Local Boy Joins National Ambassador Tour to Share Impact of Local Donations to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart
The 2016-17 Champions of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Depart for
Nation’s Capital to Advocate for Support of Children’s Healthcare
On Saturday, June 25, 14-year-old Drew Barefield of Crestview will join pediatric patients from each state on an Ambassador Tour for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Drew was treated for multiple traumatic injuries at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, one of 170 member CMN Hospitals. Each “Champion” child has personally benefited from donations to the charity and illustrates how community support greatly impacts local children’s hospitals. CMN Hospitals’ funds are helping to pay for a building expansion at Drew’s children’s hospital. This campaign is a promise to our region to provide life-saving care to more children and families, like Drew. Donations also cover equipment like syringe pumps and a transport ventilator, which helps stabilize kids like Drew between surgeries.
Champions and guests will fly into the District of Columbia, courtesy of Delta Air Lines, and will be welcomed by Champion alumni and supporters at a celebratory event at the JW Marriott Washington, DC. Throughout the week, Champions will share their inspiring stories to encourage charitable support for children’s hospitals. Opportunities include touring Marriott International headquarters to thank associates and leadership for their continued support, attending Senate meetings on Capitol Hill, generating awareness at a Washington Nationals game and participating in a satellite media tour with TV stations across the country. Drew will share his amazing story. After being struck by a boat, he spent 75 days in The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola and underwent 13 surgeries. During his treatment, he showed a positive, “can-do” attitude and genuine concern for other pediatric patients.
“Drew Barefield is a remarkable young man who inspires others to live each day to the fullest,” says Carol Carlan, president of the Sacred Heart Foundation. “We are honored to have Drew represent the thousands of children treated each year as he meets with Senators and our CMN Hospital partners in DC. Miracles are happening in our community. Drew Barefield is showing our community, that miracles and life-saving care are being provided at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, your Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.” “The specialized care children’s hospitals provide is only partially funded by government and insurance programs,” says John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “As our Champions demonstrate, local donations are crucial to ensure children’s hospitals are able to fund pediatric research, equipment, treatments and services necessary to save and improve kids’ lives.”
The 2016-17 Champions program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Ace Hardware. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Champions program, where a child from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico is selected to highlight the great work and tremendous needs of children’s hospitals. In honor of the program’s milestone year, 1996 Champion alumnus, best-selling author and Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist will return to address the new class of Champions. Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, the national goodwill ambassador for CMN Hospitals, will also accompany the Champions and participate in media opportunities.
The 2016-17 Champions will reunite in March 2017 for the second half of their Ambassador Tour in Orlando, Fla., at CMN Hospitals’ annual Momentum event, where the charity’s 170 hospital members gather with corporate and media partners. Through additional speaking engagements, appearances and media interviews, the Champions will complete their year of service by thanking and inspiring those who support the children’s hospitals they depend on.
To learn more about our state Champion, and for a brief video of last year’s Ambassador Tour, visit CMNHospitals.org/Champions. Watch for and use hashtag #ChampionsForKids for Champions updates.
About The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 105-bed facility that serves as the only Children’s Hospital in Northwest Florida. Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to a network of pediatric specialists and an outpatient center in partnership with Nemours Children’s Clinic. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit online at www.sacred-heart.org/childrenshospital.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals. About Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 337 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bvlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and MoxyHotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 54 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
About Chico's FAS, Inc.
The Company, through its brands, Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma, is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Chico’s FAS, Inc. currently operates more than 1,500 boutiques and outlets across North America, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands. Each brand publishes a monthly catalog and offers online shopping at www.chicos.com, www.whbm.com and www.soma.com.
About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2016, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Ten Years in a Row," according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.
Waste Management offers road safety tips for preventing injuries around residential service vehicles.
With summer and school vacations quickly approaching, Waste Management of Pensacola asks parents to take a minute to speak with their children about safety around garbage and recycling trucks while playing outside.
“Our drivers enjoy meeting and talking to our customers when they’re out on their routes, but we ask that everyone greet them from a safe distance like from a porch or the front yard,” said Tony Franco, Waste Management Gulf Coast area safety manager. “Children can be curious about our trucks, and even though it may seem like our trucks are stopped, they have a lot of moving parts that at any point could begin moving again. Safety is one of our core values and keeping our customers and drivers safe is job number one.”
Waste Management provides these tips to be safe
around service vehicles:
· Make sure you and your children know when service vehicles are in the area. Garbage trucks, recycling vehicles, postal vehicles and other package delivery services keep regular schedules within each neighborhood.
· It takes service vehicles about twice as long to stop as a passenger car, so you should never cut in front of or stop suddenly in front of one. Always keep a proper cushion space between you and a truck.
· Vehicles like Waste Management trucks make frequent stops and often back up, so let your children know not to follow the truck closely on a bike, skateboard or skates.
· Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. Whether you are walking or driving near one of our trucks, if you hear this sound or see the white back-up lights, be sure to move out of the way of the truck.
· Keep your children and pets at a safe distance from the truck. Never get near or climb on the truck. Do not play or stand in or around trash bins or cans, since you may not know when the truck is coming to empty them.
· Do not attempt or allow children to help with loading any garbage into the truck. In addition to moving truck parts, debris can come out of the truck when its contents are being compressed.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
The parents of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, prompting the killing of the endangered animal in order to rescue the child, are the target of an investigation into the incident, police said on Tuesday.
Investigators are focusing their attention on the actions of the parents and family that led up to the incident over the weekend and not the operation or safety of the Cincinnati Zoo, where officials fatally shot Harambe, a 450-pound (200-kg) gorilla, the Cincinnati Police Department said a statement.
"We are closely reviewing the facts of the case," the department said in a Tweet.
Cincinnati police are taking a second look at possible criminal charges in the incident after initially saying no one was charged.
"Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a statement.
Police on Tuesday also verified the age of the child to be 3 years old. Earlier reports said the boy was 4 years old.
Witnesses said the child had expressed a desire to get into the enclosure and climbed over a 3-foot (1-meter) barrier, falling 15 feet (4.6 m) into a moat. Zookeepers took down the 17-year-old the Western lowland silverback after he violently dragged and tossed the child, officials said.
Mounting outrage over Saturday's killing of the endangered species sparked criticism of both the zoo and the child's parents. Online petitions at change.org drew more than 500,000 signatures demanding "Justice for Harambe."
The death of the gorilla also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group is seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000.
The group said in its complaint letter that the child's ability to get past the barrier was proof the zoo was negligent and should be fined for a "clear and fatal violation of the Animal Welfare Act."
The boy's mother said on Facebook that the boy suffered a concussion and scrapes but was otherwise fine.
Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, on Monday stood by the decision to shoot Harambe, saying he was not simply endangering the child but actually hurting him.
Zoo officials were not immediately available for comment on either the negligence complaint or the police investigation but said on Monday the exhibit was safe and exceeded required protocols.
The Gorilla World exhibit has been closed since the incident and will reopen on Saturday.
Looking at the incident through Harambe's eyes, his former caretaker, Jerry Stones, said that the breach of his habitat was likely confusing.
"Here is this animal that has this strange thing in his house," Stones said on CNN. "He knew what adult people were but he'd never been around children. It smells similar, it looks similar but 'What is it? Do I play with it? Am I supposed to be afraid of it? What do I do?'"
Even Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump jumped into the fray at a news conference, saying, "The way he held that child, it was almost like a mother holding a baby ... It was so beautiful to watch that powerful, almost 500-pound gorilla, the way he dealt with that little boy. But it just takes one second ... one little flick of his finger."
In the wild, adult male silverbacks such as Harambe are leaders of groups of gorillas known as troops. They develop the silver patch on their coats as they mature.
(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Gina Cherelus in New York, Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Bill Trott and Michael Perry)
Program brings free and fun hands-on STEM learning to area elementary students
This summer, the Pensacola MESS Hall is presenting GSK Science in the SummerTM at West Florida Public Libraries! GSK Science in the SummerTM is a free science education program that is sponsored by GSK and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in partnership with select museums and science centers.
In 2016, GSK Science in the SummerTM is celebrating its 30th anniversary by expanding to 20 sites across the nation. This year, students will learn about electricity and magnetism through exciting, hands-on activities and experiments like building an electrical circuit and observing the affects of magnets on different materials.
Programs begin the week of June 6. Participants attend a one hour workshop each week for four weeks. Preregistration is required.
For more information, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/visit/programs-camps/gsk-science-in-the-summer or www.scienceinthesummer.com.
The Pensacola MESS Hall is a hands on science museum located in downtown Pensacola. Visitors enjoy exploring math, engineering, science, and stuff with an ever-changing menu of mess kits, activities and exhibits. In addition, the MESS Hall offers summer camps and special programs. For more information, about the MESS Hall, visit pensacolamesshall.org.
AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, and engineering for the benefit of all people. For further information, please visit www.aaas.org/.
GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS, or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).
For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit gskscienceeducation.com.
Jimmy Buffett Kicks Off Summer at The Wharf This Memorial Day Weekend
By: Kelly Woodard
Local Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak up the Jimmy Buffett experience, as the man that brought us Margaritaville, cheeseburgers in paradise, and the idea that it’s five o’clock somewhere, brings his “I Don’t Know” tour to the Amphitheater at the Wharf on Orange Beach for one night only on Tuesday, May 31st at 8 pm.
“We are so happy to welcome Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band back to the beach! This concert is always one of the best parties of the summer and the Parrotheads from all over the Gulf Coast come out to celebrate,” said Art Favre, Owner of The Wharf. “Fans won’t want to miss this great concert – it’s always a night to remember!”
Known for his laid-back, island lifestyle-promoting music and his many additional business ventures outside of music, including the Margaritaville restaurants, as a partner in Budweiser’s Landshark Lager line of beer, and writing several novels and children’s books, Buffett is one of the highest grossing tour acts of all time.
Parrotheads, the name for Buffett’s fan club members, have already given the “Fins Up” for the first ever floating Margaritaville Restaurant and “5 O'Clock Somewhere” Bar aboard the all new Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape. It’s based in Miami and sails the Caribbean Sea.
Meanwhile, back on land, Margaritaville the Musical is gearing up to make its debut with a world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May 2017. It will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the best Buffett classics.
In fact, the most beloved of Buffett’s classics, “Margaritaville” was just inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.
Tickets for the May 31st concert are on sale now, and are available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $44.50 - $124.50. Ticket prices subject to applicable fees.
For more information, visit www.alwharf.com.