Media Release: Surprise Your Valentine with the Italian Countryside

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02-07-2011 (Dayton, OH) -

For Valentine’s Day roses and red wine may be romantic, but what says ‘I love you’ better than a seven-day trip for two through Italy?

When it comes to romance, both men and women usually agree it’s best to leave it to the ladies. That’s why The Women’s Board of The Children’s Medical Center can help you secure the most romantic of gifts for your Valentine--a trip to Tuscany. 

Spend a week in luxury together, hiking through the Italian countryside or sampling the country’s finest foods and wines. After a long day of enjoying the picturesque Tuscan scenery and learning about the Italian culture and way of life, you and your loved one can unwind for some rest and relaxation at some of Italy’s finest hotels. This trip is available now on the official CHA-CHA event website.

Tuscany and Umbria package includes

  • Trip through the Italian countryside starting in Siena and ending in Foligno
  • 7 nights in finest class Italian hotels
  • All meals except one lunch and two dinners

Trip provided by through Boundless Journeys. Visit for details on this trip and more.

The Women’s Board holds CHA-CHA, a fundraiser with a specific goal, every other May. CHA-CHA 2011 proceeds will help fund the purchase of Giraffe® beds for Dayton Children’s Regional Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Currently the NICU is in need of 16 beds that cost $45,000 each.

 This year the Women’s Board has expanded CHA-CHA to offer buy-now items and excursions to raise money leading up to the event.  Other items available include a David Yurman necklace and tickets to a live taping of Dancing with the Stars.

Why Giraffe® beds?

A Giraffe® bed is not just a bed; it is a specially designed, high-tech warming isolette for critically ill newborns. The NICU staff refers to the cutting edge technology as a “baby Susan” because they can move the bed around and allow the baby to stay in the same bed before, during and after procedures. This full-featured neonatal care station has a rotating, extra large mattress (for larger babies or even twins), an x-ray cassette tray, internal bed tilt and an integrated in-bed scale. A warming drawer keeps diapers and blankets warm, the rail system provides mounting for IV poles, pumps, shelves and other accessories, and the elevating base accommodates taller caregivers or special procedures.

About the Women’s Board

The 36-member Women’s Board is rich in tradition and history. Under the direction of the first Women’s Board President, Ruth C. Mead, the first CHA-CHA was held in 1967. Throughout the years, more than $2 million has been raised, enabling Dayton Children’s to renovate and expand hospital facilities, including the newborn intensive care unit, the Wallace Critical Care Complex and the new Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications Department
Phone: 937-641-3666


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