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Susan Schmidt and Mike Horman enjoyed the cocktail reception.

BLACK TIE: Nemours Children’s Hospital’s Life in Color Gala

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Susan Schmidt and Mike Horman enjoyed the cocktail reception.

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Mike Horman, Susan Schmidt, Dana Montalto and Danielle and Kevin Orchard had a great time socializing.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Mike Horman, Susan Schmidt, Dana Montalto and Danielle and Kevin Orchard had a great time socializing.

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Brian Anderson, director of Nemours, welcomed guests to the event.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Brian Anderson, director of Nemours, welcomed guests to the event.

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The Mad Hatter was the emcee for the evening.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

The Mad Hatter was the emcee for the evening.

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Guests walked through a colorful gate to get to the ballroom.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Guests walked through a colorful gate to get to the ballroom.

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Alice greeted guests as they arrived.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Alice greeted guests as they arrived.

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Guests were ushered into the event by “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Guests were ushered into the event by “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

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Some gala-goers took selfies with the “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Some gala-goers took selfies with the “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

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Alice enchanted guests as they entered the ballroom.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Alice enchanted guests as they entered the ballroom.

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Gala-goers could make their own crazy hats for a minimum donation.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Gala-goers could make their own crazy hats for a minimum donation.

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Marc Hagle was fitted for his own crazy hat.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Marc Hagle was fitted for his own crazy hat.

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Volunteers such as Angel McCurdy, right, helped glue decorations and baubles to the hats.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Volunteers such as Angel McCurdy, right, helped glue decorations and baubles to the hats.

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Jennifer and Andre Hebra and Brian and Hope Anderson chatted as they waited for the program to begin.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Jennifer and Andre Hebra and Brian and Hope Anderson chatted as they waited for the program to begin.

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Heather Fagan, Margaret Donnelly and Yahdira Rodriguez donned their best dresses.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Heather Fagan, Margaret Donnelly and Yahdira Rodriguez donned their best dresses.

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Max Miller, Kristen and Steven Will and Mike and Lisa Palmieri sipped on some cocktails before the event began.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Max Miller, Kristen and Steven Will and Mike and Lisa Palmieri sipped on some cocktails before the event began.

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Rosen Centre chef Jose Muñiz prepared delicious food for guests to taste.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Rosen Centre chef Jose Muñiz prepared delicious food for guests to taste.

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Jay Marsh, Lisa and Robert Utrey and Dana and James Bledsoe were happy to be attending the gala.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Jay Marsh, Lisa and Robert Utrey and Dana and James Bledsoe were happy to be attending the gala.

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Rick Walsh and Rob Panepinto loved the gala’s theme.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Rick Walsh and Rob Panepinto loved the gala’s theme.

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Trish Walsh couldn’t help but smile after seeing the crazy hats that Rob Panepinto and Rick Walsh donned.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Trish Walsh couldn’t help but smile after seeing the crazy hats that Rob Panepinto and Rick Walsh donned.

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Characters from “Alice in Wonderland” walked around on stilts to take photos with people.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Characters from “Alice in Wonderland” walked around on stilts to take photos with people.

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Jerry Lemley and Caitlin Wehrly posed in front of the “living fountain.”

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Jerry Lemley and Caitlin Wehrly posed in front of the “living fountain.”

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Eva Krzewinski and Scotty Culpepper dressed according to the theme.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Eva Krzewinski and Scotty Culpepper dressed according to the theme.

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The VIP table centerpiece was truly a spectacle.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

The VIP table centerpiece was truly a spectacle.

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Justin Demola and Kari Czajkowski grabbed a photo with “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Justin Demola and Kari Czajkowski grabbed a photo with “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

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The Mad Hatter introduced the “living fountain.”

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

The Mad Hatter introduced the “living fountain.”

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Guests were amazed by the “living fountain,” a woman dressed as a fountain centerpiece.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Guests were amazed by the “living fountain,” a woman dressed as a fountain centerpiece.

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The “living fountain” was able to spout water from her fingertips.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

The “living fountain” was able to spout water from her fingertips.

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Kristen Michelle Wilson — who played the Queen of Hearts and who was the first and only female ringmaster for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus — was thrilled to be part of the evening.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Kristen Michelle Wilson — who played the Queen of Hearts and who was the first and only female ringmaster for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus — was thrilled to be part of the evening.

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John Rendle, Roopa and Kamal Chavda and Ellen Rendle chatted for a bit as the program began.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

John Rendle, Roopa and Kamal Chavda and Ellen Rendle chatted for a bit as the program began.

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Nemours employees and volunteers Kaitlynn Watkins, Lisa Swindon and Carmen Moore were happy to help facilitate the event.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Nemours employees and volunteers Kaitlynn Watkins, Lisa Swindon and Carmen Moore were happy to help facilitate the event.

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Mauricio Bedoya and Johanna Yepes, of MLB Residential Lending, posed with a volunteer who helped them make their hats.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Mauricio Bedoya and Johanna Yepes, of MLB Residential Lending, posed with a volunteer who helped them make their hats.

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Mauricio Bedoya and Johanna Yepes, of MLB Residential Lending, loved wearing their crazy hats.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Mauricio Bedoya and Johanna Yepes, of MLB Residential Lending, loved wearing their crazy hats.

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WFTV's Greg Warmoth served as an emcee for the evening.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

WFTV's Greg Warmoth served as an emcee for the evening.

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Guests bid $500 to sit at the VIP table, which included special treats and gift bags.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Guests bid $500 to sit at the VIP table, which included special treats and gift bags.

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Dana Bledsoe, president of Nemours, thanked those in attendance for their support.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Dana Bledsoe, president of Nemours, thanked those in attendance for their support.

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WFTV's Greg Warmoth interviewed Kalif, a Nemours VIP honoree who received care from the hospital.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

WFTV's Greg Warmoth interviewed Kalif, a Nemours VIP honoree who received care from the hospital.

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Nemours VIP and former patient Kalif was all smiles on stage with Greg Warmoth.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Nemours VIP and former patient Kalif was all smiles on stage with Greg Warmoth.

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Three children — Natalie, Kalif and Kira — were honored as Nemours VIPs and joined Greg Warmoth on stage.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Three children — Natalie, Kalif and Kira — were honored as Nemours VIPs and joined Greg Warmoth on stage.

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WFTV's Greg Warmoth interviewed Kira, a Nemours VIP honoree who received care from the hospital.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

WFTV's Greg Warmoth interviewed Kira, a Nemours VIP honoree who received care from the hospital.

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WFTV's Greg Warmoth held the microphone for Natalie, a Nemours VIP honoree, who read off her wish.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

WFTV's Greg Warmoth held the microphone for Natalie, a Nemours VIP honoree, who read off her wish.

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Kristen Michelle Wilson reprised her role as the Queen of Hearts to sing a song dedicated to the children at Nemours.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 |

Kristen Michelle Wilson reprised her role as the Queen of Hearts to sing a song dedicated to the children at Nemours.

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