Oak Park Auxiliary’s Kids’s Gala Celebrates Special Gifts

The second annual Kid's Gala is a smashing success!

On the heels of Hephzibah’s annual Heart of Gold Gala, the Oak Park Auxiliary hosted its second annual Kid’s Gala event on April 8 for the children in the group homes. With all the excitement that comes with a grand party, the children were the “stars” of the evening, each one dressed for the “red carpet” in their fancy clothes.

In preparation for the special meal and celebration, the auxiliary members under the leadership of Dana Kirby and Dave Wick, auxiliary president, decorated the tables with balloons, confetti and centerpieces. When the “stars” arrived, they were seated and served a delicious meal that included salad, fruit, pasta and chicken. Decadent desserts completed the meal.

Following the meal, each child was honored with his/her own special award recognizing a quality or trait. The “Fashionista Queen” award went to a girl who is known for her sensational style. The “Best Preacher” award went to a boy who is passionate about life and wants to share his vision with his Hephzibah “congregation.” For his compassion to friends and staff, another young boy received the “Biggest Heart” award, and the “Best Buddy/Peacemaker” award was presented to a girl who is always kind and generous, and always tries to resolve conflicts.

Amid raucous cheers of support and recognition from the children, each child stepped forward to accept their awards and certificates, beaming with pride as they had their picture taken.

“Two years ago we recognized that the residents at Hephzibah’s Group Home wanted to attend the annual Heart of Gold Gala so, we thought it would be a great opportunity to host a similar event just for them,” Dave said. “They have a great meal, and we recognize the accomplishments of every boy and girl with an award ceremony. The children have an amazing time and come away with memories that last a lifetime.”

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