Mother Daughter Derby Day Chari-TEA Raises $500 for Local Children’s Hospital

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Next Generation was presented a $500 check from Robyn Shirley, Independent Trunk Keeper & Team Leader with Matilda Jane Clothing, in support of Next Generation’s Angel Wings campaign, for a special neonatal unit transport ambulance for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Participants attending Shirley’s inaugural Derby Day Mother Daughter Chari-TEA, held in May, made this donation possible.

The Next Generation is a volunteer organization founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Its mission is to foster a positive healthcare experience for children and to further educate parents on children’s healthcare matters through fundraising, volunteer service and educational outreach.

The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center provides care for approximately 65,000 children each year, with more than 6,500 inpatient admissions. The facility also houses the only Level III neonatal intensive care nursery in the region and is the only one in southeast Georgia equipped to treat the most critically ill and premature newborns. Services include a specially trained emergency transport team and an ambulance outfitted with customized newborn equipment to transport premature newborns and critically ill infants to the facility. The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center currently transports more than 350 infants to its neonatal intensive care nursery (NICN) each year from a 24-county region throughout southeast Georgia. A new neonatal transport ambulance is needed to provide a critical upgrade in the Hospital’s ability to meet those needs.

“I was so pleased that mothers and grandmothers and their little girls joined my daughters and me in showing support for those precious babies who desperately need our help, while also recognizing all mothers with a tea in their honor,” said Shirley, “This new neonatal transport ambulance will greatly expand The Children’s Hospital’s ability to offer emergency care for premature newborns and infants in need of special medical or surgical attention.”

The Next Generation has committed to raising $50,000 each year for the next five years for a total commitment of $250,000 for the Angel Wings project, The organization is currently in its second fundraising year. For more information about Next Generation, visit http://www.nextgenerationsavannah.com

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Neilie Dunn, President of Next Generation, accepts donation from Robyn Shirley, Independent Trunk Keeper & Team Leader with Matilda Jane Clothing (LEFT TO RIGHT) Neilie Dunn, President of Next Generation, accepts donation from Robyn Shirley, Independent Trunk Keeper & Team Leader with Matilda Jane Clothing 2

MORE INFORMATION ON MATILDA JANE CLOTHING
Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) was founded by Denise DeMarchis in 2006 as a kitchen table startup that has quickly grown into a national children’s clothing business. Available in girls and adult sizes with designs that are youthful, playful and expressive, the brand’s whimsical approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. MJC sales are made directly though a Trunk Keeper, a representative who gets to know her customers personally. The exclusive sale of clothing by Trunk Keepers is a direct selling model allowing business opportunities for entrepreneurial women driven by creativity and relationship building. For more information, visit www.matildajaneclothing.com

MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEXT GENERATION
The Next Generation strives to brighten the everyday lives of children and their families during their stay at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. The organization seeks to create a warm and cheering atmosphere in the hospital to bring comfort to sick children and their families during such a difficult time. Its mission is to provide 100% of net funds raised through events and corporate and member contributions to support The Children’s Hospital’s equipment needs, services, and programs. In addition to fundraising, The Next Generation is dedicated to volunteer service and meeting the community’s pediatric educational needs.

For more information, contact:
Robyn Shirley
Team Leader & Trunk Keeper
Matilda Jane Clothing
843-384-3842
robyns@matildajaneclothing.com

Media inquiries, contact:
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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