Tres Chic: A story of community support in Shelby County

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The Nichols family will share the story of their daughter, Reese McClain Nichols, who has made almost 50 visits to the emergency room at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

By Beth Herrinton-Hodge

What could be better than enjoying an upscale evening of hors d' oeuvres, cocktails, live music, door prizes and a silent auction? Maybe it’s knowing that you’re enjoying an evening out while also supporting local families and the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Tres Chic Shelbyville offers its fifth annual premiere night out at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Saturday. The group began hosting their gala evening to bring a ray of entertainment to the long season of winter nights, and it has taken off, having raised more than $50,000 for the foundation in its first four years.

Event organizers set out to meet three goals: raise awareness of the services offered to local children by Kosair Children’s Hospital, promote health education in the community, and support Shelby County families whose children are being treated by Kosair Children’s Hospital.  

The group has helped to pay for a private pod in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), sponsored a year’s worth of “end of chemo parties” in the oncology unit, supported the development of the pediatric emergency department at Kosair-St. Mathews and created the $10,000 Shelby County Community Fund.

Funds raised through this year’s event support the expansion of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Shelbyville, a new practice that opened last fall in the city, and some of the money would continue to build the community fund, which provides direct financial assistance to Shelby families whose children are being treated by KCH.

A highlight of each event is hearing from a local family who has benefitted from the Shelby County Community Fund. This year, Kyle and Elizabeth Nichols will tell their family’s story.

“This is our chance to say ‘thank you’ to Tres Chic and to the Shelbyville community for the financial and emotional support they have given us these past two and a half years, since the birth of our daughter, Reese McClain,” Elizabeth McKinley Nichols said.

Reese was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality, which was not diagnosed until she was almost 9 months old. The Nichols have taken her to KCH’s ER nearly 50 times, and they’ve spent 29 nights in the hospital on seven different occasions.

They’ve faced two surgeries, including open-heart surgery.

“In the midst of all of the doctor visits and therapy appointments, we received a call saying, ‘We’re taking care of your medical bill,’” Elizabeth Nichols said. “We didn’t know what to say. We were so grateful for the gift. It was such a relief. A big help.”

She said that she and Kyle want to pay back the support they received from Tres Chic by helping the group raise funds for the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“There are so many families in Shelby County who use the medical services offered by Kosair Children’s Hospital. We’re one family of many,” she said. “We want to help make it possible for others to receive the kind of financial support that we received from Tres Chic.

“Watching Reese McClain grow and develop these last two years has been a blessing. It has not been an easy road. Seeing the way this community has reached out to us is very humbling. It takes a village to face these struggles. We want to let people know how grateful we are and to tell about the impact this community has had on our lives.

“We’ve relied on our friends, our family, and our faith. We couldn’t be here, and Reese McClain wouldn’t be where she is now, without our rock solid support network.”


Tres Chic 2014

WHAT:Fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation and Shelby County Community Fund at KCH

WHEN:7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday

WHERE:Claudia Sanders Dinner House, 3202 Shelbyville Road

DRESS:Cocktail attire

TICKETS: Call 502-629-KIDS