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Preparations Underway for Winthrop-University Hospital’s Yuletide Ball – an unforgettable holiday tradition - Archived
November 6, 2014

As the weather turns colder, Garden City residents are reminded that the holiday season will soon be upon us – and with it the excitement of the annual Winthrop-University Hospital Yuletide Ball. Each year in December, residents gather for an elegant evening of fine dining, live music, dancing and philanthropy, all for the great cause of supporting the Child Life Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop. This year’s Ball will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at the beautiful home of John and Kristin Miller, long-time Winthrop supporters who have graciously volunteered to host.

Thanks to the continued efforts of faithful supporters from the community, Winthrop’s Yuletide Ball has raised more than two million dollars in support of Winthrop’s Child Life Program, which is dedicated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. Certified Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, arts and crafts, entertainment and other diversions to ensure that the hospital experience is as stress-free as possible for children and their families.

“The Annual Yuletide Ball provides essential funding for the Pediatric Child Life Program,” said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at Winthrop. “Funds raised from this event are vital to the continued success of the program.”

Kristin and John Miller have been active supporters of numerous community organizations for many years. At Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Miller have supported various hospital functions through their continuous involvement and service over the years. Mr. Miller has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee for over eleven years. Born at Winthrop, Mr. Miller is honored to have his name forever associated with Winthrop through the John D. Miller Interventional Cardiology Pavilion, which was named in recognition of the $1 million gift he made to further the Hospital’s mission. On behalf of Winthrop, it is an honor for Mr. and Mrs. Miller to serve as hosts for the 2014 Yuletide Ball.

For more information about Winthrop’s 2014 Yuletide Ball, please contact Shari Prinstein, Assistant Director, Special Events at Winthrop, at (516) 663-3398 or email or visit


Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234