Event Alert: Raising Money for Preemies, Celebration of Miracles November 4

Funds raised help families spend time with their babies so they recover more quickly and go home sooner

Friday, August 18, 2017 — WHAT: Celebration of Miracles, dinner, wine tasting, casino night, live and silent auction

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Natoma Inn, in the Historic District of Folsom, Calif. (702 Gold Lake Dr.)

WHY:  Friends of NICU raises funds to help families with sick and premature babies in the NICUs at Mercy and Sutter hospitals.

HOSTED BY: Friends of NICU (friendsofnicu.org) is a charitable organization dedicated to helping the families of sick and premature babies in Sacramento hospitals.



Elanie and Tim Purkis founded Friends of NICU in 2007 after having twins who spent many weeks in the Mercy San Juan NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) the previous year. “We felt so strongly about the highly skilled and loving care for our babies that we decided to give back and pass along the goodwill to other families,” said Tim Purkis.  “Our goal for our 8th edition of the Celebration of Miracles remains the same: to give gas cards to families in need so they can spend more time with their sick babies in Sacramento area NICUs.”

Christian DeWild provides musical entertainment before dinner and after dinner, Dueling Pianos perform. The evening also includes tasting of award winning wines, a silent auction and a live auction. To purchase tickets ($75 per person) or to inquire about purchasing a table at the event, for information on corporate sponsorship or private donations, contact Elanie Purkis at purkis@friendsofnicu.org or 916.276.0373.

Friends of NICU (FriendsOfNICU.org) is a 501-c-3 organization that is run entirely by volunteers. All contributions go directly to support families and their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Mercy hospitals and Sutter hospitals in the Sacramento Area. 




Elanie and Tim Purkis (3rd and 4th from left) stand next to a family who stayed in the FON motor home while their baby was in the Mercy San Juan Hospital NICU.