Our signature events are more than just fundraisers. While attracting support for our 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 impacted by premature birth to connect with one other and to give back.
The most recent Toledo ’Tinis for Preemies at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in Perrysburg attracted more than 100 supporters, including Lauren and David Dzierwa; Pat and Elaine Sheehan; Mike and Deb DeBrosse; Mindi and Matt Marshall; Dr. Christy Lorton, Beth Anne Osborn; Rod, Greg and Neil McElroy; Andrew Wimberly and his wife Brandy Alexander-Wimberly; Jane and Dan DiSalle, and Jackie and Jeffery Stephens.
Our guests came for the Asian-fusion ambiance, the signature tiny ‘tinis sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, beer by Catawba Brewing Co., and a strolling dinner by Balance Pan Asian Grille. They also came for the great conversation, the spirited auction, and the meaningful connections.
This year, our 2017 Ambassador Family, Tom and Katie Timmers, shared their prematurity story, and we welcomed new board member Dr. Alan Spitzer, renowned neonatologist, who recently retired from Pediatrix Medical Group.
One special highlight of the evening was Graham’s Foundation President Nick Hall performing “I Don’t Know My Name” with his talented preemie, Reece.
All told, we raised approximately $35,000 from a growing list of new and repeat sponsors that included Bionix Development Corp.; HCR ManorCare; Laibe Electric; Northwest Ohio Neonatal Associates; Turley, Peppel & Timmers, and many others.
Now we’re busy planning our upcoming summer golf outing – so stay tuned for details. Hope to see you there!