Bubble Ball 2022: Out of this World

$740,000 Raised, Shattering Last Year’s Record

Photo by Maharry Photography

At ChildServe’s Bubble Ball 2022, sponsors, designers and performers orbited the galaxy together for the record-breaking, “Out of this World” event. Attendees enjoyed the evening filled with wearable and stationary bubble wrap designs, live music, delicious food and a cosmic runway show.

Over 70 local designers brought Bubble Ball guests to infinity and beyond with their outer space-inspired bubble wrap creations. From the sun and the moon to trampoline acts and singers, the event was packed with luminous talent and stellar Bubble Wrap costumes.

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing sponsors and donors, Bubble Ball 2022 raised $740,000 to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life! The money raised will help us expand and enhance services and purchase state-of-the-art equipment for children and young adults with special healthcare needs across ChildServe. Specifically, this year’s Bubble Ball funds will enable the purchase of the Bioness Vector SystemA specialized rehabilitation tool that helps children and young adults learn to walk again. The Bioness Vector utilizes a ceiling-mounted robotic rail system with 52 feet of track. A child or young adult is connected to the system, using a harness to support their weight as the individual relearns activities during therapy. The system also detects and prevents falls before they happen, keeping kids safe and increasing their confidence., for our new rehab unit – Jojo’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit – to help children and young adults like Braelyn recover from traumatic injuries, surgeries and illnesses.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made of bubble wrap

Photo by Maharry Photography

ChildServe‘s Foundation team poses with Bubble Ball’s Founding Co-Chairs, Soozie McBroom and Jim Willer (aka Elton John).

Photo by Maharry Photography

ChildServe CEO Teri Wahlig, MD, and special guest, Camden join emcees, Patrick Dix and Jackie Schmillen onstage to welcome the guests at Bubble Ball.

“We are thrilled and humbled by the incredible generosity of our event sponsors and those who donated to improve the lives of children with special healthcare needs,” said Cathy Lacy, Bubble Ball Co-Chair, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer. “Thanks to them, ChildServe will be able to bring the latest rehabilitation technology and equipment to children and families in Iowa.”

“As a nonprofit organization, projects like the rehabilitation unit are made possible as a result of philanthropy,” said Dr. Teri Wahlig, ChildServe CEO. “We are proud to offer comprehensive rehabilitation services locally, so families don’t have to travel out of state for these important healthcare services. What ChildServe donors and supporters provided through their generosity at our Bubble Ball event is the powerful gift of hope.”

Sponsorship opportunities for next year will open in early Fall 2022. For more information, please contact Sarah Mowery at 515-727-2356 or sarahmo@childserve.org.

Want to see this event yourself?


Check out the 2022 Photo Gallery to see the bubble wrap creations.

In the News

Click below to see news coverage of the event.

Save the Date

Most importantly, save the date for next year’s event! Join us on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the event’s new location, Hy-Vee Hall.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of 4,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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