeutic play, encouraging self-expression, easing anxiety and enhancing coping strategies.

Check out the After Hours Exclusive Teen Event!