Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery  

               More than 200 people attended Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft on Oct. 5, 2019. The event was in support of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Emmett’s Place at Miami Valley Hospital.

               Attendees had access to the entire museum, a buffet dinner and the Ohio State game in the museum’s planetarium. Family-oriented activities included animal encounters, a selfie photo booth, face painting and a unique scavenger hunt throughout the museum. 

               Guests enjoyed dinner in three specially-themed rooms based on board games, with sponsors and their guests in the Monopoly room and the Sphere room, while families dined in Candyland.  Our sincere thanks to Sarah Hankins for creating the spectacular decorations in the dining rooms and throughout the museum; to Stacey Gazdik for the beautiful art design on posters at the event; and to Julie Scanlan, MS, RN, nurse manager in in the NICU, for all her wonderful help with the event!

               Emmett’s Place is an area of respite and hospitality for the immediate family members of patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and for antepartum mothers and their families. The space allows family members to take a break from hospital routines to relax, enjoy a meal, and have a chance to be close to one another during a hospital stay.  This comforting space is dedicated to the memory of Emmett Sorensen who was born prematurely at MVH but passed away shortly after his birth. His parents, Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen, wanted to ensure that his short life has a lasting impact on others by bringing families closer together. 

               Presenting sponsor PNC was joined by ten other sponsors in creating the magical evening in support of NICU families. Individuals who were unable to attend the event can sponsor a day at Emmett’s Place for a contribution of just $300. For more information about Emmett’s Place, please call the Foundation at 937-208-2700. 

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

The Kelchner Family  
Barbara and Tom MacLeod  
Barbara A. Johnson  

The Belcastro Family  
Lynn and Barbara Crawford  

Thanks to the Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Committee
Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen – Chairs
Steve and Sarah Hankins – Co-Chairs
Dr. Marc and Kim Belcastro
Erin Covey
Stacy and Mark Gazdik
Todd and Lisa Kelchner
Dr. Thomas and Jeanie Kupper
Jenny Lewis
Julie Scanlan
Dr. Ed and Meredith Spitzmiller