With virtual edition, Pequeno Príncipe Gala 2020 celebrates courage, hope and solidarity
Held on the night of November 18, the Pequeno Príncipe Gala 2020 – A Journey of Hope connected solidarity and positive experiences on behalf of children’s health. Totally virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and broadcasted through the Pequeno Príncipe Complex channel on YouTube, the event reinforced the importance of the support of the whole society to transform and save the lives of children and adolescents served by the institution.
Under the command of the executive director of Pequeno Príncipe Hospital, Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, the event began paying a tribute to the health professionals who are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. “The year 2020 brought an enormous challenge to the world: facing a pandemic caused by an unknown virus and for which a vaccine or treatment is not yet known. Social distance has taken the place of hugs and kisses in our demonstrations of care and affection. Our heroes are now inside hospitals and laboratories, saving lives and looking for ways to overcome the problem,” she emphasized.
The Pequeno Príncipe Gala 2020 counted on the participation of the philanthropic investors Daniele Giacomazzi Behring and Amalia Spinardi Thompson Motta, who brought new supporters to philanthropy on behalf of comprehensive care for children and adolescents across the country. Throughout the celebration, using QR Codes, it was possible to make donations to the institution – both in Brazil and in the United States.
To reinforce the feelings of courage, hope and overcoming that Pequeno Príncipe is praising more than ever in this difficult year, the gastroenterologist of Pequeno Príncipe, Jocemara Gurmini, shared with the audience the story of little Laura, from Belém, capital of Pará state. At birth, she had a complication and lost about 90% of her small intestine in surgery. Assisted in another hospital, the family had no prospect of a cure for the child. Referred to Pequeno Príncipe’s Intestinal Rehabilitation Service, the family found adequate treatment and, after a year of hospitalization receiving care from a multidisciplinary team, she went home fully rehabilitated.
One of the hallmarks of the traditional Pequeno Príncipe Gala is the menu served at dinners, always prepared by internationally renowned chefs, under the responsibility of the event’s patron, chef Claude Troisgros. This year, Troisgros participated in the event differently. In a chat with Ety, the chef said how difficult this year has been for everyone. “Let’s hope that everything gets better. I think positive all the time, I believe a lot in the future. Certainly, 2021 will be much better for all of us. Keep donating and helping the children served by Pequeno Príncipe,” he said.
He also prepared a surprise for the audience: as it wasn’t possible to have a gala dinner, Troisgros organized the step-by-step video class of a French moqueca, which combines chicken and fish, as a way of thanking the supporters.
For 100 years, Pequeno Príncipe Hospital has cultivated, with determination and courage, hope in research, science, medicine and love. At the 2020 Gala, the great honoree of the edition was the immunologist and researcher Carolina Prando, MD, PhD, who is also the director of Translational Medicine at the Pelé Pequeno Príncipe Research Institute and is in charge of several studies in the search for accurate treatments against the coronavirus. “It is a great honor to be here with you tonight. This work is only possible because Pequeno Príncipe believes in science as a potential life-changer,” she evaluated.
Partner of the Hospital, the actor and singer Tiago Abravanel made a special pocket show to close the 2020 edition of the Pequeno Príncipe Gala. “Thank you for your attendance and for the support to ensure the continuity of this very special work done by Pequeno Príncipe,” highlighted the artist. The presentation featured hits such as “Every Form of Love”, by Lulu Santos, and “I Liked You so Much”, by Tim Maia.
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