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The RHS Ambassadors, a volunteer organization of the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, will bring Halloween festivities to children hospitalized at Rockford Memorial Hospital. The annual Halloween party takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, in the playroom on the hospital’s Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.
Dressed in non-scary costumes, the RHS Ambassadors will assist pediatric patients with such activities as face painting, cookie decorating, bean bag toss, pumpkin decorating, and more Halloween-themed games and crafts. Additionally, the young patients are invited to dress in costume and trick-or treat on the unit. “The goal is to bring smiles to the faces of children who find themselves in the hospital on this holiday, and to give them a sense of fun and normalcy,” according to Foundation Director Michelle Gorham.
The RHS Ambassadors is a group of about 150 area professionals who support initiatives at Rockford Health System. The organization hosts educational and enlightening programs on new medical procedures, first-hand demonstrations of the latest technology, and helps the Foundation fundraise by sponsoring such events as a Golf Play Day and annual Holiday Toy Drive. For more information on joining the RHS Ambassadors, contact the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation at (815) 971-4141, or go to www.rockfordhealthsystem.org/ambassadors.
Posted Oct. 31, 2014