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Birdies for Babies Program
Birdies for Babies Program Meets Goal of $10,000
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/25/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – In January, Virginia Elena Carta and the Duke women’s golf program introduced the Birdies for Babies program benefitting the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.

Originally hoping to raise $10,000 over a span of the next five months, the program garnered generous support and surpassed the goal raising $10,565. The Blue Devils registered a total of 510 birdies on the 2017-18 season.

“We are thrilled with the success of Birdies for Babies in its inaugural season and are so grateful to our amazing student athletes for their thoughtfulness and efforts on behalf of our patients,” said Amy Deshler, Sr. Executive Director, Duke Children’s Development.

The program will look to building on what was started this season and gain more support for the 2018-19 campaign.

Those looking to jump aboard Duke women’s golf’s partnership with the Duke Children’s can make pledges per birdie. Pledges will start at $0.50 and high pledge increments are welcome. If the Blue Devils register an eagle (counts as two birdies), albatross (three birdies) and hole-in-one (four birdies) they will count as stated. Each pledge will receive an autographed photo of the Duke women’s golf team.

Duke Children’s is a 180-bed inpatient hospital within Duke University Hospital. The central outpatient clinic, the McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center, is a 66,000 square-foot facility that is adjacent to the hospital, and that combines medical and surgical specialty services in one colorful, child-focused location. Additionally, there are numerous Duke Children’s primary care and specialty care clinics through North Carolina to care for the needs of children throughout the state. Duke Children’s is one of the largest health care providers for children in the Southeast, and the only children’s hospital in North Carolina to be ranked in all ten specialties by the U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Duke Children’s online at or at

Duke advanced to the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championship in 2018 and will return four starters in 2018-19 under the direction of head coach Dan Brooks.

For more information on Birdies for Babies or to make a pledge, contact Debra Taylor at


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