The big reveal at Red Hot Night
The 2016 Red Hot Night gala benefiting Children’s Mercy shattered previous records. The annual February event raised nearly $1.65 million and attracted 1,600 guests to the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.
But the evening’s biggest surprise was something much more exciting – and emotional – for everyone in attendance…
In a surprise announcement at the previous year’s Red Hot Night, Hannah Mountz was announced as the first patient to have a successful heart transplant at Children’s Mercy. She was just 15 years old at the time.
Hannah was listed as a speaker in the 2016 gala program, yet there was no sign of the skinny, long-haired girl from 2015. Instead, a beautiful, poised 16-year-old young woman took the stage wearing a sophisticated up-do and an elegant black gown encrusted with rhinestones.
It was Hannah, flashing a smile that lit the room.
“Seeing Hannah – this vibrant young woman – gave us such an inspiring reminder of the thousands of lives transformed at Children’s Mercy every year,” said Jenea Oliver, Vice President of Philanthropy.
“We are so very grateful to the Hands & Hearts for Children Auxiliary for their role in raising money and awareness that helps make it all possible,” Oliver said of the auxiliary that has hosted and organized Red Hot Night for over a decade. “Over the years, this generous group of volunteers has helped raise nearly $10 million to support our mission. These are gifts that go such a long way in making a difference for children and families in our community.”