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September 20, 2007

5 finalists selected in “Up to Bat with Inges” contest: Now it's your turn to vote!

Brandon and Shani Inge want the community to help choose winning name for play area in new hospital funded by their $100,000 gift

ANN ARBOR, MI – Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and wife Shani have narrowed the playing field to five finalists. And now they need your help to choose the MVP of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital “Up to Bat with the Inges” room-naming contest.

Brandon IngeFrom June through September, the Inges hosted 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.

After sorting through 55 entries, the Inges selected five finalists and are asking the community again for its help – this time to choose the winning name for the activity area. The Inges say they selected the following names based on the accompanying stories and illustrations that were submitted with the entries:

  1. “Dreamland,” submitted by Joe Magsig, Pleasant Lake
  2. “The Refuge,” submitted by Christine Wall, Plymouth
  3. “The Little Batter’s Box,” submitted by Joshua Bartlett, Pinckney
  4. “The Diamond Playroom,” submitted by Nolan Andrew Sikina, Howell
  5. “The Dugout,” submitted by Jake Krzyzaniak, Adrian

To place your vote and see the stories and illustrations that accompany the five finalists’ entries, visit Voting will take place through Thursday, Sept. 27. A winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

The winner will not only have his or her room name prominently displayed in the new activity area, but also take part in a special night out with Brandon and Shani Inge.

The Inges felt it was important to involve the community in the naming of the new area to build excitement and raise awareness for the new children’s and women’s facility.

The couple also wanted the naming contest to provide an opportunity to help raise additional funds for the new 1.1 million square-foot facility. With each entry, the Inges asked contestants to make a monetary donation of any amount. As a result, the contest helped to raise nearly $1,500 for the children’s and women’s hospitals fund-raising campaign.

Since 2003, Brandon and Shani Inge, along with the 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 two young sons – 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.

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, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening, including 50 single room maternity care beds, 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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