Hailey's Hope Foundation

Supporting Families in the NICU

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(Rye, NY—May 7, 2011) Over 125 guests came out to show their support for Hailey’s Hope Foundation and the evening’s honoree, Dr. Edmund F. La Gamma, at its “Fiesta en la Playa” fundraiser on April 30th at Manursing Island Club in Rye.  Great Mexican cuisine, cocktails, raffles, and more set the stage for a fantastic and memorable night.  The event raised over $85,000 for programs that bring hope, comfort and support to families coping with their baby’s hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Among the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the Hailey Zion Memorial Award for Community Spirit to Dr. Edmund F. La Gamma, Chief of Newborn Medicine and Director of the Regional NICU at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.  Dr. La Gamma has been instrumental in creating and expanding access to an extraordinary, highly specialized hub of critical care for the tiniest and acutely ill newborns at the Regional NICU.  His commitment, dedication and hard work have significantly impacted the survival and health of NICU babies and the lives of many NICU families.  Dr. La Gamma’s wife, Kalliope, and son, Nicholas, proudly accepted this award on his behalf.

Hailey’s Hope Foundation was created in memory of Hailey, the baby daughter of longtime Rye residents Isaac and Donna Zion, who was born prematurely and passed away shortly after birth.  Its mission is to help families in need with premature and critically ill babies hospitalized in the NICU.  Since its inception in December 2007, Hailey’s Hope Foundation has raised over $300,000 and provided financial and emotional support to over 500 families in Westchester and surrounding counties to help make their difficult NICU journeys a little easier to manage.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please contact us at (914) 584-8833, by email at info@haileyshopefoundation.org or visit our website at www.haileyshopefoundation.org.


Donna Zion

Vice President , Hailey’s Hope Foundation

Phone: (914) 584-8833

Email:  info@haileyshopefoundation.org

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