Somerville Sweet 16 to Benefit Children's Hospital Boston

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Sure it’s about the dress: a frothy, airy pink creation with a layered, lacey skirt. And it’s about the party, a black-and-white themed bash for 200 which will be held at The Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville at 7 p.m., Feb. 3.


But while it’s Charlotte Schofield’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party; it will be the patients at Children’s Hospital Boston who will receive the presents.


Ms. Schofield, of Knowlton Street, who turns 16 on Feb., 6, has asked all her guests to make a donation to the hospital or bring a toy or game to the party.


“I guess it’s because I love little kids,” Ms. Schofield said, explaining her choice of donating her presents to Children’s Hospital Boston. “I can’t imagine them ill or in pain without wanting to help in any way I can.”


The hospital has sent Ms. Schofield a party package with banners and balloons, pictures and helpful ideas to make the fundraiser a success.


“My guests can “friend” the hospital on Facebook and make a donation on line, or they can bring something for the children,” Ms. Schofield said, explaining that her parents, Eileen and Robert, have hired a photographer to record the party. That recording, along with all the toys and games, will be donated to the hospital so that the youngsters there can attend the event vicariously.


“I’ve been watching the M-TV Sweet 16 show for years with my Mom and friends and I

love the idea of having a party,” Ms. Schofield said.


What the teenager didn’t love was the greed, excess and lack of restraint exhibited by some of the girls featured on the show.


“The parties costs so much, they were so lavish, and then they got gifts on top of it, it was just too much,” Ms. Schofield said. “I told my Mom I wanted to have a party, but that I wanted to raise money for a worthy cause.”


The event features a red carpet entrance for the guests complete with a step and repeat, catering (read pizza) by Leone’s Sub & Pizza and home-made appetizers. Dancing to follow.




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