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This Iconic New York Hotel Granted a 9-Year-Old's Christmas Wish

The little girl recently lost her mother to ovarian cancer.
IMAGE TAYLOR LENCI
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Growing up on New York City's Upper East Side, 9-year-old Ivy always wondered about what her fictional neighbor Eloise's life was like. Living in the city's most iconic hotel and having its hallways as a playground, even for just one day, was a dream! Especially, after a tough year—Ivy recently lost her mother to ovarian cancer.


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An Eloise-style tea party at The Plaza.

So when some of her late mom Paige Hardy's closest friends heard about Ivy's wish, they sprang into action and called up Eloise's friends at the Plaza Hotel.


The closet inside the Eloise Suite comes stocked with party attire.

"This was about dreams, laughter and taking someone’s mind far from the past year of confusion and heartache," says one friend, New York City contemporary art gallerist Blair Clarke. "The entire hotel came together and bent over backwards to throw her the happiest 10th birthday."

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Eloise-themed arts and crafts activities inside the Eloise Suite.

Ivy, her best friends, and even her dog Sunshine (named in her mom's memory) were thrown a slumber party out of a fairytale in the hotel's famed Eloise Suite, which included full reign over the pinkest room in the city for 24 hours.

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Ivy’s sleepover party at the Plaza’s Eloise Suite.

Family friend Kim Garvin Ferrier (who recently launched Leopard Tuesday "as a way to carry on the beautiful, courageous, sparkling spirit of Paige Ethington Hardy and to support the fight against ovarian cancer") went to town with pink backpacks filled with sparkly diaries, heart pool floaties and glitter stickers from her site Ban.do.

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Gift bags packed with girly goodies.

"As people say, ‘it takes a village’... When five gorgeous kids are left motherless, a tremendous village is needed and paramount," says Clarke. "The Hardy Party, as the family is called, continue to live life to the fullest being thankful for every day they had their unique and vivacious mother. Paige is missed every day but her spirit is never forgotten."

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The American Cancer Society estimates that over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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