Program exceeds first year goal: reaches $275,000
The first year of the Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House came to an end on Sunday, July 31, 2011. The goal was to raise $250,000 in year one. Several last minute donations pushed the results over the top allowing the Sens Foundation to meet their ongoing commitments to the House which celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2011. Some donors have asked that their funds be used for specific needs at the House including purchasing new cribs, supporting the administrative resident program, funding care of children from west Quebec and renovating the basement.
Other donors have directed the funds towards where the needs are most great which helps to cover the 30 per cent of operating funds that the Sens Foundation is committed to providing to the House on an annual basis.
(pictured above: Chris Neil with supporters Kevin Frost and Christine Simard)
Chris & Caitlin Neil named new honorary chairs of Roger's House
The Sens Foundation and Roger’s House named Senators forward Chris Neil and his wife, Caitlin, new honorary chairs of Roger’s House.
“We’re honoured to be associated with Rogers House, said Senators forward Chris Neil. “This facility is such an important part of our community for so many children and families, and as parents, Caitlin and I are excited to help out in any way we can.
As co-honorary chairs, the Neils will help promote awareness and fundraising for the facility, which relies on the Sens Foundation. They will take over from outgoing honorary chair and former Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher, who was named to the position in 2004 when the house was being constructed.
Zoey passes away
Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House is based on a quote provided by two mothers who had two children using the services of Roger’s House. Zoey Lumley-Pfeil passed away on the morning of June 9, 2011 in the loving arms of one of her favourite nurses at Roger’s House. Ten days later, her mother Melissa spoke to hundreds of participants at the annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll and Run to praise the ongoing support that Zoey and her family had and continues to receive from Roger’s House.
Click below to see Melissa Lumley-Pfeil's speech from Walk, Roll & Run:
Click below to see Zoey and Oliver’s story
Jeff and Joann Birmingham, along with their two sons, were invited by Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House honourary chair Mike Fisher to meet after the Jan. 8 game against the Lighting. Mike wanted to thank the Birminghams for their generous support of the program. The Birminghams, who are all die-hard Sens fans, have made a three-year commitment to Roger’s House which will help re-establish the Administrative Resident program. Mike and Carrie Fisher, along with the Birminghams, have provided lead gifts to the program located on the grounds of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Admin Resident program reinstated
MBA candidate Abeer Fatima, the current Administrative Resident at Roger’s House, and Executive Director Lloyd Cowin met with Joann and Jeff Birmingham recently to bring the couple up to speed on all of the interesting projects with which Abeer is involved.
The Birminghams have pledged their support to the Dancing in the Rain for Roger’s House gift campaign allowing the Roger’s House board to reinstate the important program which brings either an MBA or MHA student to the House three times a year for a four month placement. Cowin couldn’t thank the Joann and Jeff enough as he told them about advocacy work, tracking tools, and 5th anniversary event planning that Abeer has been doing as part of her placement.