Crowning Celebration: Aly's Celebration

I couldn't think of a better way to spend Mother's Day weekend than planning a Make-A-Wish event alongside my mom for a little girl named Aly and her mom, Kara!
Aly has 1p36 Deletion Syndrome. She is 2 1/2 and for her Wish her mom wanted to have an event to Celebrate Aly and thank all the doctors, nurses, caretakers and family members who have contributed to her quality of life. Aly loves color - so that was our theme and we had fun with it! Since Aly cannot sit up on her own, she spends a lot of time in her mother's arms, looking up. So making the ceiling just as interesting
was important for our design.
Aly and Kara were brought by limo to Wildwood Ward Pavilion where we created a colorful celebration for their friends and family!  Here are some images from the event:

The day was magical! Not only did I get to spend it with my mom, but many other mother-daughter teams worked along side us to make this day happen! Thank you to mother-daughter teams Ellie & Tatum, Sonya & Sierra, Shelli & Sam, Wish-granter Kimberly, Make-a-Wish interns Emily & Chelsea, my Aunt Carol, my cousin Gabriel, my assistant, Anna, NDA intern Lizzy, Ali from Cherry Lane Cakes for her chalk artistry, Tom for his trusty ladders, friends Dara, Denise & Karen and Make-A-Wish Jr. Committee members Brian, Leslie, Sarah &  Jennifer ...
and of course my dad who bought lunch for all the hard-working volunteers!

Thank you to the follow donors:
Wildwood Metro Parks
The Pinnacle & Central Park West
Parkway Place
Premier Catering
Le Petit Gourmet
DeVaul's Frame Shop
The Costume Holiday Shop
ShutterLove Studio
Grand Lubell Photoboothlive
Crossing River Media
Meredith Party Rentals
Decorative Sound
Denver Wholesale Florist
Emery's Flowers
Cherry Lane Custom Cakes
Sugar Shack Specialty Sweets
Cake in a Cup
Tout Sweet
All For You
UpperCase Designs
She's Crafty
Fiddle Stix Boutique
Paint your Place
Aguirre Limousine Service
Vision Quest
Tom Schuster
and the many private donors!!!

To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation or make a donation, please visit: http://www.makeawishohio.org/
To learn more about Aly's condition, visit: http://www.1p36dsa.org/


Nancy Mitchell said...

Looks like it was a success. Love all the decorations. Beautiful!

Kara Gerken said...

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing the entire celebration was! From the time we pulled up in the limo to the very last hug, it was full of memories that will never be forgotten!! I feel so privileged to have been able to meet such amazing people!! Thank you sooo incredibly much to everyone who donated their time and money to help make Aly's Wish possible!! It was way more beautiful and fantastic than I ever imagined!
Aly's Momma--Kara : )

Brittany M. Craig said...

Kara, it was our pleasure! We were so honored to be able to put this together for you and Aly, especially on Mother's Day weekend!
You are a wonderful mother and Aly is so lucky to have you!!!
Best wishes to you and your family,