For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter

May 2016

Lights out for Celebrity Waiter Night

The grand finale for Celebrity Waiter Night took place on Monday, May 9 at Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Throughout the evening, guests reminisced about three successful decades of fun-filled, entertaining fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network. Videos of past employee performances and photos from past events filled the room.

Since 1986, the annual event has raised more than $3.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. This year Celebrity Waiter Night closes out a successful run, raising more than $220,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Alyssa

Born at only 26 weeks and weighing a tiny 1 pound and 4 ounces, Alyssa started fighting for her life right after her birth in the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

“She was in the hospital more often than not as a child,” Tina Mann, Alyssa’s mom, said.

Due to complications from her extreme prematurity, Alyssa had her first surgery at 2 months old to place a feeding tube into her abdomen. At 3 months old, her care team placed a shunt to drain excessive cerebrospinal fluid that was accumulating in her brain.

Following that procedure, Alyssa spent two weeks at home only to return to the children’s hospital for another three months.


Retailers putting money on miracles

From May 21 through June 11, Publix Super Markets are inviting customers to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” by donating to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

In exchange for a $1, $3 or $5 donation, Publix customers will receive a set of coupons with savings of up to $20 on popular brands. Funds raised from the coupon campaign will help provide lifesaving care for local kids.

Check out our other generous regional partners supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through special promotions.

Chicos Scarf Collage

Limited edition Miracle Scarf at Chico’s

It’s not every day that you see patients’ artwork on a Chico’s scarf! This scarf was designed by patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

“To help support millions of kids in need of lifesaving care and treatment, Chico’s will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each scarf to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donation will be made up to $50,000,” according to the listing on the retailer’s website.

The scarf quickly sold out of stock online, but Chico’s representatives anticipate restocking soon.


Upcoming Events


Miracle Treat Day at DQ

July 28

On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will be donated from participating Dairy Queen® locations to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Can't get away from the office? Employers are encouraged to place pre-orders for staff so everyone can enjoy the fun!

• For those in the Gainesville area, you can pre-order your Blizzards from the DQ on Archer Road by calling 352-244-0482. This location is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from Blizzards sold!

• For all other locations, contact your local Dairy Queen to place your order. Check for more information.


UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the entire wish list here.