While simply looking for a fun night out, a couple finds motivation to support and promote ‘a special place’ for kids at the U
Five years ago, Brian and Annette Call were looking for a fun night out when they attended their first Winefest—A Toast to Children’s Health, an event that benefits children’s health research, education, and care at the University of Minnesota. They did not expect the evening to be life changing.
But the Calls were so impressed by the world-class research they heard about, the brilliant physicians they spoke with, and the moving patient stories they heard that “we felt compelled to get involved,” Annette Call says.
They jumped in full force, hosting friends and colleagues at WineFest, donating experiences for the live auction, and assisting other organizations in support of University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. This year, they served as honorary chairs of WineFest No. 19.
Now the couple has taken their commitment to a new level: Their company, Rubicon Mortgage Advisors, has pledged $100,000 to University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital to sponsor an Adopt A Room, the first in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.
“For us, Adopt A Room is a tangible way to donate to the University, to support its groundbreaking research, and to spread awareness among our employees and their circles of friends and family,” says Brian Call.
Like all Adopt A Rooms, the Calls’ Adopt A Room is private and custom-designed promote better health outcomes and accelerate healing.
The Calls hope their gift will help spread the word that this “world-class hospital is right here in our backyard,” says Brian Call, “and that these physicians are conducting groundbreaking research that impacts our world.
“There’s not a company in the Twin Cities that can’t find budget room to donate to this hospital,” he asserts, adding that anyone interested can learn more by attending an event, touring the hospital, meeting the physicians, and talking to families who have benefited. “You realize very quickly that this is a special place and that we’re all only a phone call away from needing this.”