Put material things aside for awhile, give back to those less fortunate. Here are a few ways that you can give back: Volunteer with the Salvation Army, ringing the bell, work at the homeless shelter serving food, help with collecting toys and delivering them for Toys for Tots and if you have a heart for babies, Give back to families in the hospital during Christmas, donate time to The Gift of Life putting care packages together for those parents that have their premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Wrap Happily While Giving Freely
Day 2 Christmas Countdown
Today is Giving Tuesday! You may ask yourself what is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday! December 2nd after Black Friday, after Cyber Monday! We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
As you are wrapping gifts, remember don’t do it on the floor so that you can avoid having back pain. Wrap on a mat standing infront of a counter or table. Wear comfortable shoes , this is advice from Ergonomist Chris Adams.
The important thing is to have Fun!! Sometimes we get a little wrapped up in life and have to take time to enjoy it…
Participate in Giving Tuesday by purchasing an ornament that will benefit premature babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
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Darrell Armstrong Supporting Prematurity
When 27 Miracles Rosie Moore met Former Magic Player Darrell Armstrong, they immediately connected through both their passions and that is to help premature babies and their parents. As they sat together sharing stories about why each of them got involved in helping, it was clear they shared the same mission. Darrell had a premature baby of his own so he understood what Rosie Moore meant when she said she was passionate about helping parents.. “In 1999, following the premature birth of his youngest daughter, Darrell Armstrong founded the Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies, Inc. Darrell knew his baby daughter would need special care and was thankful that he had the financial means to provide whatever she needed. He realized that many of the parents of the other critically ill children did not have the resources to provide the special treatments and equipment their premature children might need. It became Darrell’s mission to help provide those resources.”
Darrell is currently the Assistant Coach for the Dallas Mavericks and will be in Orlando for The Gift of Life. Darrell started his own foundation company called the Darrell Armstrong Foundation . Their mission: ” The Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies, Inc.’s mission is to assist families of premature babies in their efforts to raise healthy children, so they may recognize the gift of love that God has given them.”
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Mayors in Orange County Unite
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn unite with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to declare that September 13 2014 is the official Gift of Life Day !
On September 13 2014, The Rosen Centre will be receiving guests for The Gift of Life. The event will have entertainment by local celebrities, guest speakers, dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. You will get to walk on the Red Carpet and have your picture taken while you can also have a picture drawn by a world famous caricature artist!
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Proceeds will benefit the Florida Hospital of Children Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and teh making of the movie A Story of Faith which will provide resources as well for parents of premature babies.
The Mayor’s Proclamation:
Whereas, premature births have been increasingly steady, progressively and alarmingly over the past two decades; and
Whereas, many premature babies are born too small and face the risk of getting sick easily; and
Whereas, even though doctors have made excellent advances in caring for babies born too small and too soon, there is a long way to go in order to prevent preterm birth from happening in the first place; and
Whereas, 27Miracles is an organization that is presenting the Gift of Life, a fundraiser event inspired by Rosie Moore’s own story, who had a premature baby that was born 13 weeks early; and
Whereas, the event seeks to raise funds for equipment supporting Florida Hospital for Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and
Whereas, the special night celebrates the daily miracles of premature newborns and encourages our community to provide support to those families that are having premature babies; and
Whereas, organizations such as 27 Miracles work closely with volunteers and partners to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity and to decrease the rate of preterm birth in our region:
NOW,THEREFORE, I, BUDDY DYER,MAYOR OF ORLANDO, Do hereby proclaim September 13, 2014, as
“The Gift of Life Day”
In the city of Orlando,
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we hereunto have set our hand and caused the Seal of the City of Orlando to be affixed this 29th Day of July 2014
The Gift of Life Entertainment Line Up
Who will be coming out of Southern Elegance Limousine to entertain you on September 13 2014 and walking on the red carpet? You will have to be there to see and meet some of these celebrities donating their time to entertain you.
Southern Elegance Limousine is the official transportation company for The Gift of Life. Southern Elegance Limousines has been providing Limousine and Executive Car Service in the Orlando and Central Florida area since August of 2000. Their goal is to provide you with a safe and reliable service with a professional chauffeur that tends to your every need.
When Owner Miguel was asked why he wanted to help The Gift of Life, he replied
“The reason that I would like to help this cause is that as small business owners we run around 24/7 trying to run our businesses and provide for our families and sometimes you have to stop and also think that there are other people that you can help and assist that are not as lucky as we are.”
Whitney Lynn/Recording Artist
Christian recording artist, songwriter, actress, host, worship leader, & speaker. The artist has received an IAAPA nomination for, “Best Female Performer” (one out of three females in the world). The artist has toured to India, hosted Disney’s Night of Joy, advertised through TV Guide, and recorded for Grammy Award winning producer, Dru Castro. Whitney Lynn has sung backup for Donnie McClurkin, Karen Wheaton, and The Crabb Family for TBN, and has been heard on radio. She is grateful to use her gifts for God’s glory and to reach the lost through her music.
Hannah Daly/Singer and Songwriter
Hannah Daly is a songwriter with an extraordinary talent for telling stories through her music. From playful infatuations to unrequited affection, Hannah’s lyrics and arrangements express the depth and emotion of an old soul tempered by the innocence of youth. Hannah recorded Never Be the Same with Mike Walker, a Grammy-award winning musician and producer.
When ashed is she would be able to perform at The Gift of Life, her enthusiastic reply was, ” Yes! What an amazing cause. The event sounds fantastic, and I am honored to participate.”
Rico Michael Jackson/Entertainer
I would like to introduce “Enrico Hampton” known to many as “Rico-Michael Jackson” world’s most exciting Michael Jackson Tribute artist. His life as an entertainer has been event filled, performing for various community events, schools, churches, and charities. Rico’s breath-taking performances have led him on a journey around the country from LA to New York. His musical magnetism has drawn recognition and praise from the city of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, who honored the multi-talented with a proclamation proclaiming December 5th Enrico Hampton Day in the City of Chicago. http://ricomichaeljackson.com/www.ricomichaeljackson.com/HOME.html
Glenn is an award-winning caricature artist/ illustrator residing in Orlando, FL. He has been nominated a Master caricaturist by the International Society of Caricature Artists (after winning the Golden Nosey Award in 2009). His artwork can be seen all over the world. Every guest attending The Gift of Life can take home a caricature of themselves as his gift to you for attending The Gift of Life
When Glenn was asked why he wanted to be involved with The Gift of Life, his reply surprised us all. “I am happy to help with this event, the Gift of Life, that will benefit the Florida Hospital for Children/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Making of the movie A Story of Faith; because I experienced the same care that all of these unsung heroes do every day. It’s because of the amazing and heartfelt care and expertise that were so instrumental in my survival and enduring health those first delicate months of my life that I am here. ” You see Glenn was born prematurely himself at 1lb.
Vincent De Marco/Actor/Producer
Vincent DeMarco is an actor and producer,
Vincent DeMarco is known for Ace of Clubs (2014), Undead Apocalypse (2012) and The Art of Villainy (2014).
Letting Go (2014)
The Breaking Point (2014)
Two Sided (2013)
Dream Season (2013)
Less Lost (2012)
The Return of the Loch Ness Monster from Outer Space (2012) and more..
When you ask Vincent why he wanted to be involved with The Gift of Life, his reply was , “The movies that last the test of time are always the films with a positive message and heart warming stories. “A Story of Faith” has all the makings to be that strong of a film. Not only touching the hearts of those who will watch it but also helping the newborns right in our own hometown. DeMarco Films is proud to be apart of this project and The Gift Of Life Event. Anyone willing or able to give to this incredible organization will be making a difference for high risk newborns here in Orlando as well as helping families keep the faith during their struggle to keep their newborn child alive.”
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Let me introduce Dave Maldo, Magician. Dave has been performing mind-blowing magic for more than 20 years, his unique style has astonished & amazed thousands of people around the world. While serving abroad, he was enlisted by the USO to perform at venues throughout Europe. This allowed him to present the universal language of magic to the world stage. Today, he continues to mystify diverse audiences with family-friendly, professional performances. Dave loves making magic, and has a blast doing it – and so will the audience!
Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Hilton Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein is board certified in pediatrics and specializes in neonatal-perinatal medicine and pediatrics. He and the physicians at The Center for Neonatal Care provide comprehensive services and treatments for a variety of neonatal conditions. The Center was designed to treat premature and sick babies at Florida Hospital for Children. For newborns that are in a high-risk pregnancy, are premature at birth, or are critically ill, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) serves as their “home” until they are able to be discharged. The NICU is overseen by the neonatologists from the Center.
Dr. Bernstein along with the team of neonatolgists on staff at Florida Hospital for Children, svaed the life of Kaleb Moore, the preemie that brought you A Story of Faith . You can purchase the book here Amazon or at The Gift of Life Event on September 13 2014
And if all that is not enough for fun….we want to shake things up a bit with some photobooth time from our friends at
Just For You Photo Booth
Just For You Photo Booths have the mission to provide the best photo booth rental service in Central Florida for people who’s life memories are priceless.
When you ask owner Eddie, Why support The Gift of Life, his reply: “My wife and I have been in business now for over 5 yrs and we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. We are a small family owned business. As hopeful parents one day when God blesses us with one of our own we will feel comfortable knowing that there are organizations out there that will provide help for those unexpected life emergencies with children. We feel strongly about helping and giving back to organizations and hospitals that their main focus is to take care of all children’s needs for a healthy life and give the parents the support and help they deserve. That’s why we feel that giving this small gift could make someone happy and help.” www.justforyouphotobooths.com
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Stay tuned to our blog to see what other celebrities are supporting The Gift of Life!!!
Spotlight on a Vendor….Mel’s Beauty Box
27 Miracles couldn’t just offer evening Gowns at Solutions Bridal and Tuxedos and Suits at Absolutely Fitting and not offer hair and make up appointments for The Gift of Life day!
Mel’s Beauty Box has offered special rates for our Gift of Life guests to get their hair and make up done at the Rosen Centre. Appointments are going fast so contact Mel’s Beauty Box so that you can get your appointment scheduled. Now here is a little bit about Mel’s Beauty Box.
At Mel’s Beauty Box, it is our mission to focus on not only Beauty but your overall Health & Fitness. We are excited to assist you with any special occasion. Specializing in all occasion spa services from pampering days prior to your wedding or event date. We work with the finest Event Service Providers in Hawaii, Florida, & California so anything you need we promise we can assist you with. We provide mobile services so that we can accommodate you, your family members, and friends where ever it is convenient. Being able to be on location ensures you a flawless experience prior to any special day.
Mel’s Beauty Box is now accepting appointments for hair and makeup prior to event start time for The Gift of Life .Call now to reserve your time.
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Message from Mayor Buddy Dyer
Win a Ticket to The Gift of Life
Want to win a ticket to The Gift of Life Event?
No it’s not a Party for Ladies Night!
No it’s not a guys’ golf tournament!
No It’s not an all you can drink party!
What is it?
Here are the details :
Must like facebook page A Story of Faith…..
Write us on our page why you should be the winner of attending this Black Tie Affair. Share your story with friends and family so they can vote for your story. The person with the most likes for their story on our page, will win the ticket, get their picture with our celebrity artist and win an autographed book A Story of Faith. Contest will go on until June 28 2014
An opportunity to help save lives and be of support to those parents enduring prematurity and the tireless staff that take care of these babies and make a difference!
You may say, I am single, or my baby is healthy or I am a wedding professional, or I am a guy, or I am a business person, none of this should interest me, why should I go?
But on the contrary, these are the future leaders of America.
Did you know that there are famous people that were born premature and made an impact in the world?
Most recently Time Magazine published an article on David Joyce, US House Representative for Ohio, Republican District 14
Read Time Magazine article and see the amazing story.
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Here are some other famous premature babies:
See this article from Little Treasure’s Foundation
“Prematurity has always been part of the human experience and some babies who were born early have always been able to survive. We can find traces of illustrious prems in historical biographies – some whose prematurity is certain, thanks to precise records, and others for whom it can only be inferred because an infant was very small, or had some typical complication of prematurity. The following list includes only some of the most famous names imaginable:
German astronomer and mathematician. Born 1571. Lived 59 years. Estimated I.Q. 160. He had a bad start in life as he was a seven month baby and seven month babies were proverbially thought to be weak in body and mind. As he grew, however, his body became strong and his superior intellect evolved. He became the Principal Mathematician to the Emperor and a founder of modern astronomy and physics. He elucidated the Copernican concept of the Universe.
Sir Isaac Newton:
British mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Born 1642. Lived 85 years. Estimated I.Q. 170. On Christmas Day in the house of Woolthrope, a three-pound baby, newly born, rested on a pillow near his mother. He was alive but fighting for breath. Frightened old midwives went for the doctor remarking, “The baby’s as good as dead. It’s a miracle if he lives until we get back. Such a tiny mite, he is.” Later Isaac would remember fondly his mother’s remark, “You were so tiny that you might have been put into a quart mug!” This tiny mite came to be known as one of the greatest scientific geniuses of all time.
Sir Winston Churchill:
British statesman. Born 1874. Lived 91 years. He was not expected to be born until sometime in January of the following year. He upset a ball by his early birth on November 30. He had good lungs, for the Duchess of Marlborough shook her head and observed, “I have myself given life of quite a number of infants-such an earth-shaking noise as this newborn baby made, I have never heard.”
Ballerina. Born 1885. Lived 46 years. As a premature infant she “. . . was so weak and puny that her parents had her baptized three days after birth. She spent most of her time in the next few months . . . wrapped in cotton wool.” She ultimately became and was proclaimed the worlds’s most famous ballerina.
Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris ):
Singer, songwriter, producer. Born 1950. It is thought that he received excessive oxygen levels in his incubator which led to retinopathy of prematurity, a destructive ocular disorder affecting the retina, characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels, scarring, and sometimes retinal detachment. Common among other prematurely born children in the 1940s and 50s, this is considered to be the ultimate cause of his blindness.
He has recorded more than 30 Top 10 hits, won 21 Grammy Awards (a record for a solo artist), also one for lifetime achievement, he has won an Oscar for Best Song and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. Opera star Luciano Pavarotti once referred to him in a concert as a “great, great musical genius”.
Physicist (Nobel Prize Winner 1921). Born in. Ulm, Germany, Mar. 14, 1870. Died Princeton, N.J., Apr. 18, 1955. He contributed more than any other scientist to the 20th-century vision of physical reality. At his birth, Albert’s mother was reputedly frightened that her infant’s head was so large and oddly shaped. His parents also worried about his intellectual development as a child due to his initial language delay and his lack of fluency until the age of nine, though he was one of the top students in his elementary school.
British Naturalist: Born Feb 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. Died April 1882. He achieved lasting fame by convincing the scientific community that species develop over time from a common origin. He developed his interest in natural history while studying first medicine, then theology, at university. During Darwin’s lifetime many species and geographical features were given his name.
Infact, when the Beagle was surveying Australia in 1839, one of Darwin’s friend sighted a natural harbour which the ship’s captain named Port Darwin. The settlement of Palmerston founded there in 1869 was officially renamed Darwin in 1911. It became the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, which also boasts Charles Darwin University and Charles Darwin National Park.
EnglishPoet. Born 31 Oct 1795. Died 23 Feb 1821. He was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He often felt himself working in the shadow of past poets, particularly Milton, Spenser and Shakespeare. Only towards the end of his life did he produce his most original and most memorable poems, including a series of odes that remain among the most popular poems in English.
Writer. Born Nov 1835. Died April 1910. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, entered the world 2 months early, weighing only 5 pounds. It was 1835, a time when preemies could not be expected to live. In fact, his mother wrote, “A lady came in one day and said you don’t expect to raise that babe do you. I said I would try. But he was a poor looking object to raise.” Despite his premature birth, Mark Twain would live to become one of the most famous personalities in American literature.
French Poet and Novelist. Born Feb 1802. Died May 1885. Although there is no positive proof that Victor Hugo was born prematurely, it is likely judging from several descriptions of his birth and infancy. His mother described him as “no longer than a knife.” in fact, it is said that Victor’s coffin was ordered from the carpenter at the same time as his cradle. He later told Alexandre Dumas that even at 15 months he could not hold his head erect. Like many preemies, Hugo was determined to live and make his mark on society. he went on to become one of the greatest writers of all time as well as a major figure in French politics. His best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
French writer and philosopher. Born 1712. Died July 1778. Rousseau was born almost dead and infact his mother died nine days after giving birth due to complications from childbirth.
He saw a fundamental divide between society and human nature. Rousseau contended that man was good-by nature, when in the state of nature (the state of all other animals, and the condition humankind was in before the creation of civilization and society), but is corrupted by society. His political ideas greatly influenced the French Revolution, development of socialist theory and growth of nationalism.
Award winning actor, film director and activist. Born Feb 1927. He was born on the high seas. As he was premature when he was born, he was not originally expected to survive the boat ride. His early career started out in Broadway and broke into Hollywood in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle. He was the first male black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and first to have won an academy award for Best Actor. He has directed several film with the most successful being “Stir Crazy”.
These are just a few names. Other famous premature babies include Napolean Bonaparte (French Emperor), Voltaire (French writer and philosopher), Renoir (Impressionist painter), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German poet, dramatist and novelist), Thomas Hobbes (English philosopher), Michael J Fox (American actor), Mark and Carol Thatcher (twins of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher).
Major sources of information:
Premature Babies UK, Neonatology on the Web, Wikepedia, The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies – Linden, Paroli and Doron”
So now that we gave you the history of prematurity and how these people impacted our society, you can see the importance of being involved in the Gift of Life to help the NICU.
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