DARIEN, CT – The Darien-based Tiny Miracles Foundation held its annual gala on May 6 and raised approximately $300,000 to support the organization’s mission of supporting programs for families of premature babies in the Fairfield and New Haven counties.
The organization, which was founded in 2004 by two local mothers, helps families whose babies often spend weeks or months in neonatal intensive care due to being born prematurely. Their programs include one-on-one mentorship, educational resources and, in some cases, financial assistance.
The annual gala, held in person for the first time since 2019, welcomed nearly 200 guests to the Loading Dock in Stamford.
Guests enjoyed signature cocktails from beverage sponsor Vale Fox Distillery, as well as hors d’oeuvres and an elegant sit-down dinner by caterer Abigail Kirsch.
The event’s roaring 20s theme “Miracles…and All That Jazz” inspired signature touches, including a champagne tower and speakeasy entertainment room. One lucky guest won a pair of earrings designed by Donna Vock from jewelry sponsor Vock & Vintage.
The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Tiny Miracles, whose mission is to provide compassionate care to families of area premature babies.
“We are so grateful to the event sponsors, donors and guests for their generous support of Tiny Miracles and our programs that help thousands of families each year,” said Tina Tison, executive director of the Tiny Miracles Foundation, in A press release.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the “Miracle Maker” awards, which recognize individuals who share the organization’s dedication to supporting families of premature babies in southwestern Connecticut.
The 2022 event honored two recipients: Réal and Tara Leclerc – parents of twins born at 28 weeks. This couple has made a tangible difference in the lives of parents of premature babies in the community.
The other recipient was Dr. Meltem Seli – Neonatologist, Connecticut Children’s Specialty Group, Nuvance Health at Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals. Seli is an exceptional advocate and counselor for her little patients and for the mental health of their parents.
For more information on the Tiny Miracles Foundation, visit their website or call (203) 202-9714.