Mark your calendar -- the 8th annual Miracle Bash and Swim For Melissa will be held August 23 & 24, 2013.
The Miracle Bash, for adults, is on Friday, August 23 at Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, a fabulous silent auction and live music by Mambo Gris Gris.
The event is a fundraiser for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund, which buys state-of-the-art equipment for the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. Melissa's Fund is operated by Huntsville Hospital Foundation. To purchase your tickets for the Miracle Bash, call the Foundation office at (256) 265-8077.
Swim for Melissa is the following day, Saturday, August 24 at Hampton Cove Pool. This event offers children the opportunity to get involved. Register at Swimformelissa.org. This is a non-competitive swim for kids 4 to 16 years old. During the event, each child will have the opportunity to swim as many laps as possible in a set amount of time. Registration is $20 per swimmer, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt. Swimmers can raise money individually or form teams.
Proceeds from Swim for Melissa will be used to provide two Giraffe OmniBeds, a Giraffe Warmer, a Giraffe Incubator, and Spectralink phones.
About the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund
Chris and Amy George founded the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund in November 2005 in memory of their daughter, Melissa, who died shortly after birth. Amy, a former WHNT News 19 anchor, went in to labor with twins at 26 weeks gestation. Melissa's twin, Ann Catherine, survived and is now 7 years old. Amy and Chris were touched by the care both of their daughters received in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at Huntsville Hospital. In their words, "The doctors and nurses there take God's tiniest miracles and give them a chance at life." Money raised through Melissa's fund buys lifesaving equipment for the RNICU. "We can't think of a better way to honor Melissa's memory," Amy says. "Her time on Earth may have been short, but she'll live forever in our hearts. We are excited about all the good we'll be able to do in her name through this fund."
Since it was established in November 2005, Melissa’s fund has raised more than $1.7 million for the RNICU. Purchases made possible by the fund include a transport ventilator, a cross-vent ventilator, eight cardiac monitors, two Isolettes, five Giraffe Warmers, a GE warmer, eight Giraffe Incubators, 10 Giraffe OmniBeds, a patient monitoring system and thermometers. Funding has also helped to provide keepsake boxes for parents whose children pass away in the RNICU, and helps fund the family support program. Your donations are truly making a difference.