Previous Years’ Events
September 10, 2011 | Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation Event
Raised: 80 Stuffed animals | 130 Blankets | $3,251
Our first benefit to honor baby Drake was held on September 10, 2011. Dozens of family, friends, and even a few thoughtful strangers joined us for an afternoon to remember Drake and raise funds for the Gwinnett Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
This first annual event was held at the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation office in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Through the generosity of friends of Drake, we were able to raise $3,251 for the GMC NICU. More than 80 stuffed animals and 183 blankets were also donated, to bring comfort and warmth to the infant patients in the NICU and their worried families.
The generous outpouring of support for Drake and the other babies whose lives begin in the NICU truly touched our hearts and far exceeded our expectations. We hope that each year we’re able to make this benefit even more successful.
Thank you to each and every person who came to the event, made a donation, entered the raffle, and shared our memories of Drake.
We also would like to say thank you to the generous organizations and companies whose gifts made the event’s success possible.
September 7, 2012 | Gwinnett Medical Center NICU Visit
Our memorial event was held September 8, 2012. A quiet gathering, we had dinner with those closest to us. We brought dinner and got to see all of the wonderful nurses and doctors who cared for Drake while he was in the NICU.
It was important that this year’s event be low-key because just a few weeks after the 2011 benefit Drake’s little brother Aden had entered the world – and in September 2012 we were still learning to juggle the needs of our year-old infant! Although this event wasn’t a fundraiser, generous friends contributed $280 to our cause.
September 8, 2013 | Spaghetti Luncheon
Raised: 116 Blankets | $4,500
A gathering with friends new and old was our way to honor Drake’s memory for his third birthday.