Monday, January 28, 2008
Melissa George Night at the Havoc Game
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, this is it!!
Saturday, February 2nd, is Melissa George Night at the Huntsville Havoc game. Last year, the players wore jerseys trimmed in pink and auctioned them off after the game. We raised $54,400 for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund!
This year, the boys are wearing jerseys trimmed in baby blue. In addition to auctioning off those jerseys, the Havoc added something new this year. During warm-ups, the players will use pink sticks. They'll hold a silent auction during the game, and those sticks will go to the highest bidders. And, the first 1,000 fans who bring an item for the NICU or a monetary donation to the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund will receive a Craig Bushey action figurine. Those items include clothing, blankets, hats and booties for premature babies. The NICU also needs disposable cameras. They leave these by the babies' bedsides and the nurses will take pictures while the parents aren't there. For instance, the first time they ever gave Ann Catherine a bath was at night, and Chris and I weren't there. Her night nurse, Stephanie, took pictures for us so we could see them.
We'll use the proceeds from this year's game to buy another Giraffe OmniBed for the Neonatal ICU. They are state-of-the-art beds for critically ill premature infants, most weighing less than two pounds. When we first started Melissa's Fund, the NICU didn't have any of these beds. Now, they have five - all purchased by donations to Melissa's Fund. And while that is wonderful, they need more. These beds are very expensive. They cost around $35,000. But the benefits far outweigh the costs! Doctors in our NICU tell me they are seeing better survival rates because of these beds. Think about that. Someone's child, someone's grandchild, someone's niece or nephew, may have a better chance of surviving because of these beds. If it was your child, wouldn't you want to know the latest and greatest technology was there? That's what we are trying to provide through Melissa's Fund.
I hope you'll consider coming out to support us. Tickets are going fast! To order, call 518-6160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more on WHNT's website, click here. By the way, to those of you who aren't familiar with Melissa's Fund and what we do, just click here to learn more.
And to those of you who have supported Melissa's Fund, my sincerest thanks! YOU are playing a part in helping to save lives. What a wonderful thought.
I'll see you Saturday night! Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center, but you might want to get there early. It's going to be a great night!