MIRACLE BASH, SWIM FOR MELISSA TO BENEFIT HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S MELISSA GEORGE NEONATAL MEMORIAL FUND
Proceeds will purchase a Voyager Isolette for Kids Care transport ambulance
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s 13th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa are once again raising money to provide lifesaving equipment for babies in Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, silent auction and live music at Miracle Bash on Friday, Aug. 3, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Grand Hall.
Then, kids ages four to 14 can participate in a day of family fun at Swim for Melissa, Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hampton Cove Pool. Teams of eight will swim as many laps as possible in five minutes, with prizes for the top fundraising teams.
Proceeds from both events will benefit the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and will purchase a Voyager Isolette for Huntsville Hospital’s newest Kids Care Critical Care Transport ambulance. This important piece of medical equipment helps regulate an infant’s temperature, monitors vital signs and contains a ventilator for babies who need help breathing.
The ambulance and equipment will travel to hospitals throughout the region—some as far as 70 miles away—to bring critically ill children and newborns to Huntsville Hospital.
“Chris and I are so honored to host Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa for the thirteenth year,” said Amy George, co-founder of the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund at HHF. “Our community has supported this cause and our family from the beginning, saving countless NICU babies as a result. This year, we are thankful that guests and swimmers will help provide the Voyager Isolette, making transport safer and more effective for those tiny babies who need to be brought to Huntsville Hospital’s NICU.”
About the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund
The Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund was established in memory of Amy and Chris George’s daughter, Melissa. In June 2005, Amy gave birth at 26 weeks to Melissa and Ann Catherine. Melissa died just a few hours after she was born, and Ann Catherine was a patient in the RNICU for 68 days. The fund has provided more than $3.2 million since 2005 to purchase equipment for the NICU and to provide support for families of premature infants.
About Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Huntsville Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is the fundraising arm of Huntsville and Madison Hospitals. It works to strengthen relationships between the hospitals and the community. The Foundation accepts gifts—both individual and corporate—on the hospitals’ behalf, and works to fund present and future equipment and program needs. For more information, call (256) 265-8077 or visit huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org.
CONTACT: Katie Coppens