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Children’s Hospital Announces Contests, Thanks Community

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sandy Strong's friends who need names

Often hanging out with Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong mascot Sandy Strong are several adorable – but nameless – friends. Starting Tuesday, area children can help the hospital find the perfect names for two of those friends.

The two children who submit the winning name suggestions will each  receive an iPod nano, one-year family membership to Strong – National Museum of Play and a doll of the friend made by local artist Shanna Murray, who creates boutique children's clothing and toys centered around character development. The contest is open to kids 18 years old and younger. Winners will be chosen by a diverse panel of hospital staff members.

ESL Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a coloring contest, featuring artwork by original Sandy Strong artist John Kuchera. Entries will be judged by a team of graphic artists, creative designers and art directors from Dixon Schwabl Advertising. First place coloring contest winners in three age categories will each receive a $500 savings bond provided by ESL. The contest is open to children 12 years old and younger.

The two contests will be included in a special 20-page section included in Tuesday’s Democrat and Chronicle. The section aims to thank the community for its support of the hospital within the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital and details the improvements the hospital has made in the past five years during an ambitious capital campaign. Among the many improvements that the community made possible are the world-class Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Surgical Suite and the renovation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The special section will be delivered to weekday subscribers and is also available in single copy sales and on the newspaper’s Web site, Both contest entry forms be found online at The coloring contest is also available at ESL branches and

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