Bubble Ball 2024 Raises $923,725

ChildServe‘s 14th Annual Bubble Ball Raises Funds for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

ChildServe is pleased to announce the organization raised $923,725 at its 14th annual Bubble Ball event on Saturday, April 20, at the Iowa Events Center, Hy-Vee Hall. The event, presented by Dotdash Meredith, hosted over 1,400 attendees. This year’s runway show, themed Iconic Eras, took guests on a fashion journey through time using unique, bubble wrap designs inspired by ancient Greece, vintage flapper outfits, 90s hip hop and everything in between. 

Proceeds from the evening impact each of ChildServe’s locations and services by supporting the nonprofit’s annual fund, but the focus of the evening was the organization’s Homes program.

“ChildServe’s 16 group homes in central Iowa serve children and young adults, age 5 to 30, who require round-the-clock supervision or medical care,” said Teri Wahlig, M.D., ChildServe CEO. “In addition to individualized care plans, community involvement and skill development, ChildServe homes provide a place where nearly 80 children and young adults not only call home, but a place where they truly belong.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made of bubble wrap

Photo by Laura Belieu of LB Creative Studio

Bubble Ball Emcee, Jackie Schmillen, is joined by Bubble Ball Co-chairs Mike McCoy, of NCMIC, and Susan Hatten, of Holmes Murphy & Associates, as well as Dr. Teri Wahlig, ChildServe CEO.

Photo by ChildServe Marketing & Communications

Dr. Teri Wahlig, ChildServe CEO, welcomes guests to Bubble Ball with help from Katie, a young adult who lives at a ChildServe group home.

Funds from the event will be utilized for renovation projects in the ChildServe Homes. Remodeling plans include: updates to the kitchen, where individuals learn to cook; the living room, where they engage with one another and play games; and the bathroom, where they learn important self-care skills. ChildServe homes require maintenance that goes above and beyond typical home ownership – they’re places that require well-designed spaces where children who use wheelchairs, oxygen, ramps or other specialized equipment feel safe and can fully access their environment.

“Each year, we are blown away by the philanthropic spirit of our event sponsors, attendees and community members, whose generosity will have a lasting impact on our homes program,” Wahlig said. “A special thank you to our presenting sponsor Dotdash Meredith, and 2024 event co-chairs Susan Hatten, with Holmes Murphy & Associates, and Mike McCoy, with NCMIC, for sharing their time, talents and resources to make the event a success.”

As a nonprofit organization, projects like the homes remodel are made possible for ChildServe as a result of philanthropy. For additional information on how you can support ChildServe, visit our Giving page.  

Want to see this event yourself?


Check out the 2024 Photo Gallery to see the bubble wrap creations.

Save the Date

Most importantly, save the date for next year’s event! Join us on Saturday, April 12, 2025.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 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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