Brookline Residents to Co-Chair the Virtual Storybook Ball

Brookline’s Fiona and James Benenson will co-chair the upcoming Storybook Ball as the MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrates the event’s 22nd anniversary with a redesigned virtual party.

The Benensons will virtually host guests for an evening of speeches, patient and tribute stories, doctors and supporters, along with Co-Chairs Rachel and Bill Motley, at 7 p.m. on October 21.

The 2021 Storybook Ball features the MGHfC’s Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, which includes an expert group of infectious disease clinicians, researchers, microbiologists and pathologists who provide multidisciplinary care and expertise to children with rare and complicated infections, including those that trigger neuropsychiatric disease.

“Each year, Storybook Ball is the most anticipated evening of the MGHfC. We have been preparing all year in the hope of coming together in person to celebrate our guests, donors and supporters, and honor the extraordinary work of MGHfC, ”said Dr. Allan M. Goldstein, Chief Surgeon of MGHfC. “However, given the hospital’s role as a leader in the healthcare community, we are proceeding with caution and hosting a virtual event to protect our patients, staff, donors and friends.”

“We are only $ 600,000 from reaching our fundraising goal, which provides MGHfC leaders with flexible funds to support our youngest patients and their families,” said Co-Chair Rachel Motley.

“Now more than ever, we need your support to allow MGHfC to continue to provide the world-class care it is known for,” said Co-Chair Fiona Benenson.

The evening will also pay tribute to Dr Ronald E. Kleinman, who will step down as Chief Medical Officer of MGHfC after 43 years of service at the hospital. Throughout his career, Dr. Kleinman has had an impact on patients, families and other clinicians. His wife, Martha Kleinman, will be highlighted as honorary co-chair, acknowledging her dedication to the Storybook Ball committee for more than two decades.

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