Attendees in Wonderland

Neon Nights rakes in $23k for ENA Foundation

Emergency nurses let their passion shine through Thursday night at the annual conference welcome party – Neon Nights.

Draped in neon or black light-friendly white, attendees danced the night away to the new-wave stylings of party cover band The Spazmatics, all while raising money for the ENA Foundation. Glowing lounge areas, light tables filled with candy, streamers, balloons and tall Dr. Seuss-like lamps offered a party atmosphere akin to childhood dreams.

Hundreds of party-goers purchased blinking, white and brightly colored hats, suspenders, wands, wigs and jewelry to get into the spirit and give to the cause. The Foundation raised more than $23,000 from product sales, drink purchases and ticket sales. The money goes toward ENA Foundation scholarships and research grants in 2019.

The Spazmatics filled the large room with the ’80s top pop hits intermittently for nearly three hours. But it wasn’t enough. Attendees groaned as the lights came up, and they begrudgingly left the convention center in search of an after party – the sign of a good ENA conference kick-off celebration.