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A fund-raiser Saturday night to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital embodied the spirit of class and generosity, with a large turnout with all proceeds going toward the hospital.
The goal of Tres Chic, held at Claudia Sander's Dinnerhouse, was to raise $10,000 to go toward a private room named after Shelby County in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit .
Glancing around at the crowd of beautiful people milling around, enjoying wine, bourbon and dancing, Tres Chic committee member Beth Kovacs, who is vice president of business development at Citizens Union Bank, smiled.
"We have nearly met our goal tonight as far as tickets sold," she said. "We are very pleased with the turnout."
Kovacs said that 285 tickets were sold at $100 per couple, or $75 for singles, out of a goal of 300. A silent auction also supplemented the fundraiser, and Kovacs said Monday that though the total amount raised had not been tallied yet, preliminary estimates were good.
"I'm fairly sure that we have exceeded our $10,000 goal," she said.
The event was very chic indeed, with a crowd dressed in evening wear attire, enjoying a sumptuous buffet, music by New Breed and spirits, courtesy of Brown-Forman.
Louise Riley, manager of Claudia Sanders, said the event was going very well.
"We are very proud to host this," she said.
Posters of Shelbyville children that have been helped at Kosair lined the room, including little Callee Quire, 7 months.
Born seven weeks early, she weighed only 4 pounds and 2 ounces and was 16 and 1/2 inches long. Even though she was tiny, her mother, Amanda Quire, said she thought at first that she was OK.
"Then, she started having trouble breathing; her lungs couldn't support her," she said, glancing at her husband, Brandon, as the couple told their story.
"We rushed her to Kosair, and she was there for a month, from July 15 to Aug. 15."
Amanda Quire said to see their baby hooked up to a breathing machine was extremely difficult for her and her husband.
"We just had to put our faith in God," she said.
Amanda suffered from preeclampsia during her pregnancy, a condition also called toxemia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy. Because high blood pressure constricts the vessels in the uterus that supply the fetus with oxygen and nutrients, the baby's growth may be slowed.
Preeclampsia also increases the risk of placental abruption, in which the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery. The condition can be life threatening, for mother and baby.
"We were very worried and anxious after Callie was born at only 33 weeks, but Brandon was great, he was so strong and supportive," she said, with a warm smile at her husband. "And Kosair was great. They were simply amazing, the way they took care of Callie."
Amanda Quire said their daughter is a healthy, happy baby today, thanks to the care she received at Kosair.