Wall, NJ– Michael’s Feat, the 501c3 non-profit organization helping families of seriously-ill newborns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 2000, has reached the $1 million dollar milestone in donations.

Ten years ago, Baby Michael Gerard Puharic was born. Just 83 hours later he passed away, a victim of trisomy 13, a chromosomal disorder that severely limited his chances for survival.  Michael’s birth was a miracle. His brief life continues to have great impact.

Today, his parents, Adam and Dana Puharic, founders of Michael’s Feat, announced that a year-end challenge letter to past donors had helped the Fund break the $1 million dollar mark.

Michael’s Feat was established to honor Michael’s memory and was first announced at Michael’s funeral and formed around the Puharic kitchen table.  Over the past ten years, the Puharic family, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, medical personnel and donors have honored baby Michael’s memory by providing aid, comfort and support to seriously-ill newborns and their families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“We have so much gratitude and appreciation for the generosity showed by hundreds of individuals, families and companies over the years that have supported the Michael’s Feat  mission of providing assistance to families of seriously-ill newborns in the Monmouth and Ocean County region,” said Dana Puharic, baby Michael’s mom and Chairwoman of Michael’s Feat.

“We could never have envisioned such growth, nor could we have ever fathomed raising $1 million dollars, during those first emotional and trying days around our kitchen table in Aberdeen, days after Michael’s birth and passing.”

Knowing the Fund was approaching this historic milestone towards the completion of the Michael’s Feat 10th anniversary year, the Michael’s Feat Board sent out a challenge letter to past donors during the holiday season, soliciting the final $5,000 to achieve the milestone.

Karen Long, baby Michael’s nurse and a former Michael’s Feat Board member and her husband Michael and children, provided the final donation to put Michael’s Feat past the historic threshold.

Commented Adam Puharic:

“What’s most important is that over the past 10 years, Michael’s Feat has provided aid to over 300 families caring for seriously-ill newborns. Those milestones—among a myriad of many—are Michael’s legacy. Toward that end, the Michael’s Feat Board of Directors is already working on plans for expansion of existing programs and benefits and attaining more growth over the next ten years.”

The financial achievement is just one of the numerous milestones attained by Michael’s Feat over the last 10 years. Among the many accomplishments are:

  • Michael’s Feat was honored by two Monmouth Chamber of Commerce organizations as their Volunteer Organization of the Year.
  • In 2006 we purchased two $40,000 giraffe omni-beds-one for each of Monmouth County’s two Level IV neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs).
  • In 2007 we opened a Family Resource Room in Monmouth Medical Center.
  • In 2008 we began a liaison relationship with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where some of our area’s most seriously ill newborns are transferred.
  • And, in 2010, we purchased two head cooling units—again one for each of Monmouth County’s two Level IV neo-natal NICUs—both at a cost of over $30,000 each.

Michael’s Feat will host its annual Gala Fundraiser on Friday night, April 1 at Battleground Country Club in Manalapan.  For more information on Michael’s Feat visit www.michaelsfeat.org.