‘Tinis For Preemies Toledo 2018

Here a few images from ‘Tinis for Preemies 2018 – keep scrolling for a recap of the event! We hope you can join us next year!

A High Energy, High Impact Event

The 2018 Graham’s Foundation Ambassador Family Seryna and Randy LaDue was introduced that evening. The LaDues know all about prematurity first hand as their son, Caleb Ponce LaDue was born at only 22 weeks.  As the Ambassador Family, the LaDues will be instrumental in connecting Graham’s Foundation with other preemie parents.

CoFounder Nick Hall orchestrated a very lively auction including great getaway destination packages, cases of hand selected premium wines and a category of “Spring Spruce Up” items such as services like power washing for your home by Beerbower Painting & Power Washing, resealing for your driveway, by Perrysburg Residential Sealcoating & Asphalt, lawn services by Hoops Lawn Services, and even a Reve’ Salon and Spa certificate for the person who needs a spring spruce up!

Major supporter Tito’s Handmade Vodka doubled the dollars during the auction,  but the bidder paddles really started flying just after Dr. Christy Lorton of Dermatology Associates and Ada Aesthetics stepped up and agreed to match dollars raised for the Care Packages provided to parents of premature infants.  Beth Anne Osborne of Ada Aesthetics chimed in at the end of the auction offering an additional match bringing in the total number of Preemie Parent Care Packages to 33 in all. The evening raised over $43,000!

The venue was outfitted with farmhouse tables, old Edison style strung lighting and lanterns by Mager Designs, fabulous food by Fowl & Fodder and delicious signature martinis by Tito’s Handmade Vodka were sipped and savored.  Signature tiny martinis included The Fountain of Youth, The Wildebeest, a Classic Vodka Vesper, and Tito’s Garden, all paired with the foods served.  The smaller ounces martini glassware made it possible to try them all!

Seen at ‘Tinis for Preemies fundraiser include Sally Reece with granddaughter and surviving twin of Graham Hall, Reece Hall; Kristin, Grace and Emma Kate Holbrook; Chris Becker of Bionix Corporation with JB and Nicole Leboutillier and Jeremy Zeisloft; Robert Scott of Brookside Contracting with Cara Scott and Jennifer King; Pat Sheehan of DMC Technology Group with wife Elaine Sheehan; Patrick Williams of Hylant and wife Rae Anne Williams;  Jarrod Demski of Heidelberg Distributing and wife Cheryl Demski; Heidi and Matt Shade; Kelly Ewbank, Jodi Farschman; Tina and Todd Griffith; Betty Lazarro of Sulphur Springs Realty and husband Jim Lazarro; Deborah Born, Lisa Butler, Jane and Dan DiSalle; Dr. Pedro Roca and wife Stephanie Risk with friends Vicky Champagne (Gotta love her last name!)and husband Franco Daino.  Deb Buker of Welch Publishing and husband Les Buker were with good friends Dick and Annette Sipp, Marge Black and John and Carol Hall. The Halls are the grandparents to the Graham’s Foundation namesake, Graham Nicholas Hall.

 

 

Supporting Preemie Parents in Difficult Times

As we work together through these challenging times, you may have questions about how Graham’s Foundation is supporting our preemie parent community. Fortunately, because our support programs have always been delivered virtually, we are equipped to deliver all of our programs today, tomorrow, and into the future to continue to meet the psychosocial needs of parents.

Our Care Packages offer helpful tips for self-care and navigating the NICU and going home (our supplies have been in stock since before the COVID-19 outbreak), our MyPreemie app provides critical preemie-related information and helps parents journal their NICU experience, and our three dozen trained mentors are available to lend an ear and offer words of advice and encouragement.

In such a difficult time, it is more important than ever that we are here for the most vulnerable members of our community and Graham’s Foundation is ready. We are grateful to our volunteers and the individuals and industry partners who make generous donations that enable us to develop and deliver our support programs.

In Gratitude,

Nicholas Hall, Founder

Graham’s Foundation