Lisa & James Whalen

Event Info

May 14, 2022

Nauticus
1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510

Dinner by Sweetwater Cuisine

FREE valet is available! Please, tip the attendant.

This event is a night of remembrance to honor, celebrate, and remember babies who have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and other causes of infant loss.

The Angel Ball exists to promote greater awareness, remembrance, and support of the estimated 1 in 4 individuals and families whose lives are irrevocably altered by their children’s death during pregnancy, at birth, and in infancy.

Kennedy’s Angel Gowns invites baby loss families, friends, loved ones, and supporting organizations to join in honor and remembrance of loved and longed-for babies.

We look forward to having you join us for this memorable time to also do something to remember your baby.

Special Guests

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Growing up in South Sacramento, Karega and Felicia met while in high school and attended undergrad together at Hampton University. Upon graduating from Hampton, Karega became the Dean of Students at Maya Angelou Public Charter High School, and Felicia an Educational Psychology Ph.D. student at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Karega and Felicia married in 2012 and, together, took on the work of mentoring high school students and creating pipelines for social-emotional support and college access.

Relocating to East Oakland, in 2015 Karega and Felicia helped launch a performing arts social justice school named Roses in Concrete Community School and recorded their first album together with their group SOL Development. As their music took residency in the social justice and healing spaces nationally, it also led to the designing and facilitating of a project that creates healing spaces for mothers who have lost children to gun violence, called BE-IMAGINATIVE.

As their experiences allowed them to grow together and shape what would become their responsibility to their community, they waited to start their family. After experiencing a radiant 41-week pregnancy in their 7th year of marriage, on September 30th, 2019, Karega and Felicia became Angel Parents to a beautiful girl named Kamaiu SOL.

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Dominga Murray is a full-time reporter, meteorologist, and anchor at NBC 29 in Charlottesville. She is passionate about mitigating the food insecurity issue in Virginia. Dominga is the founder and director of Helping Hands Food Distributors. Its longest-standing location is in Richmond, Virginia, and its newest focus area is through the Hampton-Newport News region. Being entirely female-led and mobile makes Helping Hands unique to help accommodate food-insecure families who may not always have access to transportation. This June, Dominga will be competing for Miss Virginia, hoping to surpass her top 5 and overall talent winner placement from last year.

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Eboni is a native of Richmond,Virginia. She is an artist of Excell Music Group. Recently, Eboni was the opening act for Grammy Award winning songstress “Monica”. Also, she released her first single entitled “Once Upon A Love” from her upcoming album “Liberated”. She is a songstress, musician, songwriter, actress, producer, and also manages her children’s careers (Bri’Anna Harper & Kayla Harper). Eboni also performed for former Pope John Paul & Pope Francis at The Vatican in Europe. Her voice is captivating and indeed will make you remember why you love music.

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The Regent University Singers are a talented acapella group that provides a beautiful and memorable music experience. This world-class vocal ensemble serves as musical ambassadors for Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The group’s music director Gary Spell leads the group to produce producing world-class music.

The Angel Ball FAQs

When do ticket sales end?

Tickets will be available online until April 30, 2022.

What does sponsorship look like?

It is quite simple. Sponsorship is a set monetary donation prior to the event in support of the event. This can be from a business, community group, organization, or individual. We offer a list of benefits to a sponsor with our gratitude for their support.

You can be a Program Sponsor and receive printed space in the event program booklet.

An In-Kind donation is accepted until May 1, 2022, for goods and services typically used for auctions or giveaways at the event.

How many people does a ticket cover?

A single General Admission is for one person to attend the fundraising event.

What is the event schedule?

The schedule will be updated on this page for your convenience. Participants will receive updates through Eventbrite to the email used for registration.

What if I cannot attend after I bought a ticket?

Login to your Eventbrite account and locate the ticket. Select the option to transfer your ticket to someone that can attend in your place.

How does my ticket or donation help support?

All proceeds received in support of the Angel Ball will be used to create an amazing event and extend to our mission supporting bereaved families through our programs.

What is the attire?

This year’s theme is the roaring 20s and semi-formal. We encourage you to dress up to the theme or however you would like to honor your angel baby for this special event.

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