The Mary Moon Foundation recently reported that the “Make A Splash 2015” at the Water Park of America on Sunday March 8, 2015 was a huge success and raised almost $25,000 for their foundation.
I love being able to help with a variety of causes while providing memorable entertainment for the guests. The small cover charge provided people with all afternoon access to the water park, food, HUGE silent auction, DJ Sarge spinning the tunes, and, of course, The Freddie Justice Comedy Hypnosis Show.
The Mary Moon Foundation was founded by Christine & Peter O’Keefe in memory of their daughter Mary Jacqueline O’Keefe, nicknamed “Moon.” Mary loved participating in arts and crafts and a variety of games and other activities while she spent a large portion of her final year in the hospital fighting neuroblastoma. Our mission is to conduct fundraising events to help finance art supplies, toys and games for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to help children enjoy life as much as every child should.
Mary and her mother, Christine, enjoyed many activities during Mary’s hospital stays. Mary participated in the hospital’s beads of courage program, and Christine continued to add beads to make bracelets and necklaces with Mary during time at home. They shared their creations with families and friends. Mary was fortunate to have a strong family support team whether that was mom’s artistic ability to make things like a chandelier from construction paper and paper towel rolls, or Grandma Jackie bringing Legos and animal figurines. We also had many friends that supported us with games and activities to help keep Mary occupied and growing cognitively.
Christine and I were fortunate to have such great support from our family, friends and employers, we are very grateful. There are many children whose family and resources are much more limited. One child I vividly recall had no family members with him during much of the time; how sad for both he and for his family who were unable to be there. Many days this child sat alone at his door in a little red wagon with his IV pole. The nurses would place this three year old there so he could watch all the activities in the hallway.
There is always a limit to what a hospital can provide. There is often a child going “without.” The impact made by Child Family Life (their people, activities and materials) is of great value to families. We want to help hospitalized children to be able to participate in normal childhood events and feel extra special.
Thank you to all those that came out and supported this event.
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