Medical/Dental Professionals

December 1: Festival of Trees Crystal Ball Gala

The 41st Annual Festival of Trees Crystal Ball Gala benefitting John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on Saturday, December 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center will feature a performance by multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage, Vanessa Williams.Vanessa-Williams

We are very excited and grateful to have someone of Vanessa Williams’ caliber as part of this year’s event. Her support for this community and the hospital means so much to us.

Williams, who has ties to Buffalo, is honored to take part in the event, which benefits the moms, children and babies of Western New York.

“I’m so excited to be coming to Buffalo to perform at this year’s event. I’ve always enjoyed the holiday season and can’t think of a better way to kick it off than performing in one of my favorite places and benefitting the children and families of Buffalo at the same time,” said Williams.

The funds from this year’s gala will support the Child Life Program at Oishei Children’s Hospital. The most frequent interaction children have while in the hospital is with the specially trained Child Life Specialist who help normalize their hospital experience through education, play and support, where kids can be kids, even in the most challenging times. These relationships provide patients and families with comfort, healing and hope even in the most difficult circumstances.

“As a mom, I know the importance of getting the best care for your child, and that’s exactly what Oishei Children’s Hospital provides each and every day. Knowing that the hospital’s Child Life program would not be possible without the generous support of those who donate and attend events like the Festival of Trees, makes it so special for me to take part in it this year’s festivities to help spread the word about the this amazing program,” added Williams.

The Festival of Trees Crystal Ball Gala is part of a series of events that has become a premier holiday tradition in Western New York. Following the gala, the Festival of Trees Family Day will take place on Sunday, December 2 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, which will include holiday activities for the whole family.

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