Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

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2020 Events, Activities, Fundraisers, & Support Groups

All events and fundraisers listed below are hosted by Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness of WCMD.

Click on the link for a PDF of our 2020 Events and Fundraisers.

2020 Events and Fundraisers


Father 2 Father

Grieving Fathers Support Group

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group just for fathers.

This is a monthly support group that meets on

the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Meetings are held at

Brook Lane North Village

18714 N Village

Hagerstown, MD 21742

For more information, contact Rob Embly at

PAILfat[email protected]

Click here to download a flyer.

Click on the image to the left to go to the webpage.

Rainbow of Hope:

Pregnancy After Loss Support Group

Rainbow of Hope is an online peer-to-peer support group. We will also meet a few times throughout the year within our community. The group will begin in April 2020.  To learn more about this group, join us on March 28 at our Pregnancy After Loss Awareness Event.

For more information, contact

Brianne Tesla Bearese at [email protected] or click on the image to the left to go to our webpage.

Click here to download a flyer.

2020 Events and Activities

All events and fundraisers listed below are hosted by Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness of WCMD.


Click here to download a 2020 Events and Fundraiser flyer.

Pregnancy After Loss Awareness Event

Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am

Join us to learn about our new Rainbow of Hope: Pregnancy After Loss Support Group, gather resources, and make a rainbow suncatcher. For those trying to conceive after loss, pregnant after loss, and/or parenting after loss.

Location:

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church

10813 Donelson Drive

Williamsport, MD 21795


The event is free but we ask that you register so we know how many to expect. To register, click on the image to the left.

Mother's Day Gathering

Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 am

Join us to celebrate your motherhood. We will have light refreshments while we create succulent terrariums and enjoy time together as mothers. 


Please register by clicking on the image to the left.

Paint Fundraiser

Saturday, June 6 at 9:00 am

Stay tuned for ticket sales!


Location:

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church

10813 Donelson Drive

Williamsport, MD 21795

Butterfly Release

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Our 9th annual Butterfly Release will be held at Remember Me Butterfly Haven. Everyone will be able to release individual butterflies. Certificates will be given to all registered participants. To register, please click on the image to the left.


Butterfly Release Shirts

The image to right is the design for our 2020 Butterfly Release shirts. A link will be posted closer to the time of the event to place orders. Each shirt will have a list of baby names on the back that we remember at the butterfly release. Everyone that registers for the event will automatically have their baby's name(s) listed on the back.

Virtual Walk

Entire Month of October

Our Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Virtual Walk is a month long event to spread awareness and start conversations about Pregnancy & Infant Loss. The virtual walk will take place during the entire month of October, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. For more information, click on the image to the left.

The image to the left is the image for our Virtual Walk shirts. Everyone that registers will receive a Virtual Walk shirt. You will be able to personalize your shirt with your baby's name on the back.


Wave of Light Luminaries

October 1 through October 15th

Stop by any time October 1 through October 15th to decorate a luminary for your baby and pick up a bag of luminaries to light at your home on October 15.


We will be lighting luminaries at Remember Me Butterfly Haven on October 15 to participate in the Wave of Lights for Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Luminaries will be lit by 7 pm.


This is not an official event but more of a space to come to in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

You may also decorate a luminary at A Walk to Remember to be placed in the waystation.

Karaoke & Raffle Fundraiser

Sunday, October 3, 2020

2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Our Karaoke & Raffle Fundraiser is a fun way to raise funds to help support our events throughout the year. Join us to sing your favorite songs or come out to cheer on your friends. 50/50 and raffle tickets will be available to purchase.


Purchase raffle tickets and play cornhole on the deck.

$1.00 from every soda and beer purchased will be donated to PAILA of WCMD.


Karaoke with Krazy Monkey Karaoke

Location:

Antietam Brewery

140 Western Maryland Pkwy

Hagerstown, MD 21740

A Walk to Remember

Join us for our 11th annual Walk to Remember on

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm. 

Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church

10813 Donelson Drive

Williamsport, MD 21795

 

The evening will include a memorial service and candlelight walk. Each baby’s name will be read during the service. Each family will be invited to light a candle in honor of their baby. Certificates will be given out for each registered participant.
T-shirts and
sweatshirts will also be on sale. A list of baby names will be listed on the back of each. A link will be posted prior to the event.


2020 Theme: White pumpkins

Click on the picture to the left to register.

A Walk to Remember

Shirts and Sweatshirts

The image to right is the design for our 2020 A Walk to Remember shirts and sweatshirts. A link will be posted closer to the time of the event to place orders. Each shirt will have a list of baby names on the back that we remember at A Walk to Rmemeber. Everyone that registers for the event will automatically have their baby's name(s) listed on the back.

Mummer's Day Parade Float

October 31

We will be building a float for the Mummer’s Parade. We are looking for volunteers to help build the float. Please let us know if you would like to ride on the float in the parade. For more information about our float or how you can help, please contact Rob Embly at [email protected]

DIA DE LOS MEURTOS

MONARCH FESITVAL

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Each year, monarchs migrate south. Thousands of monarchs migrate to Mexico. Their arrival in Mexico coincides with Dia de los Muertus or The Day of The Dead. Many Mexicans believe that the souls of those who have died return on those days, and they are lovingly remembered by family and friends. Monarchs have come to represent the souls of loved ones returning to visit each year. This important tradition is celebrated on November 1 and 2. The souls of babies and children are celebrated on November 1 and adults on November 2. To wrap up Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month (October), we will have a
Dia de los Muertus celebration at Remember Me Butterfly Haven (our monarch waystation) on Sunday, November 1.

Stay tuned for details!

Christmas Tree Lighting

at

Remember Me Butterfly Haven

A Christmas Tree will be lit at Remember Me Butterfly Haven during the month of December. Please come by any time to see the tree and add an ornaments in memory of your baby. A plastic container will be on the welcome bench. The container will have ornaments and letter stickers. Please use the letter stickers to put your baby's name on an ornament. Hang the ornament
on the tree.

How You Can Help

If you are unable to attend a fundraiser or events, please consider donating. Your donation will help spread awareness and provide support services and memorial items, as well as funds for our events that benefit those coping with pregnancy and infant loss. Donations can be made to:


Checks can be mailed to:

PAILA of WCMD

1307 The Terrace

Hagerstown, MD 21742


You can also send donations via Venmo.
Search for Brianne Bearese of PAILA of WCMD.


We are grateful for all donations, no matter the size.