Tuesday, April 23 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
SHORTSVILLE, NY -- A benefit for Golisano Children's Hospital featuring six hours of family fun will be held Saturday, May 18, in memory of Emerson Black.
Called "Embracing Emerson," the benefit runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Jacket High School on Route 21 in Shortsville. It is slated to include Wildlife Defenders, The Magic Guy, face painting, a bake sale, raffles, zumba, and Double D's Chicken BBQ.
In addition, there will be a number of vendors and Pragle Photography will be offering 20-minute sessions for $40 apiece. Also during the event, families can get Operation Safe Child IDs and child fingerprinting.
Emerson was one of the triplets born March 25, 2012, to Becky and Jason Black of Shortsville. Born with a heart condition, passed away six weeks later. His parents, who also have an older daughter, remain grateful for the care that he and their other triplets, Landon and Sydney, received at Golisano and are organizing the benefit as one way of showing that gratitude.
"Our community is fortunate to have such high-level care in our area. We cannot say 'thank you' enough for the care that the doctors, nurses and staff provided to not only our triplets, but our whole family," said Becky Black, who is also organizing a team in Emerson's memory for the June 1 Stroll or Strong Kids at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.
During Embracing Emerson, organizers will be collecting pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, as well as new or gently used blankets, sleepers and onesies for Loved Twice Rochester, which helps families in need.
Pre-sale tickets for the barbecue ($8.50 per person) are available at the Shortsville branch of Canandaigua National Bank or by calling 585-643-9851.
For more information on the May 18 benefit, find the "Embracing Emerson" page on Facebook.