Team Paddy Power

April 11, 2012 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

For the last few years I have supported my friends’ Team Mackrelita in their fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes. Little did I know that one day my immediate family would be using the services provided by the March of Dimes in the Christiana Hospital NICU.

When Kevin Paddy was born fourteen weeks early a good friend suggested I have my family get in contact with the local March of Dimes coordinator. And I upped my involvement in MOD’s March for Babies by joining Team Mackrelita as a walker. Through generous donations from our family members, friends, colleagues and matching corporate donations our team took top honors in fundraising for the State of Delaware, over $13,000!

This year, Aly, Pat and I started Team Paddy Power and we are looking to give Team Mackrelita some serious, good-natured and fun competition for the fundraising crown!

To kick-off our efforts, we decided to host “Team Paddy Power’s Pancake Breakfast” on Sunday, March 4th. Our family loves this date as it is the only day of the year to give a command March Forth!

Our total fundraising goal was $10 for each day that Paddy was in the NICU – 128 days x $10 = $1,280.

Hosting a pancake breakfast sounds simple, right? Plan menu, go shopping, make pancakes, have drinks available. Well when you get the Quinn girls involved it isn’t. We chose to offer more on the menu besides just pancakes – quite a bit more…sausage, bacon, hash browns, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, milk, mimosa and bloody mary’s. We also decided to have a kids’ game plus a baked goods table filled with cookies and homemade Irish Soda Bread. And don’t forget the decorations! Balloons, coordinated table cloths, novelty hats, and display tables educating about the March for Babies Campaign including the various size clothes, diapers, ID bands that Paddy used!

The day before the event, we setup in Aly’s house to bake, cook and finalize plans. Her kitchen will never be the same! Pat must have known what chaos was pending as he took Paddy to NY for a visit with his mother. Smart Man!

That evening we ran up to the VFW Hall-Burke Post 5447, where we were holding the event to begin our setup and we were pleasantly surprised as we had many volunteers from the Post help us cover the tables, blow up balloons with candy inside for the game and make napkin rolls in addition to showing us how to work the kitchen appliances. (They were industrial appliances – not your normal kitchen grade – so we did need some instruction.)

The day of Team Paddy Power’s Pancake Breakfast dawned way too early but we got ourselves moving up to the Post to finish the cooking, decorating and setup. A big thanks to our dad for manning the door, the game and the baked goods table; to our Aunt Patty, Uncle Tommy and Mom for all the hard work in the kitchen; to Nancy & RJ at Kool Beans for the great balloon centerpieces and early morning delivery; to Jen and Pat for their multiple runs to the grocery store as we ran out of eggs and bacon; to everyone who helped in the cleanup afterwards and especially to all who came on the day or made donations in lieu of coming.

After many hours of planning, prep work and execution, Aly and I reconvened the night after the event to take stock of the day. While we have some adjustments to make in our food estimates (more eggs and bacon!) we raised over $1,600 which blew away our goal of $1,280!

We are in the midst of planning our next fundraising event – Team Paddy Power’s Wine Tasting at Penss Woods Winery – for Friday, April 13th. At this point, we are keeping it simple…$25 entry fee will give you 5 tasting tickets, a Penns Woods Winery tasting glass and nibbles. But again, it’s the Quinn Girls so I’m sure we’ll add something to add a bit more pizzazz! Our new goal is to raise $20 for every day Paddy was in the NICU: $20 x 128 days = $2,560.

Wine Tasting Details

In addition, the New Castle County March for Babies
is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, April 29th at the University of Delaware’s Main Campus. Please consider joining our team – come out and walk with us!

Our campaign wrap up is also in the works. We hope to hold a Post-Walk Recovery event at Dead Presidents in mid-late May.

We’ll post updates on Team Paddy Power’s progress and upcoming events. Once again we’re extremely grateful for all the support we’ve received so far from our friends, family and local community for Team Paddy Power, for Paddy himself, and for Aly and Pat during a challenging first year as micro-preemie parents. The best way our family can show its gratitude is by paying it forward and we look forward to doing just that over the next few months.

-Heather

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