Newborns given chance to ‘Bloom’ at NICU

Tina Searcy (left) and Amy Novakovski talked about their sixth annual “Bloom: An Evening of Love” fundraiser for the NICU as the room at the Travelodge filled up on May 13

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Amy Novakovski and Tina Searcy are two of those people who found themselves depending on the NICU at a critical time. Each has a small graduate of NICU who is now about five or six years old.

Gratitude is a powerful motivator and these women channeled theirs into the successful and growing fundraiser, “Bloom: an Evening of Love.” This year’s dinner was hosted by Julie Mintenko of Global News and took place May 13 at the Travelodge Hotel. It’s a gala evening with a lot going for it – Continue reading “Newborns given chance to ‘Bloom’ at NICU”

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Bloom fundraiser spreads love for NICU

A rendering of the NICU in the new Children’s Hospital. (Photo: Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan)

“Bloom: An Evening of Love celebrates the exceptional care offered at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal University Hospital, and helps ensure that care can continue. The annual event is in its’ sixth year.

“NICU helps the tiniest little warriors that are born,” said Amy Novakovski, co- director for the event along with Tina Searcy. Both women have channeled their NICU experience into the fundraiser. Novakovski says the important work of NICU can be overlooked and it is their desire to draw attention to it and generate support.

The 2017 celebration has notched up the entertainment side of things with the addition of music by Bruin. Mentalist Curtis Strauss is back with some sleight of hand and more. There’s both a silent auction and a live auction, which will be conducted by Tim Palmer and his crew. Julie Mintenko from Global News is hosting the event.

“There’s also some pretty exciting prizes in the works! It will definitely be another year to remember,” said Novakovski.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about NICU and hear from those who have benefited from its care, including Searcy and Novakovski. “Some people don’t necessarily understand what kind of care is provided at NICU and we’ve found the more we talk about Bloom, the more people are touched by NICU in one way or another.”

Bloom has sold out each year, so it’s a good idea to get tickets early. Early Bird tickets will be available March 1. Those who purchase tickets in the month of March will be entered to win a sparkle ball earring and pendant set from Hillberg & Berk. “We’d love to get as many people as possible to come out and share this evening of love,” said Novakovski.

The evening also remembers that not everyone gets to bring their baby home. “We remember those little warriors that gained their angel wings.”

“Bloom: An Evening of Love” takes place May 13 at the Travelodge in Saskatoon. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner. For tickets, visit

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‘Magical’ Princess Gala to raise funds for NICU

A tiny infant receives expert care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Photo: Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan)

It’s being called ‘An elegant evening of magic’ and it’s all about the kids. Not just princesses; princes are welcome too. The First Annual Crossmount Princess Gala is a fundraiser with a lot of fun packed into it. It’s all happening at the new aging-in-place community of Crossmount Village, a short hop south of the city. The innovative community offers a range of events throughout the year.

Funds raised will be directed toward the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

“Excitement is high for this fun fairytale event that will simultaneously help Saskatchewan’s tiniest patients!” says Jessica Kletke, Marketing and Business Development Director at Crossmount. “We’re raising money for a good cause while hosting a great event for kids to truly enjoy.”

The NICU is a cause that is close to Kletke’s heart. “I had my baby a month early so he had to spend just over a week in the NICU,” she says. Her son was coming along, but his lungs were being monitored.

A family member of Kletke’s gave birth to a 500-gram infant. “She’s a perfectly normal six-year-old now,” said Kletke. “The NICU has the advanced technology and equipment to help these kids survive. They’re in excellent hands.”

A ticket to the Princess Gala admits one child and one accompanying adult. The fun includes story telling with Belle, singing with Anna and Elsa, fairy-tale crafts and activities with Aurora, Ariel and Rapunzel. There will be a photo booth, dinner and a dance with a DJ.

Following the child-friendly buffet which includes princess cupcakes, a Miracle Child will talk about her experience with the NICU and her story of survival. Then Prince Charming will take the floor and lead the first dance. The photo booth and other activities will continue throughout the evening.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their ‘princess best,’ and sightings of little princes in tuxedos are welcome. “There’s nothing better than a princess ball!” says Kletke. All the kids will get a little take-home gift bag as they leave.

The Princess Gala takes place February 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s goal is to raise over $5,000. Tickets are available through The Glen at Crossmount. Those tickets will be entered in prize draws, including a Grand Prize draw for two WestJet tickets to anywhere the airline flies.

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