Our annual gala-style event draws corporate and individual supporters, specialists in the NICU field, preemie parents and others affected by premature birth who are driven to further the Graham’s Foundation mission of providing support, advocacy and research for premature babies and their families.
“These signature events are more than just fundraisers,” said Graham’s Foundation president Nick Hall, who founded the organization with Jennifer Hall after they experienced the birth of premature twins at just 25 weeks before facing the trials of the neonatal intensive care unit and the loss of one child.
“While attracting support for the mission is obviously a primary goal of our ‘Tinis for Preemies series, these special evenings also represent an opportunity for those whose lives have been touched by premature birth to connect with one another and to give back.”
Additionally, the ‘Tinis for Preemies gala provides a platform from which to debut each new year’s honorees. The HOPE and MIRACLES Awards honor and raise awareness of the work of medical professionals, researchers, philanthropists, and others making a difference in the lives of families with preemies.
This year’s MIRACLES Award Honoree is Heidelise Als, founder of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program, and the organization’s HOPE Award Honoree is NICU family-centered care champion Liza Gene Cooper. Their contributions will be showcased and celebrated at the event.
“Supporting change makers like our 2017 honorees is crucial to the evolution of preemie care, in and out of the NICU,” added Hall. “In recognizing the important work of honorees we aim to raise awareness of not only the impact of prematurity, but also the need to increase funding and research into improving outcomes for future preemies and families.”
To learn more about the 2017 Tinis for Preemies gala or for sponsorship information, visit http://grahamsfoundation.org/events/tinis-preemies.