The J.M. Smucker Company is a proud supporter of Akron Children’s Hospital and its passion for supporting the institution extends to its employees, like Brittany Buchheit.
In 2016, Brittany and her husband, Joe, lost their daughter, Scarlett, after a lengthy stay at Akron Children’s following a premature birth. This unimaginable loss was met with amazing strength by the parents who were committed to keeping Scarlett’s memory alive in a way that would not only celebrate her but also help other children who visited the hospital for care.
“We were so appreciative of the incredible care the staff showed our daughter and our family and we just wanted to give back in some way,” said Brittany. “After some brainstorming – well, maybe a lot of brainstorming – I came up with the idea to host a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve.”
The event, which has been hosted by the Buchheits for the past 3 years, has raised nearly $30,000 to support the Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and general fund.
Guests, who are encouraged but not required to don formal attire and masks, are treated to dinner, an open bar, and entertainment – including a 50/50 raffle, a gift basket raffle, and a “sure bet” tree where participants donate to win a prize of the same value.
The masquerade ball has averaged around 200 attendees per year and may need to broaden beyond the St. George Greek Orthodox Church location in Massillon as the guest list continues to grow.
“We started this event to give back to Akron Children’s and with the hope that we could make Scarlett proud. My husband and I are so thankful for everyone who attends and helps us to achieve these goals each year.”