NORFOLK - The first Holly Ball for Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters was in 1962.

2012 marks 50 years of dressing up and celebrating the season and, most importantly, raising money to help sick children. So far, that total is half a million dollars.

It's Saturday, December 1, at the Waterside Marriott in downtown Norfolk. There will be dinner, entertainment, a special auction for a five night, six day trip to Italy, two necklaces valued at $4,600 and $2,900, donated by Roberto Coin and Fink's Jewelry.

Funds raised will support CHKD's Pediatric Cardiac Program, which provides services from prenatal diagnosis to open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization and long-term management to hundreds of Virginia and North Carolina children every year.

The hospital also cares for the underserved from birth to age 21 and has the highest percentage of Medicaid days of any acute care hospital in the state.

To purchase tickets, go to the CHKD Website.

The first Holly Ball was held following the completion of CHKD's first hospital building.

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