Irving Oil and Mainway Customers Raise 90K for Miracle Babies

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Irving Oil and Mainway Customers Raise 90K for Miracle Babies

Tue, 05/06/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Every year, 450 babies arrive at the Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) for state-of-the-art care.
Irving Oil and CHaD are pleased to announce that their first ever
"Mork the Stork" fundraising partnership has raised $90,000 for infants in
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The funds, donated by Mainway customers and Irving Oil, will support
neonatal intensive care units and neonatal care facilities in the Pine
Tree and Granite states.
As part of Irving Oil's "Mork the Stork" Campaign, customers donated $1
for a feather to help cover up "Mork the Stork," a giant stork without
wings. Feathers were affixed to "Mork the Stork" displays at more than
120 Mainway and Big Stop locations over a period of five weeks. With each
feather, "Mork the Stork" was able to fly higher and higher, exceeding
fundraising goals set by Irving and CHaD.
What began as an effort to support the Children's Miracle Network in Maine
expanded beyond the network service area into New Hampshire as the
fundraising concept was adopted by all Mainway and Big Stop locations in
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The funds will be shared among four hospitals; Eastern Maine Medical
Center (EMMC) in Bangor, Me., The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital of the
Maine Medical Center in Portland, Me., the Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHAD) in Lebanon, NH, and
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover, NH. CHaD will receive $20,000.
"The stress of having a premature infant is overwhelming for most families
and it is important that the child receives the best medical care possible
and that the families feel part of that care," said Louis Shelzi, founder
of the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Parent Council at CHaD. "CHaD provides
a warm and caring environment for both the parents and the children being
treated here. The generosity of Irving Oil and its customers will go a
long way to help support families dealing with a life threatening medical
situation with their newborn child."
Working together, CHaD and Irving Oil have ensured that the funds raised
at local Mainway and Big Stop locations will remain in the communities
where customers reside. At CHaD, the funds will be used for programs that
benefit local families who have babies in the ICN, as well as for
much-needed medical equipment.
"We want to send a big thank you to all of our Irving Mainway employees
and customers for helping to support the neonatal intensive care units and
neonatal care facilities of Maine and New Hampshire," said Sandy
Bolstridge, Irving Oil Operations Manager for the Bangor area, who
spearheaded the fundraiser.
Bolstridge came up with the idea for the program after her own daughter
suffered complications at birth on December 4, 2001 and required a
seven-week stay at EMMC'S Rosen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
"The funds received by the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of CHaD
will ensure that the tiniest babies throughout New Hampshire and Vermont
will have access to the most advanced life-saving medical services
available," said Dr. William Edwards, Medical Director of the Intensive
Care Nursery and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at CHaD. "We are extremely
pleased to have the support of Irving Oil, its customers and employees.
The funds raised by the 'Mork the Stork' program will support New
Hampshire's full service intensive care nursery (ICN)."