Event benefits prematurity support organization

Graham’s Foundation, the global support organization for parents going through the journey of prematurity, has announced it will debut this year’s Ambassador Family at its upcoming ‘Tinis for Preemies evening at the Carranor Hunt & Polo Club in Perrysburg on Friday, March 3.

Handcrafted signature martinis and a strolling dinner will be followed by a live auction and the official introduction of Ambassadors Katie and Tom Timmers.

‘Tinis events are designed to both raise funds for the organization and raise awareness of how something as common as premature birth can be an incredibly challenging and transformative experience for families like the Timmers. Their son Dominic came into the world at just 28 weeks gestation, and they became one of the first families Graham’s Foundation was able to support.

“Dominic was born in 2009 and so when we received our care package in the NICU, the organization had only been active for a few months,” Katie said. “There was a baby blanket, some pamphlets, and the grams-to-pounds conversion chart – pretty basic stuff – but just getting the box meant a lot. Suddenly I knew there was this local group of parents who had gone through the same struggles we were facing and that they cared enough to send us a gift.”

The Timmers are looking forward to the opportunity to share more about their story (which includes not only premature birth but also post-partum depression and pregnancy after prematurity) as this year’s Ambassador Family because, as Katie noted, parent support is too often overlooked.

“It’s why we initially supported and now continue to be involved with Graham’s Foundation. People always ask what they can do for a family with a preemie but the answer is don’t ask what you can do, just pick something and do it. That’s what makes Graham’s Foundation so special – right from the start they saw a need and began supporting parents, first locally and then nationally and internationally.”

Graham’s Foundation president Nick Hall added: “Over the years, the ‘Tinis event series has become so much more than just a fundraiser, and while Jenn and I still share our prematurity story widely, we also see the importance of sharing other families’ experiences. ‘Tinis for Preemies evenings attract thought leaders and influencers in the area of premature birth, as well as philanthropists, executives and of course, parents. There’s power in putting real families’ stories out there in front of the audiences who can work for change. And of course, we are still committed to making sure every new parent of a preemie sees they’re not alone from the very beginning.”

‘Tinis for Preemies evenings have attracted thousands of attendees across the country since the event series launched, and the brands and partner organizations that help make them happen continue to have a unique chance to connect with engaged contacts and customers at each one. Additionally, ‘Tinis for Preemies sponsors have the opportunity to be a part of pre- and post-event outreach efforts, which can include direct mail, local paid advertising, radio and television mentions, press releases, and a social media blitz.

To learn more about the 2017 ‘Tinis for Preemies gala or for tickets and sponsorship information, visit http://GrahamsFoundation.org/events/tinis-for-preemies/.