Little Smiles Stars Ball 2009 – Please Touch Museum

First I have to apologize, I misplaced the note pad for this nite. I remember it was a really emotional event for me to cover, I wasn’t going to go, but I thought it was very important that people see this story. So if you are in one of these photos please email me so I can ID them correctly. Thanks Hughe
The Little Smiles Stars Ballwas held on Saturday, November 14th at the Please Touch Museum from 7 PM-Midnight. The Stars Ball is a black tie optional gala modeled after the Oscars. The only difference is the actors are replaced with people much more important; the children in our region battling cancer and other chronic and terminal diseases.
This evening includes the red carpet debut of our “Stars” with the Oscar presentation and filled with fun, food and an open bar.

One of the special guest for the evening was Celebrity Apprentice 3/Philly’s Dancing/Street’s with the Stars winner (and my friend who told me about this great event) Erin Elmore with new beau Nick
Little Smiles mission is to help kids escape, at least for a little while, from their treatment rooms into a land of fantasy. We respond to the needs of the children and provide whatever we can to make their world a better place. Little Smiles was Co-Founded by Steve Grandizio (Friendly Mortgage) who is a past chair of the YPN board.
Each of the kids walked the red carpet
looking stunning, blinged out
and signed autographs. It was so cute Little Smiles pre-prints
Tutu cute
Thanks to all the sponsors and the folks who donated items for the silent auction
Which was a huge success

Thanks to the ladies who came out to support the eventWally Zimolong, Mara Toukatly and Scott Sigman (Scott’s recently started a new firm Sigman & Rochlin)

Fusion Fitness bootcamp friend Kristy on right and her friends.

Philly Chit Chat fans supporting the cause

One of the little stars of the night and his familyChelsea Nodeland, held by mother Liz, got a “special Oscar” from NBC10’s Dawn Timmeney during Little Smiles Stars Ball at the Please Touch Museum. (I’m always excited when I can get a charity shot into the Inquirer giving it a few more eyes and perhaps another donation towards reaching it’s goals).

So adorable… Chelsea Judith Nodeland was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The next day she began chemotherapy. The 1st spinal tap took all of the leukemia cells out of her spinal fluid. As of April 18th, the chemo portion of her 1st stay ended and now they are working on building her immune system enough for a 1 week stay at home. (Taken from a FB page posted last spring)
Please take a few minutes to watch the event from 2008 at
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