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Yuletide Ball Raises $209,000 for Winthrop’s Child Life Program
January 26, 2017

Mineola, NY – The Garden City community, friends and supporters of Winthrop-University Hospital came together for a festive evening this holiday season to benefit the Hospital’s Child Life Program. The 2016 Yuletide Ball, graciously hosted by Paula and Brendan McGovern in their beautiful Garden City home on December 10, 2016, was a resounding success, drawing close to 200 guests and raising $209,000.

“Our family has been blessed to be on the receiving end of the amazing services offered by the Child Life Program at Winthrop, and we were honored to welcome the community into our home to support this great cause,” said the McGoverns.

Over the years, Winthrop’s Yuletide Ball has raised more than $2.8 million in support of the Hospital’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. A vital program across the full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services at Winthrop, Child Life is supported in its entirety by philanthropic contributions.

For more information, visit our Child Life Program webpage or call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Yuletide Ball

John Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital (left); Brendan and Paula McGovern, hosts of the 2016 Yuletide ball (center); and Charles Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop (right)

Yuletide Ball 2017

Paula McGovern, Yuletide Ball Host and 2016 Yuletide Ball Committee Chair (center), is joined by the rest of the committee: (l.-r.) Katy Cole, Amanda Wood, Winthrop-University Hospital Board Member Sheila Heslin, Ellen McMillin, Liz Golden, Kathryn Rafferty, and Winthrop Board Members Mary Beth Tully and Michelle Clark. Not present in the photograph are committee members Sandy DeMille and Nicole Foster.