Bloom donation funds keep families connected with sick newborns

Bloom Foundation directors Tina Searcy (third from right, standing, and Amy Novakovski (second from right), along with their kids Dutch Novakovski and Charley Searcy (both of whom spent time in the Royal University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) shortly after they were born), present a cheque in the amount of $56,100 to the staff of the NICU on Wednesday, June 28

A donation of $56,100 to the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will help keep parents connected with their newborns receiving treatment at the facility.
The donation from the Bloom Foundation will be used to purchase specialized web cameras for several incubators in the 38-bed unit for gravely-ill premature and newborn babies. Parents of the newborns will be able to access live-stream images from the cameras through a privacy-protected phone app. The ‘Nicview’ cameras are designed to allow parents to monitor their babies, even when they’re not physically present at the hospital.
The NICU has already purchased ten of the Nicview cameras using funds from previous Bloom donations. The ten wireless cameras are slated to be installed in late July, and operational sometime in August, according to NICU Manager Adele Riehl. Continue reading “Bloom donation funds keep families connected with sick newborns”

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”

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