Feldpausch Foundation Outing Raises Funds to Create Nattaly Brown Child Life and Expressive Arts Endowment
The 11th annual Feldpausch Foundation Golf Outing, held this year in memory of 7-year-old Nattaly Brown, raised a record-setting $55,190. Proceeds funded the creation of the Nattaly Brown Child Life and Expressive Arts Endowment through the Bronson Health Foundation. Nattaly, of Battle Creek, fought cancer most of her young life and was a patient at Bronson Children’s Hospital. She died in September of 2017.
The endowment in Nattaly’s honor supports child life, art and music therapy, and the Journey Beads programs at Bronson Children’s Hospital, as well as the expansion of child life services at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. These services are all designed to help ease children’s fears, and provide social, emotional and psychological support. Nattaly’s mom, explains it best. “Child life specialists supported Nattaly by explaining certain procedures and circumstances in a way a child could understand,” says Alyssa Schuck. “Child life helped us kick cancer one smile at a time with a dance party in a hospital room; a spa day in the Oncology Clinic; a princess meet and greet; toys at Christmas time; pokey prizes and more.”
Golf outing organizers say that’s what this year’s event was all about. “We went into the outing knowing we wanted it to be extra-special because it was in memory of such a special little girl,” says Corey LaGro, Feldpausch Foundation board member and golf outing coordinator. “We themed the day around some of Nattaly’s favorite things. It helped remind us that we were playing for children who often are facing difficult medical challenges. It’s gratifying to know that we can make their hospital and doctor visits a little easier.”
Ninty golfers took part in the outing, along with numerous business sponsors. The Feldpausch Foundation covers all the expenses, so all donations go directly to support the endowment. “To see the community embrace this year’s event in support of the Nattaly Brown Endowment was so heartwarming,” says Liz Semaan, Bronson Health Foundation’s director of development. “As the endowment continues to grow, we know it will bring comfort to countless young patients and families for many years to come.”
The Feldpausch Foundation Golf Outing has raised more than $281,000 over the last 11 years, all in support of Bronson Health Foundation funds.
Pictured: Corey La Gro and Jaime Merlington, Feldpausch Foundation; Alyssa Schuck, Nattaly’s mom; Kim and Chris Sargent, Nattaly’s grandparents; Miranda Ray, Bronson Battle Creek child life specialist; Terry Morrow, Bronson Healthcare vice president of development and community health.