Foundation Focus masthead 2012 
News for Foundation Friends and Family
In This Issue
Hyundai Hope On Wheels Announced as Title Sponsor of MCH5K
Miami Marlins Go Bald, Brave, Beautiful
Medina Family Foundation Donates $100,000 to MCH Foundation
MCH Receives iPad Donation
Walters Legacy Society
Artist Paints with Camp DMC
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Corner

MCHF new logo


Seeking Volunteers 

 Miami Children's Hospital Foundation is actively seeking motivated individuals who would like to make a difference in a child's life.
You can help raise funds and awareness for Miami Children's by assisting in a variety of ways, including participating in our year-round events, supporting our toy drives or helping out with daily office tasks.
For information on how to become a volunteer at Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, contact Janin Morales at 786.268.1833 or



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Upcoming Events


Open House Summer 68'

Saturday, Aug. 18

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Miracle Jeans Day

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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Extra-Life Marathon

Saturday, Oct. 20

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2012 Upcoming Signature Events  



Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2nd Annual Miami Children's Hospital 5K Presented by TotalBank
Saturday, Sept. 29
Coral Gables City Hall
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2012 Diamond Ball

Saturday, Oct. 27 

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
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Gentlemen's Night Out

Thursday, Nov. 29

Magic City Casino

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A Special Thank You to Those Who Dedicate Their Time and Treasure to Supports us in a Variety of Ways

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Wine, Women & Shoes 


Corporate Golf Invitational 

Hugs & Kisses Children's Fashion Show


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August 2012 

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Announced as Title Sponsor of Miami Children's Hospital 5K Run/Walk Presented by TotalBank

MCH5K 2012 HyundaiWe are excited to announce that Hyundai Hope On Wheels has joined as the Title Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Miami Children's Hospital 5K presented by TotalBank (MCH5K).


The announcement was made at the MCH5K Corporate Kickoff which was held at Tarpon Bend on the Miracle Mile.


The Hyundai Hope On Wheels 2nd Annual MCH5K presented by TotalBank will be held in Coral Gables on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. The event will start and finish at Coral Gables City Hall (405 Biltmore Way) and will once again take participants through the picturesque Granada Golf Course.


MCH5K Corp Kickoff
Ricardo Marquez Tortoriello, Eulen America; Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, President & CEO, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation; Ricky Patel, Farrell & Patel Law Firm; Wayne Eldred, General Manager, Tarpon Bend

"Hyundai Hope On Wheels is extremely excited to join efforts with Miami Children's Hospital to raise awareness and funds in the fight against pediatric cancer," said Scott Fink, dealer owner of Hyundai New Port Richey and board member of Hyundai Hope On Wheels. "This important event offers the opportunity to come together as a community in support of pediatric cancer research that will have a direct impact on Miami-area children and families facing this disease."


Michael Baiamonte, Voice of the Miami Heat, is scheduled to serve as Master of Ceremonies.


The MCH5K is open to runners and walkers of all levels. Individuals and teams are invited to participate and fundraise to support the children and families at Miami Children's Hospital. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising teams. 


Click here to register and create your fundraising team. Prizes will be awarded to the largest and top fundraising teams.


Please contact Karen Araque at or 786.624.2826.

Miami Marlins Go Bald, Brave, Beautiful™ to Help Raise Funds for Miami Children's Hospital Cancer Patients


Miami Marlins players, executives and fans stepped up in July to raise funds and awareness for the Miami Children's Hospital Cancer Center. Left Fielder Logan Morrison, who visited the children at the hospital, convinced several of his teammates, Marlins President David Samson, Marlins Foundation President Alfredo Mesa and fans to shave their heads before a recent game to support the Bald, Brave, Beautiful™ project at Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. Most importantly, more than 30 MCH cancer patients from Camp United Order True Sisters (U.O.T.S.) were on hand to see that being bald represents strength and beauty.

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Alberto Hernandez, 8, rubs heads with newly shaved Marlins President David Samson


Marlins Charity Weekend benefited Miami Children's Hospital and several MCH physicians including Drs. Trevor Resnick and Guillermo DeAngulo were interviewed on the television broadcasts. Additionally, Dr. Athena Pefkarou was presented with the State Farm Go to Bat Award for her work on behalf of cancer patients and Dr. Steven Swirsky threw out the first pitch at one the games.


Please click here to view an inspirational story that aired on WSVN and click here for the article and video on the Marlins web site. You can support the Bald, Brave, Beautiful™ project by donating online (select the Bald, Brave, Beautiful™ fund).

Medina Family Foundation Donates $100,000 to MCH Foundation

Medina Family FoundationThe Medina Family Foundation was recently created to facilitate philanthropic efforts and give back in a meaningful way. To further its vision of strengthening the South Florida community by supporting organizations that support children, the Foundation has graciously donated $100,000 to Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.

MCH Receives Anonymous Donation of 10 New iPads

Medical experts at Miami Children's Hospital believe that electronic devices such as iPads can be used to help distract patients from pain and assist with their recovery from various operations and treatments.


Due to the powerful effects technology can have on one's emotions and state-of-mind, it can help in the process of healing.


When Dr. Chad Perlyn, Co-chair of Miami Children's Young Ambassadors shared this information with the group of young business and community leaders, it took no more than a few days until Miami Children's received an anonymous donation of 10 new iPads.


Today, patients are able to use the iPads  in the recovery room thanks to a very generous donor.


You too can make a difference by donating pre-approved electronics. Please contact Karen Araque at or 786.624.2826 to learn more.

Become a member of Walters Legacy Society

Ambassador Walters
Following the tragic loss of his six-year-old granddaughter Shannon from leukemia, Ambassador David M. Walters vowed that no child would ever have to leave Florida to receive world-class healthcare. In 1982, Ambassador Walters founded Miami Children's Hospital Foundation to meet that pledge. With the generous support of a caring community, Ambassador Walters devoted his life to raising the funds needed to make Miami Children's Hospital a world class children's hospital. Miami Children's Hospital Foundation continues Ambassador Walters' dream of supporting a world-class pediatric medical facility through its fundraising efforts.


Leave your legacy and help us keep Ambassador Walters' dream alive by becoming a member of Walters Legacy Society and including Miami Children's Hospital Foundation in your estate planning. You and your family will be forever recognized for your commitment and generosity to the children and families at Miami Children's Hospital. For more information please contact George Cruz, Director of Planned Giving, at or 786.624.2898. 

Artist Paints with Camp DMC

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Artist Maria Reyes Laughlin paints with David

Artist Maria Reyes Laughlin was ecstatic to share her passion for art by painting puzzle pieces with several children at
Miami Children's Hospital's Camp DMC. She is planning to incorporate these pieces into a painting to be displayed at the Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center in Weston.


"I discovered a few future artists, many new friends, and even a Vampire Princess," said Laughlin. "This was a truly amazing experience. Thank you to Miami Children's Hospital's Dan Marino Center for this opportunity."


Camp DMC is summer program hosted at Miami Children's Hospital's Dan Marino Center that features a fun-filled, educational and therapeutic curriculum while enhancing each child's academic skills, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills and social interactions.


For more information on how you can support Miami Children's Hospital's various camps, please call 305.666.2889.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals� Corner

Miracle Jeans Day - Wednesday, September 12


As part of a national campaign, this is a great opportunity for your company's employees to team up and support pediatric care as a group.  With a minimum donation of $5 per participant they can go "casual for kids" by wearing jeans on September 12, 2012 or any other day of your choice.  Already wear jeans to work?  Then make it "hat day" or "flip-flop day!"

Funds raised in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties through the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program benefit Miami Children's Hospital.

To sign up or for more information regarding this event please contact Silvia Fernandez at 786.268.1831 or You may also sign up online at



Walmart & Sams Club Miracle Balloon Campaign
Walmart & Sam's Clubs hosted their six-week campaign and raised nearly $285,000 for Miami Children's Hospital, representing a 55 percent increase from last year! Thank you to the market managers, store managers and the thousands of associates and customers that made this year's campaign the most successful to date!

Sedano's Supermarkets


In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Sedano's Supermarkets partnered with Crossmark and the BankAtlantic Center for a consumer promotion and donated $10,000 to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program at Miami Children's Hospital. 
RE/MAX - Year-round Campaign
Since 1992, RE/MAX has been a national Children's Miracle Network Hospitals partner. Participating RE/MAX agents in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties will make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for each closed transaction.
Extra Life- Saturday, October 20
What better way to spend a Saturday than playing video games and helping children! Ask friends and family to sponsor you for as little as $1 per hour (total of $24) in the Extra-Life Marathon. Click here to register. Make sure you select Miami Children's Hospital from the drop-down menu. For more information, please contact Nanette Molina at 786.624.2849 or



Miracle Treat Day
Twenty-two South Florida Dairy Queen locations participated in Miracle Treat Day this year by donating a portion of every Blizzard sale.  Thank you to our local Dairy Queen locations for partnering with us for this one-day campaign.


Chevron hosted a month-long miracle balloon campaign in South Florida and raised funds for MCH Foundation.



Miracle Balloon Campaigns

This year Miami Children's Hospital is celebrating its 27th year as your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. Locally, many of these funds are raised by selling paper icons known as Miracle Balloons. If you or your company is interested in participating in the Miracle Balloon Campaign, please contact Silvia Fernandez at or 786.268.1831 or click here for more information. Remember every dollar helps our children!



Current and Upcoming Promotions

Be sure to stop by our corporate partners' locations and support the CMN Hospitals program at Miami Children's Hospital


HMS Host at Miami International Airport Canister Program


Tom Thumb Food Stores Canister Program