Beauty and the Beast's Belle reads to youngsters at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital event
Belle, Melissa Juneau, Christine Falgout, Rachel Regan, the Prince
Susie Distefano and daughter Nina Distefano with Belle and the Prince
Kathleen Jennings with sons James and Wade
Tracey & Andy Hull with daughters Margaret and Caroline with Scarlette Juneau, center
Brian & Michelle Dean with daughters Amelia and Elyn
Nick & Beth Zdeblick with children Kate and William
Bill Gutknecht with son Gregg
Mary Hoang with daughter Mia Do
Lauren Gow, Jennie V. Caven
Kim Moody and daughter Makell
Melissa Juneau with daughter Scarlette
Shannon addison and daughter Annabelle
Anne Carl and daughter Elizabeth
Megan Hotze with daughter Grace
Dr. Jannika Dodge-Khatami with daughter Ella
Lori Sarofim and daughter Lilly
Stephanie & Ryan Fleck with sons Chase, Brooks and Grant
Jay & Anat Zeidman with daughter Ayelet
Hillary Hart, Susie Distefano
This was a Beauty and the Beast party like no other for not only were Belle and her Prince on hand but moms, dads and kiddos sat down to a royal lunch in the Hobby Center Founder’s Club which had been magnificently transformed into Belle’s gilded palace. All was in advance of Theatre Under the Stars‘ presentation of the beloved Disney musical.
TUTS, PaperCity magazine and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital teamed up for the magical midday affair that saw youngsters testing their strength at the Strong Like Gaston station, lining up for air brush tattoos, and participating in the Child Life & Expressive Therapies station where they worked on Get Well cards and letters to Santa. Young ladies in the group had their locks transformed at the Belle Braid Station. Between lunch and the performance, the youths sat down for story time with the enchanting Belle.
The fun for all had its underlying message — CMHH and TUTS announced an expansion of their partnership in launching a new Arts & Medicine program geared to pediatric patients. The collaboration between the CMHH Child Life & Expressive Therapies and TUTS staff will be directed toward helping patients cope with their hospitalization.
The festive fête was chaired by Christine Falgout, Melissa Juneau and Rachel Regan, each with youngsters in tow. They were joined by CMHH CEO Susie Distefano and TUTS executive director Hillary Hart in the pre-show presentation.
After the performance, the throng visited backstage and secured autographs from the Beauty and the Beast stars.
PC Seen: Executive vice president and CFO of the Memorial Hermann Health System Brian Dean with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Amelia and Elyn; plus Beth and Nick Zdeblick, Mary Hoang, Kim Moody, Lauren Gow, Anne Carl, Tracy and Andy Hull, Anat and Jay Zeidman, Stephanie and Ryan Fleck, Lori Sarofim, Megan Hotze and Dr. Jannika Dodge-Khatami.