Sugarplum Ball Raises $2.35M in Support of Children’s Hospital New Orleans

On the evening of March 23, friends and supporters of Children’s Hospital New Orleans attended the 42nd annual Sugarplum Ball, themed How Sweet It Is. The signature fundraiser, presented by LEMOINE, was set at the River City Ballroom and Plaza at Mardi Gras World, and raised a record-breaking $2.35M in support of the hospital’s vital mission.

Co-Chairs Quincy Crawford and Jessica Waguespack led more than 100 Host Committee members. Working alongside the ball co-chairs, Auction Chairs Smith Beevers and Marcie Gardner and Food Chairs Susie Kirchner and Leigh Liles, MD, helped plan the memorable evening.

“Since 1981, Sugarplum Ball has helped Children’s Hospital raise the funds necessary to ensure we can deliver on our mission,” said Lucio A. Fragoso, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “The record-breaking results of this year’s ball will make an extraordinary impact on our ability to deliver expert pediatric care for all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

"As mothers and New Orleanians, witnessing the steadfast support that our community has for Children’s Hospital is truly humbling," said Crawford and Waguespack. "Every dollar that we raised together is dedicated to improving the health of kids across Louisiana, and we are grateful for the extraordinary outpouring of support and generosity through this year’s Sugarplum Ball.”