Laissez les bon temps router! Let the good times roll, indeed! The Child Life Zone in Atlanta was recently transformed into New Orleans Mardi Gras for Prom 2016, and over 50 past and present patients and their guests danced the night away. Old and new friends took pictures with each other, exchanged contact information, and agreed to meet at the same time and place next year.

Luke, a past patient and current camper at Camp Crazy Legs emailed, “I had a wonderful time last night at the Mardi Gras prom! The decorations were amazing and I especially enjoyed the great dance music. Please let all of the organizers and volunteers know that my friends and I enjoyed having a special dance where we felt so welcome.”

The prom would not have been possible without the amazing donors and volunteers who support the event year after year. Carrey Burgner is a weekly Zone volunteer who turns in to a party planning rock star for prom. She works behind the scenes for months, then brings a crew of friends to transform The Zone completely. This year that included turning the hockey stick chandelier into a Prom King Crown, a feat of modern engineering! Every surface of The Zone was covered in something Mardi Gras!

Joan Plunkett and Tom Umstead graciously supported the event with flowers and finances. Sierra Pyron from Gracie’s Garden turned the gorgeous flowers into corsages and boutonnieres for everyone. Yvonne Monet DJ’d the prom for the third year in a row, while Patrick Neff and his friends from AT&T and Cricket took formal prom photos. Georgia Brown was the roaming photographer capturing candids, and Tina Ulmer from Photobuzz set up and ran the photo booth.

“The Prom is a chance for patients to experience a true rite of passage that every teen should enjoy,” said Juliet Veal, Child Life Zone Coordinator. “It takes my breath away to see all of these kids dancing, laughing and smiling. We are thankful to have such an incredible team to pull off this epic event!”