A Night of Magic
On October 16, “A Night of Magic” (the inaugural fundraising gala for the Magical Moments Foundation) was held at the new Carfagna’s Italian Market. With the theme of “Believe!” Magical Moments welcomed guests with their signature blue carpet and photo op leading into the pre-event VIP cocktail reception. The gala was emceed by Mindy Drayer, local television and radio personality, and featured entertainment by master illusionist Drew Murray, star of Hotel LeVeque’s “Rare Magic.” The event raised nearly $120,000 to help create magical moments for children with facial differences, including two magical moments that were granted to children live on stage, at the event. Magical Moments creates experiences to help restore hope and provide comfort, inspiration, and encouragement to children with facial differences that result from genetic disorders, congenital anomalies, cancer treatment, severe trauma and burns. To connect the gala attendees with the children that Magical Moments supports, stories and wishes of 15 children with facial differences were shared with the guests, who then had the opportunity to sponsor the wishes. Sponsors for the gala include Carfagna’s, Hard Rock Hotels, and co-founder husband and wife team Richard Kirschner, MD and Krista Schrader, Executive Director. Additional sponsors included Diamond Cellar, Fifth Third Bank, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Black Tie Moving, Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton, Germain Automotive Partnership, GBM Law, Friedman and Mirman, Keller Williams Premier Realty. For more information about Magical Moments, visit magicalmomentsfoundation.org. Photos by Brittney Cottman Photography.