Winter Beach Ball 

BANGOR – Caring for the more than 500 tiny babies are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center each year isn’t easy, or cheap. It takes a caring staff and some expensive high tech equipment.

The women of the EMMC auxiliary have come up with a way to buy some of that equipment, and have fun at the same time.

EMMC is one of only two level three NICUS in the state of Maine. They have the highest technology and the ability to care for babies 24 weeks and above. Some of the smallest babies are less than a pound.

To care for babies that small, the staff at EMMC needs the most high-tech equipment available, and it’s not cheap. That’s where the EMMC auxiliary comes in.

Members are sponsoring the first annual &quot:winter beach ball&quot: next month to raise money to help care for the infants.

One of their goals is to raise money to acquire another high tech incubator called a giraffe unit. The cost is between $35-40,000.

The winter beach ball will be held Friday, January 19th from 7p.m. to 11p.m. at the Bangor Civic Center.

Tickets are $25. Those who attend will be treated to live music and light refreshments.

To purchase tickets, you can call healthcare charities at 973-5055, or visit the EMMC gift shop.