DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) – Hundreds of children with serious illnesses gathered at princesses for the annual Millie’s Princess foundation Royal Ball held at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper Saturday night.
Organizers call in a magical evening where the young patients get out of hospitals and into a fairytale world that includes getting their hair and make-up and nails done by mermaids and fairy godmothers.
The night is complete with a royal banquet and a dance with all of their favorite storybook characters. It is put on by 100 volunteers and 40 actors.
“These kids are in and out of hospitals all of the time,” Chairwoman Ellie Elliott said. “These are all kids with life threatening illnesses so to be able to escape for one day and go to Neverland where anything can come true. Where good always beats evil and any of their wildest dreams can come true for one night, if they can conquer the bad guys here they can conquer cancer too.”
The first time the event was held they invited about 100 families. Saturday’s guest list included 600 families.
Millie’s Princess Foundation is a non-profit organization that honors Millie Flamm, a 7-year-old girl who died of leukemia in 2013.