The Pediatric Pharmacy used over 900 balloons for their Mary Poppins-inspired design, and won the award for Most Money Raised!

May is for Miracles brings creativity to life in annual fundraising competition

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, May is for Miracles, brought creativity to life through a design competition.

Raising a total of $4,470, the dedication from participating departments throughout the AU Health system will go toward funding for the construction of the new Pediatric Multi-Specialty Care Tower.

Departments competed for Most Money Raised and Best Display, with the Pediatric Pharmacy taking home the award for Most Money Raised at $1,700, and Children’s Neonatal ICU taking home Best Display.

The Pediatric Pharmacy drew inspiration from the recent release of Mary Poppins Returns, incorporating a “spoonful of sugar” into their design.

“We are a small group of pediatric pharmacists, so our design consisted of getting together after work when we were able to bring our vision to life,” said Margaret Oates, pediatric pharmacist. “This year we raised more money than we expected and we did not have time to use all of them in our creation. Additionally, we were running out of time!”

Two judges walked to all 10 competing departments and ranked them on the enthusiasm of the department, originality, creativity and more.

“My favorite part of May is for Miracles is seeing departments come together to raise awareness for Children’s Miracle Network while bringing joy to the patients and families who get to see these fun displays,” said Gracie Carryl, development coordinator for Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Children’s Miracle Network. “I am always blown away by the creativity these departments show.”

Finishing its second year, May is for Miracles is dedicated to spreading awareness and helping patients and their families.

“It’s really exciting to be part of a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where we have the ability to help raise awareness and money for children’s health issues,” said Margaret O. Poisson, pediatric pharmacist. “The May is for Miracles design competition is a fun way to get various departments within the Children’s Hospital involved in the overall mission of the Children’s Miracle Network.”

Browse the gallery to see some of the winners of the 2019 May is for Miracles and their displays.

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