Bunny Hop for Kids Raises Money for Cancer Center in New York (Photos)

March 6, 2013 Updated: March 8, 2013
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The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 22nd annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwartz Fifth Avenue, New York, March 5, 2013.

NEW YORK—It was like a child’s dream come true. Thousands of toys, balloons, desserts, magicians, musicians, face-painting, animals, and a giant piano were all in one place at the 22nd annual Bunny Hop event at FAO Schwartz Fifth Avenue on March 5. 

The event, hosted by The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) pledged to raise $2 million for the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which will be used to assist families with the cost of overnight stays associated with their cancer treatment at MSKCC’s Pediatrics Department. 

The venue was filled with color, energy, and children’s laughter. It all felt magical, other than the few children crying when they had to leave.

Jerry Zelenka helps Isabel Zelenka hold Simba the bunny. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Jerry Zelenka helps Isabel Zelenka hold Simba the bunny. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Magicians teach children how to hold a rotating plate on a stick. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Magicians teach children how to hold a rotating plate on a stick. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Attendees enjoy a magic show. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Attendees enjoy a magic show. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Ms. Victoria Dwek after having her face painted. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Ms. Victoria Dwek after having her face painted. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Young boys took turns to kick a football. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Young boys took turns to kick a football. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
A DJ provided music entertainment for those wanting to dance. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
A DJ provided music entertainment for those wanting to dance. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Jerry Kelenka from "A Touch of Nature" introduced children to a variety of animals, including Billy the box turtle. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Jerry Zelenka from "A Touch of Nature" introduced children to a variety of animals, including Billy the box turtle. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Billy the box turtle hangs on to a strawberry. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Billy the box turtle hangs on to a strawberry. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Wendy Banner, the "Pipe Cleaner Lady" uses pipe cleaners to create all kinds of wearable creations popular among the kids.(Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Wendy Banner, the "Pipe Cleaner Lady" uses pipe cleaners to create all kinds of wearable creations popular among the kids.(Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Rachel-Miss Pinkie (R) poses for a picture with Georgia Jacob. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Rachel-Miss Pinkie (R) poses for a picture with Georgia Jacob. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)