A Look at Our NYC Tinis for Preemies Event to Support Parents of Preemies

On October 1, Graham’s Foundation supporters new and old gathered at NYC’s Eventi Hotel for an amazing evening of drinks, dinner, inspirational talks, and an out of this world auction in support of our organization. The 2015 fall Tinis for Preemies gala was everything we could have hoped for thanks to the hard work of our staff, volunteers, and sponsors like Starbright Floral Design, Craig Scott Entertainment, and longtime supporter Tito’s Handmade Vodka.


A warm welcome for gala attendees


Our signature cocktail menu and one of Starbright Floral Design’s beautiful arrangements

It had been a drizzly day, but attendees were snug in the Eventi Hotel’s outdoor rooftop dining room – a very cool tented space with an amazing view of the city. It was here that more than a hundred preemie parents, advocates, and NYC movers and shakers gathered to hear how Graham’s Foundation came to be and how our mission has changed over the years.


Founders Nick and Jenn Hall started the evening off


The ‘tinis’ that make our Tinis for Preemies evenings out so special

We were honored to have preemie mom and author of Girl in Glass Deanna Fei there to present this year’s Hope Award to the authors of the book Preemies and the creators of the award-winning MyPreemie app – Dana Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron. We also were lucky enough to have preemie mom Kathy Walley and her daughter Britton there to present researcher and neonatologist Dr. Alan Spitzer with this year’s Miracles Award.


Special guest author and preemie mom Deanna Fei


The amazing women behind Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies


Researcher and neonatologist Dr. Alan Spitzer accepts an award from one of his former patients

One highlight of the evening was the auction, which included artwork by Dr. Spitzer, vacation property rentals including a week at a Costa Rica villa donated by Booz Allen Hamilton’s Xena Ugrinsky, golf packages, and more. The auctioneer, a close friend of Nick’s, made it one of our most successful (and most fun) auctions yet! Thanks in part to the generosity of our auction item donors, we raised funds that will help us continue to fund our mission through the end of the year and into 2016.


Waiting for our auction to begin!


We’re grateful that there are so many dedicated people like Dr. Spitzer working to improve outcomes for preemies

And finally, we have to say a huge thank you to Natural Expressions NY whose photographer took such beautiful photos that night! All of our Tinis for Preemies evenings are fantastic but they made sure this one looked especially fabulous.

tinis for preemies - grahams foundationThanks so much to the following Tinis for Preemies sponsors:

For more information about Tinis for Preemies, Graham’s Foundation sponsorships, and our other events, click here.

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