Calling All Angels' Presenting Sponsor Pays Tribute to Sara Robinson who Helped Establish the Secret Safe Place for Newborns Program

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Mercy Medical and the Eastern Shore Art Center have announced a presenting sponsor for Calling All Angels, a collaborative fundraising project of both non-profit organizations. The presenting sponsor is not a corporation; but the family of Sara Robinson whose sponsorship is in tribute to Sara, their angel. Sara's life was proof that angels live and work on earth. And since her death in 2003, her life's work continues to save lives and inspire a community.

Mercy Medical and the Eastern Shore Art Center created Calling All Angels to invite artists or anyone touched by an angel, to creatively share stories, depictions, memorial angels and recognitions of angels as well as different art forms that capture what angels are and what they mean to us. Proceeds of the project benefit Mercy's Guardian Angel program, the fundraising outlet for pediatric home care, other Mercy patient charities and the Eastern Shore Art Center programs. Calling All Angels submitted artwork will be displayed at the ESAC during the month of November and on First Friday Artwalk in Fairhope. A series of exhibits, shows, printed pieces and participatory events will be staged, culminating in a gala reception on December 4, in an evening fund-raising event and live auction at the art center.

"By sponsoring Calling All Angels, we hope it speaks to everyone who knew Sara; that it once again motivates everyone to continue the work Sara inspired in them," explained Diane Lancaster, Sara Robinson's sister. "Calling All Angels benefits the needy and exemplifies Sara's passion. Sara cared for everyone, especially people no one else paid attention to. She saw God's angels in the most vulnerable, like the children, the homeless and the desperate. It is now up to us to look into their eyes, recognize their need and care for them. Hear Sara speaking to you about Calling All Angels and participate in anyway you can," said Lancaster.

Sara was a nurse at Springhill Medical Center for 16 years. She had cared for patients in the Emergency Room, operating room and ICU. Sara's compassionate nursing care earned her Springhill Medical Center's Nurse of the Year award in 2002. Sara was awarded the Medical Society of Mobile County Outstanding Nurse Award. Sara was a long standing member of Alcoholics Anonymous where her energy and enthusiasm touched and inspired many others to follow her steps to recovery. Sara's passion for life and supporting those in need had been evident in her community involvement with the Waterfront Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Mobile Area Food Bank, Penelope House, the Indian Reservation in Atmore, and the office of the Mayor. Sara was the United Way Chairperson and spokesperson for Springhill Medical Center. Sara was also an avid animal activist, rescuing many orphaned animals. Sara's extensive community service brought her recognition from the Mobile county Police Department.

Sara dedicated endless hours to the Secret Safe Place for Newborns program. Originated in Mobile County in 1998, the Secret Safe Place program now has fifty states that have enacted legislation to adopt the program. Newborn babies can be dropped off within 72 hours of being born, unharmed, at any police, fire station or hospital throughout the country.

Sara played an integral part in the success of the program by her active involvement in our community as well as traveling to other cities to share the success Mobile was having in saving the lives of our desperate women and their innocent babies. Sara was appointed as the Secret Safe Place representative for Springhill Medical Center and was an active member of the Secret Safe Place for Newborns board of directors. Sara's goal in life was to never miss an opportunity to spread the word that there are safe solutions for desperate women and never again would a mother try to hide her pregnancy or leave her baby to die alone. Sara could always be found passing out brochures, creating Secret Safe Place banners for the side of the Metro Transit buses or just speaking whenever she was asked.

"What a beautiful tribute to Sara, an angel in her own right, to sponsor Calling All Angels, which contributes to the care of children in our pediatric home care program and other charity programs. I feel that this sponsorship is like a gift from heaven -- Sara is still influencing good works on earth!" explained Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, Mercy Medical vice president of mission integration.

With an innovative spirit and a faith-based, mission-driven ministry, Mercy Medical has become a recognized health-care leader known for its compassionate and excellent care. Mercy Medical has locations in Baldwin and Mobile counties that include Baldwin County's only licensed acute rehabilitation hospital, a state-of-the art memory care community, two life-care retirement communities, three assisted living communities, skilled nursing, home health and hospice. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and as a member of Catholic Health East, Mercy Medical is committed to its mission of continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, providing compassionate, holistic and excellent care.

For more information, call 251-621-4280 or visit http://www.mercymedical.com/CAA.

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