A Night for All Children shone brightly under the stars on the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital campus April 9 as hospital staff and friends raised money for the Center for Behavioral Health.
With the theme “Live from St. Pete,” the event was held in person for the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic caused last year’s inaugural gala to be held virtually.
A Night for All Children combines the best of two longtime fundraising events for the hospital, the Guild’s Charity Ball and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation’s VIP Auction. With more than 375 in attendance, A Night for All Children raised $507,000 this year for the Center for Behavioral Health.
“We are thrilled and grateful for how much our community supports our patients and families and the hospital overall,” says Jenine Rabin, executive vice president of the Foundation. “A Night for All Children gave us a chance to see so many of those supporters face-to-face and thank them for their spirit and generosity.”
One of the stars of the night was Alan, a patient of the Center for Behavioral Health. Alan shared his story in a video and participated in the program.
Alan, 15, wanted to feel better about himself and began a quest to lose weight, but his effort spiraled in an eating disorder — anorexia nervosa — that would nearly cost him his life. With dedicated care and therapy from the Center for Behavioral Health, Alan charted his course back to good health — back to himself.
One in four children between the ages of 3 and 17 has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral health disorder. The Center for Behavioral Health aspires to provide families a comprehensive, integrated approach to mental health care. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers and trainees address specialized areas such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety/mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychology/neurodevelopment, pain management, adjustment to medical diagnoses and disordered eating.