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June 28, 2007

Detroit Tigers Inge, wife host naming contest to benefit new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Community asked to help name activity area in new hospital funded by Inges’ $100,000 gift; June 27 event to kick-off naming contest

ANN ARBOR, MI – Detroit Tiger third baseman Brandon Inge and wife Shani want the community to step up to the plate and hit a home run for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Brandon IngeFrom June 1 to Sept. 1, the Inges will host a special community contest to name the activity area in the pediatric cancer infusion clinic that has been funded by their $100,000 gift to Mott. The activity area will be in the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital, set to open in 2011.

The Inges will officially kick-off the community contest – “Up to Bat with the Inges!” –at 6:15 p.m. Monday, July 2 at Field 4 in Veterans' Memorial Park, located at 2150 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. Brandon Inge will throw out the first pitch for the Ann Arbor Little League, and will sign autographs for the young baseball players.

While their gift to Mott will help to support the new pediatric cancer clinic activity area, the Inges did not want the room to bear their name. Instead, the Inges felt it was important to involve the community in the naming of the new activity area.

“Having a naming contest for the kids at Mott and across the community makes the room special and truly their own,” says Shani Inge.

Continues Brandon Inge: “We really want this play area to be associated with joy, and we’re very excited to get the community involved to help Mott. Giving back is so important.”

One of the many reasons why the Inges feel it’s so important to give back to Mott is to help patients and families in need. Since 2003, Brandon and Shani Inge, along with the Detroit Tigers Wives Association, have donated countless hours to helping the patients and families at Mott.

From visiting inpatients to hosting special fund-raising events for Mott, the Inges –  who have a 2-year-old son and are expecting a second child in August – have played an important role in the success of the children’s hospital and women’s hospital fund-raising campaign, which, to date has raised more than $50 million.

“Up to Bat with the Inges!” contest details

  • Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2007 to Sept. 1, 2007.
  • Contestants must send in their choice for the name of the new pediatric cancer clinic activity area, as well as a paragraph (100 words maximum) – or  illustration – explaining why their name should be chosen.
  • Entries must include a donation of any amount to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
  • By Sept. 1, Brandon and Shani Inge will choose the top five names, along with stories or illustrations. The community then will have the chance to vote online for their favorite name at
  • The winner will have their room name displayed in perpetuity in the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and he or she, along with immediate family, will be invited to join the Inges for a night out.
  • To enter, send your room name idea and paragraph or illustration, along with your name, age, address, phone number and monetary donation to:

Up to Bat with the Inges!
301 East Liberty St.
Suite 400
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104

For complete contest rules, call (734) 998-7702 or visit our Web site.

About the new U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital & Women's Hospital
The U-M Health System broke ground in October 2006 for the new $523 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility.

With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for specialty services not offered anywhere else in Michigan for newborns, children and pregnant women, such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. 

Plans for the new children’s and women’s facility include16 pediatric operating rooms, four pediatric surgical procedure rooms, four Caesarean section suites, 20 rooms for antepartum or postpartum care, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening with capacity for an additional 84 beds in the future.

To date, the U-M Health System has raised more than $50 million of the $75 million goal for its children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign, part of the University-wide $2.5 billion The Michigan Difference campaign.

To learn more about the children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign and building project, visit

Written by Krista Hopson


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