14th Annual CHOP Prom: A “Virtual” Day to Remember!

The 14th Annual CHOP Prom, sponsored by the Joshua Kahan Fund, was a day to remember.  On Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, decked out in costumes, gowns and suits, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) patients partied alongside their families, clinicians and the Child Life team right from the comfort of their own rooms. The hospital’s Patient Media and Events team hosted the first ever Virtual Prom, live from Seacrest Studios.  

Patients received a special “Prom In A Bag” which included: room decorations, crowns, DIY neckties, Play-Doh and accessories.  The day began LIVE on Galaxy 51 (CHOP’s internal television network) with a Prom-Preshow, hosted by the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp crew.  Patients could call down to play along with the games that were provided and had the chance to win prizes.  

Up next, a special Prom-themed BINGO! By matching 5 terms in a row and calling down to the studio, BINGO was another special way that patients could rack up prizes.  After an early afternoon of games, it was time to start the party!  When thinking about who the team wanted as their emcee, the decision was easy! Country superstar Carly Pearce joined the team to help kick off the main event!  Providing advice on how to follow your dreams, talking about living in Nashville and her love of fitness and animals, patients were treated to an up close and personal interview with Carly.  She also provided an exclusive acoustic performance of her new single, “Next Girl”, which showcased her outstanding vocals and extreme love and passion for country music!  

Following Pearce’s incredible interview and performance it was time to have a dance party!  With a DJ Crew live in studio, patients were able to call down to request their favorites songs.  Our friends from Hole In The Wall Gang and Seacrest Studios interns acted as our “feet on the street” visiting various patients throughout the hospital and skyping them in live to the TV’s.  During this time, a rotating punch and treat cart pushed by hospital volunteers rounded the floors offering patients and caregivers a special little treat!  Even though the CHOP Prom happened in a different format this year, it was definitely a day that will never be forgotten!

*This event was sponsored by The Joshua Kahan Fund with outfits provided by: The Joshua Kahan Fund, Disguise Costumes and the Philadelphia donor community.

Written by: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Patient Media & Events Supervisor, Matt Piontkowski