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Mark it in your cal­en­dars! The 7th Annual Ben­e­fit is set for Fri­day, May 2, 2014, at the Royal Park Hotel. We will have live music, din­ner, and danc­ing. Ticket details com­ing soon — watch this space!. Thank you so much to our com­mit­tee, donors and spon­sors for help­ing us make this event a success!

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May14

Charlotte’s Wings Step and Repeat Pictures now available for purchase!

Don’t for­get that if you had your pic­ture taken by Edward John Pho­tog­ra­phy on the ‘Step and Repeat’ at our 7th Annual Ben­e­fit on May 2nd, you can pur­chase an 8x10 copy of your pic­ture via the below link to the Edward John web­site. This is avail­able for a lim­ited time only (until the end of May), so you only have a few more days!!!! 50% of the prof­its of your pur­chase goes to CW! Thanks so much!

http://www.edwardjohnphotography.com/wings/

 

May13

7th Annual Benefit Video from Jumping With My Fingers Crossed

Thanks to Angela Young­blood from Jump­ing with my Fin­gers Crossed for bring­ing to life our mis­sion so vividly through this video, pro­duced espe­cially for our 7th Annual Ben­e­fit. We think it does a per­fect job of bring­ing to life who we are and why a hum­ble book can be so important.

Charlotte’s Wings 2014 from Jump­ing With My Fin­gers Crossed on Vimeo.

May13

Pictures from Our 7th Annual Benefit

Thanks to Edward John Pho­tog­ra­phy for these won­der­ful pic­tures of our 7th Annual Ben­e­fit, held on Fri­day May 2nd 2014 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

Click here to look at the slide show.

May08

PRESS RELEASECHARLOTTE’S WINGS 7th ANNUAL BENEFIT A HUGE SUCCESS!

Well in excess of 600 peo­ple gath­ered Fri­day night at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester for Charlotte’s Wings’ 7th Annual Benefit.

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The Charlotte’s Wings Board Team

The event fea­tured an amaz­ing array of silent auc­tion prizes – every­thing from trips to the Caribbean to an evening in ‘Home Plate Suite’ at Com­er­ica Park, a tour of the Chan­nel 7 news­room cour­tesy of News Anchor, Vic Faust or a limo-chauffeured pub crawl through down­town Rochester. Guests also enjoyed the Royal Park Hotel’s deli­cious din­ner menu, had their pic­tures taken by Edward John Pho­tog­ra­phy in the Charlotte’s Wings ‘Step and Repeat’ and danced the night away to local band, LoveSick. An espe­cially pop­u­lar choice at the bar was the Charlotte’s Wings sig­na­ture cock­tail, the ‘Booka­tini’, which returned for its fourth year at the event. Local media per­son­al­i­ties Jamie Samuelsen and Christy McDon­ald per­formed as Mas­ter and Mis­tress of Cer­e­monies for the evening.

This is the 7th Annual Ben­e­fit for Charlotte’s Wings and the fifth to be held at the Royal Park Hotel. The non-profit was founded in March of 2008, in mem­ory of a local infant girl, Char­lotte, who died at just 5 months old of a rare degen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease. In lieu of bap­tism gifts, her par­ents made a large dona­tion of books to the pedi­atric unit at Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal, Royal Oak, MI. Charlotte’s Wings was founded to con­tinue and expand this ini­tia­tive – donat­ing books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and hos­pice care across the whole of Michi­gan. To date they have donated over 32,000 to pedi­atric units in hos­pi­tals and hos­pices and founded 4 pedi­atric ref­er­ence libraries across the state.

The 7th Annual Ben­e­fit on Sat­ur­day night raised $83,000 to fur­ther their mis­sion – a hugely suc­cess­ful result for the Charlotte’s Wings team. Says Jen­nifer Buck, Charlotte’s Wings founder and chair, “The ongo­ing gen­eros­ity of our sup­port­ers will allow us to con­tinue to expand the scope and quan­tity of the projects that we are able to take on. We are so grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity of our sup­port­ers and so excited to think of all of the young lives through­out Michi­gan that we are able to pos­i­tively impact as a result”.

To find out more about Charlotte’s Wings and the work they do go to www.charlottes-wings.com or look them up on Facebook.

Attached pic­ture shows the Charlotte’s Wings board team at the 7th Annual Ben­e­fit. From Left to right: Joanne Tar­ling, Jen­nifer Buck, Brian Etzel, Janelle Napoli­tano, Karen Holt. Taken Fri­day May 2nd 2014 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

Apr01

CHARLOTTE’S WINGS ANNOUNCES THEIR 7TH ANNUAL BENEFIT

Charlotte’s Wings is delighted to announce its 7th Annual Ben­e­fit, to be held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester on Friday,

Charlotte’s Wings Founders (L to R) Joanne Tarling and Jennifer Buck at the Charlotte’s Wings 6th Annual Benefit in 2013.

Charlotte’s Wings Founders (L to R) Joanne Tar­ling and Jen­nifer Buck at the Charlotte’s Wings 6th Annual Ben­e­fit in 2013.

May 2nd, 2014 at 6.30pm.

Charlotte’s Wings is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion based in Rochester Hills, which was founded in March 2008. It was founded in mem­ory of a local infant girl, Char­lotte, who died at just 5 months of age of a rare degen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease. In lieu of bap­tism gifts, her par­ents made a large dona­tion of books to the pedi­atric unit at Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal, Royal Oak. Charlotte’s Wings was founded to con­tinue and expand this ini­tia­tive – donat­ing books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and hos­pice care in Michi­gan. To date they have donated over 30,000 to Michi­gan hos­pi­tals and hos­pices. Through this endeavor, they aim to pro­vide hope and smiles dur­ing trau­matic times.

On May 2nd, join Charlotte’s Wings at their 7th Annual Ben­e­fit for a fab­u­lous evening of din­ing, enter­tain­ment and an amaz­ing silent auc­tion. New this year, Charlotte’s Wings brings a touch of Hol­ly­wood red car­pet glamor to the event with the intro­duc­tion of the Charlotte’s Wings‘Step and Repeat’. Here, guests can have a pro­fes­sional pic­ture taken of them­selves and their party, with the option to later pur­chase a copy, with a per­cent­age of pur­chase price ben­e­fit­ing Charlotte’s Wings. Plus, live music from local band, LoveSick, and the return of Charlotte’s Wings sig­na­ture cock­tail, the Booka­tini! All this to ben­e­fit Charlotte’s Wings mis­sion of donat­ing books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and hos­pice care in Michi­gan. Tick­ets are $75 each. For more infor­ma­tion visit www.charlottes-wings.com.

Mar23

Barnes and Noble Rochester Hills Bookfair Fundraiser Event to benefit Charlotte’s Wings

From Oak­land County Moms:

Local non-profit Charlotte’s Wings located in Rochester Hills, Oak­land Uni­ver­si­ties Pre-Medical Soci­ety, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Barnes & Noble on South Rochester Road have joined forces to pro­vide books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tals and hos­pice facil­i­ties through­out Michigan.

By giv­ing books, Charlotte’s Wings endeav­ors to bring sick chil­dren a smile, a dream, or an escape from an unfor­tu­nate real­ity. Whether a child is fac­ing some­thing as benign as ton­sil­li­tis or as severe as a ter­mi­nal dis­ease, a book can pro­vide encour­age­ment and com­fort to a sick child dur­ing a chal­leng­ing and fright­en­ing period. For more infor­ma­tion about Charlotte’s Wings and the work they do, visit them online at www.charlottes-wings.com.

Barnes and Noble kicks off the book­fair on Fri­day, March 21, 2014 at the Rochester Hills store located at 2800 South Rochester Road. You can aid in giv­ing the gift of com­fort by par­tic­i­pat­ing with the Barnes & Noble book­fair by pur­chas­ing a new book and donat­ing it to Charlotte’s Wings or pur­chase some­thing for your­self, includ­ing books, café and music/dvd pur­chases, and a por­tion of the pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit their orga­ni­za­tion; just make sure to tell your cashier that you want to sup­port Charlotte’s Wings with your purchase!

The evening will include a used book buy back event from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Barnes & Noble will eval­u­ate books in good con­di­tion. At 4:00 PM, cus­tomers will receive a num­ber cor­re­spond­ing to their place in line. The num­ber of books per cus­tomer should not exceed 50. Vouch­ers must be used on the same day. Cus­tomers are encour­aged to pur­chase a book for Charlotte’s Wings with their vouch­ers, how­ever, a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from titles bought for per­sonal use will also go to Charlotte’s Wings.

Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills invites all ages to par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity events dur­ing the Charlotte’s Wings book fair on Fri­day, March 21st. Reg­is­ter to win a fam­ily four-pack of tick­ets to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Fisher The­atre on Wednes­day, March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm. A spe­cial Princess Story Time, hosted by a real Princess, will be held begin­ning at 7:00 pm in the spe­cial events space. Our fea­tured story is none other than Beauty and the Beast! We encour­age chil­dren of all ages to join us for this story time.

The Pre-Medical Soci­ety at Oak­land Uni­ver­sity is a stu­dent led orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing stu­dents become future physi­cians. The club strives to pre­pare OU stu­dents to do great things in the future, but they also want to make a last­ing impres­sion through ser­vice projects in the greater Rochester com­mu­nity now. The Pre-Medical Soci­ety is host­ing a new Book Drive on the Oak­land Uni­ver­sity cam­pus dur­ing the entire month of March to ben­e­fit Charlotte’s Wings. Book col­lec­tion boxes are sta­tioned in var­i­ous loca­tions on the OU cam­pus includ­ing the Oak­land Cen­ter, hous­ing build­ings, and at the Biol­ogy, Chem­istry, and Engi­neer­ing depart­ment offices. Any ques­tions about col­lect­ing books at Oak­land Uni­ver­sity please con­tact Pre-Medical Soci­ety Pres­i­dent, Alli­son Hall­man, at ahhallma@oakland.edu.

Nov25

BARNES & NOBLE SAGINAW HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF CHARLOTTE’S WINGS

Jason Buck of Charlotte’s Wings reading the classic tale ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ at a story time session at Barnes & Noble Saginaw on November 22nd.

Jason Buck of Charlotte’s Wings read­ing the clas­sic tale ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ at a story time ses­sion at Barnes & Noble Sag­i­naw on Novem­ber 22nd.

If you are look­ing for an oppor­tu­nity to spread a lit­tle extra hol­i­day cheer this year, look no fur­ther than Barnes & Noble Sag­i­naw and their hol­i­day book drive which is cur­rently under­way in sup­port of Charlotte’s Wings. Charlotte’s Wings is a Michigan-based non-profit — their mis­sion is to donate books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tals and hos­pice facil­i­ties through­out the state. Barnes & Noble Sag­i­naw will be offer­ing their cus­tomers cus­tomers the oppor­tu­nity to pur­chase an addi­tional children’s book to donate to Charlotte’s Wings through­out the hol­i­day season.

Jen­nifer Buck, Chair of Charlotte’s Wings says, “Charlotte’s Wings is very excited about the oppor­tu­nity to work with staff and cus­tomers of Barnes & Noble Sag­i­naw this hol­i­day sea­son. We know the chil­dren in the care of Michigan’s hos­pi­tals and hos­pices this hol­i­day sea­son will be so grate­ful for the books that this book drive will allow us to donate.”

Charlotte’s Wings was founded in March 2008 in Rochester, MI. The non-profit was founded in mem­ory of a local infant girl, Char­lotte, who died at just 5 months old of a rare degen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease. In lieu of bap­tism gifts, her fam­ily and friends made a large dona­tion of books to the Pedi­atric Unit at Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal, Royal Oak, MI. Charlotte’s Wings was founded to con­tinue and expand this ini­tia­tive – donat­ing books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and hos­pice care through­out Michigan.

The children’s books Charlotte’s Wings donates serve a vari­ety of pur­poses for their part­ner hos­pi­tals and hos­pices. Some books are purely recre­ational, designed to pro­vide the child with a lit­tle wel­come dis­trac­tion and com­fort dur­ing an unset­tling hos­pi­tal stay. Oth­ers play a more edu­ca­tional and con­sul­ta­tive role – such as sup­port­ing patients, par­ents and sib­lings through a life-altering diag­no­sis or being used in a pedi­atric dia­betes or eat­ing dis­or­der clinic. To date, Charlotte’s Wings has donated over 27,000 books to chil­dren in Michi­gan hos­pi­tals and hos­pices and founded four Pedi­atric Ref­er­ence Libraries across the state.

Barnes & Noble Sag­i­naw began the book drive on Novem­ber 1st and has already handed over the first ship­ment of books to Charlotte’s Wings — 300 of which already made their way to chil­dren in the care of Covenant Hos­pi­tal in Sag­i­naw. The book drive will be con­tin­u­ing through Decem­ber 31st.

To find out more about the work of Charlotte’s Wings go to www.charlottes-wings.com or look them up on Facebook.

Nov04

Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills Kicks of the Charlotte’s Wings Holiday Book Drive

Thanks to Barnes and Noble Rochester Hills for host­ing us for the kick off event of the CW hol­i­day book

Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills Kicks of the CW Holiday Book Drive!

Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills Kicks of the CW Hol­i­day Book Drive!

drive! What a great way to start a won­der­ful event! B+N Rochester Hills are run­ning the book drive all the way through the hol­i­days, but from now until Tues­day Nov 5th, they are also doing some­thing extra spe­cial — CW will receive up to 25% of each sale when cus­tomers quote our spe­cial Charlotte’s Wings Book Fair ID No. — 11213477. This is valid at any Barnes and Noble retail store, as well as online!

Oct22

Oakland Press Coverage of CW: Rochester-based nonprofit donates thousands of books to children at local hospitals

From the Oak­land Press:

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Direc­tor of Charlotte’s Wings Joanne Tar­ling, left and Jen­nifer Buck, Charlotte’s Wings chair, right, at the May 2013 Charlotte’s Wings 6th Annual Ben­e­fit. at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

When a 5-month old girl named Char­lotte lost her fight with a rare dis­ease, her fam­ily and friends wanted to honor her mem­ory.
Char­lotte died on Dec. 8, 2008 of rare and incur­able brain dis­ease called Alexander’s Dis­ease. There have only been 500 reported cases world­wide.
In lieu of bap­tism gifts, her par­ents asked that peo­ple donate children’s books or gift cards to buy books.
They ulti­mately made a large dona­tion of books to the pedi­atric unit at Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal in Royal Oak.
Joanne Tar­ling, 41, the direc­tor of Rochester-based Charlotte’s Wings, said she thought giv­ing books was a great idea.
“After (Char­lotte) passed away, my good friend Jen­nifer Buck came to me and said ‘I think we can do more than this,’” Tar­ling said.
Tar­ling, who is a stay-at-home mom, decided along with Buck to carry on the tra­di­tion of donat­ing new books to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in the hos­pi­tal or in hos­pice care.

Read more here.

Oct04

PRESS RELEASECHARLOTTE’S WINGS MAKES THEIR LARGEST EVER DONATION!

To date, Charlotte’s Wings has donated around 27,000 books to children in Michigan hospitals and hospices and founded four Pediatric Reference Libraries across the state.

To date, Charlotte’s Wings has donated around 27,000 books to chil­dren in Michi­gan hos­pi­tals and hos­pices and founded four Pedi­atric Ref­er­ence Libraries across the state.

Oak­land County-based non-profit, Charlotte’s Wings, was delighted to make their sin­gle largest dona­tion to date this week. The dona­tion of $11,000 worth of books – 1,600 books in total — went to the Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan Foun­da­tion. The books will be used by the Foun­da­tion to ben­e­fit and sup­port patients in all of the clin­ics and units through­out DMC Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan, includ­ing the ever-busy Emer­gency Room.

This is the largest dona­tion to date for Charlotte’s Wings, since their incep­tion in March 2008 in Rochester, MI. The non-profit was founded in mem­ory of a local infant girl, Char­lotte, who died at just 5 months old of a rare degen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease. In lieu of bap­tism gifts, her par­ents made a large dona­tion of books to the Pedi­atric Unit at Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal, Royal Oak, MI. Charlotte’s Wings was founded to con­tinue and expand this ini­tia­tive – donat­ing books to chil­dren in hos­pi­tal and hos­pice care through­out Michigan.

The children’s books Charlotte’s Wings donates serve a vari­ety of pur­poses for their part­ner hos­pi­tals and hos­pices. Some books are purely recre­ational, designed to pro­vide the child with a lit­tle wel­come dis­trac­tion and com­fort dur­ing an unset­tling hos­pi­tal stay. Oth­ers play a more edu­ca­tional and con­sul­ta­tive role – such as sup­port­ing patients, par­ents and sib­lings through a life-altering diag­no­sis or being used in a pedi­atric dia­betes or eat­ing dis­or­der clinic. To date, Charlotte’s Wings has donated around 27,000 books to chil­dren in Michi­gan hos­pi­tals and hos­pices and founded four Pedi­atric Ref­er­ence Libraries across the state.

Jen­nifer Buck, Chair­per­son for Charlotte’s Wings, said, “We are so thrilled to be able to make this sig­nif­i­cant dona­tion to the Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan Foun­da­tion for patients and fam­i­lies at DMC Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan. The scope and quan­tity of this one dona­tion is such that we are able to pos­i­tively impact many more chil­dren who enter the hos­pi­tal than ever before. We are so grate­ful to the Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan Foun­da­tion for the oppor­tu­nity to sup­port the DMC Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan in all the won­der­ful work that they do.”

Charlotte’s Wings has pro­vided so many amaz­ing resources for the patients and fam­i­lies, as well as the staff, here at DMC Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan. We never imag­ined that we would receive all of the books on our wish list. This shows the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of all who work to make a dif­fer­ence at Charlotte’s Wings. These books will help edu­cate patients about their diag­noses or pro­vide some com­fort and nor­mal­iza­tion in the hos­pi­tal set­ting. We appre­ci­ate this part­ner­ship with Charlotte’s Wings. We would not be able to pro­vide these resources with­out their gen­er­ous sup­port,” said Deanna Scan­lon, child life project spe­cial­ist, DMC Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michigan.

To find out more about the work of Charlotte’s Wings or the Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Michi­gan Foun­da­tion go to www.charlottes-wings.com or www.chmfoundation.org.

To read more about this story, please click this link: http://www.chmfoundation.org/charlottes-wings-gives-largest-donation-date-childrens-hospital-michigan-foundation/

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