Duke Children’s Hospital

Duke Children’s Hospital

From April to December 2012, I was a Communications Assistant at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. It was an honor to work for the hospital, which is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. During my internship, I was involved with designing and producing communication mailing pieces and special event multimedia works.  Part of my responsibilities also included producing biweekly elevator flyers for patients and featured Patient Stories articles.

I assisted with auction procurement and event logistics for the 2012  Jim Valvano Kid’s Klassic, an annual weekend golf tournament that benefits pediatric cancer research, patient support and education at Duke Children’s. This year, JVKK was held from July 13-14, 2012 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC. This event has raised over $3 million in its history, with major sponsorships from Kraft Foods and Food Lion.

Please click the image above for more photographs from the event. All photographs are courtesy of Gary Knight Photography.

Please click the image above for more photographs from the event. All photographs are courtesy of Gary Knight Photography.

The majority of my internship at Duke Children’s was focused on designing and producing all mailings, print and multimedia materials for Duke Children’s annual gala, Teddy Bear Ball, the largest in the NC Triangle area. This year, it was held on December 1st, 2012 at the Durham Convention Center.

This year’s theme for the annual gala was, “Celebrating Duke Children’s Superheroes.” I collaborated with the Development Team to help reformat the gala to be more dynamic and engaging for guests – I helped produce exclusive Duke Children’s “trading cards” for our pint-sized superheroes to give out to guests, created a stop-motion live auction appeal slide series, and used an iPad to take photographs of guests that were edited through a comic book app to turn them into superheroes. These superhero images were displayed at the end of the night during the dancing festivities and were a huge success. Jeff and Gregg Foxworthy were the celebrity hosts for the night.