Donated Pinball Machine Brings Fun to Patients at Bronson Children’s Hospital
Thanks to a generous donation, the playroom at Bronson Children’s Hospital has just added a new game– a pinball machine to bring classic fun to ill and injured children and their families. The game was installed this week following two community fundraising efforts.
The owner of Klassic Arcade donated proceeds from an annual ‘Pinball at the ‘Zoo’ tournament to help purchase a pinball machine for young patients at Bronson. A second fundraising tournament was put on at One Well Brewing, whose owners invited the community to face-off at the brewery’s pinball machines, also in support of bringing the game to Bronson.
“The pinball machine was installed in the children’s hospital playroom this week, and it is exciting to see the delight it brings to our patients who have played it,” says Nate Vemich, manager of nursing in the pediatric unit. Vemich says he appreciates that the children have access to a unique activity while in the hospital. “This gift shows the amazing people we have in the community and it makes sure children have something to keep their spirits up when they are in the hospital.”
The pinball machine was purchased through a national non-profit organization called Project Pinball. The organization places pinball machines in children’s hospitals to provide recreational relief to patients, family members and hospital staff. Bronson Children’s Hospital was the 27th children’s hospital in the United States to receive a machine.