Celebrity Baby Scoop first spoke with Renee Baio, wife of Scott Baio, a few weeks ago as the Hollywood couple prepared to host the first Bailey Baio Angel Foundation® Celebrity Baby Yard Sale on May 30th to raise awareness and much needed charitable funding for the metabolic disorder known as G-A 1 and other OA’s (organic acidemia metabolic disorders).
We are now following up with Renee and Scott on the success of the fundraiser and the Global Humanitarian Award they received for their endless efforts to help save every newborn from these disorders.
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CBS: How did the fundraiser go?
RB: “There were a few bumps and hurdles which is to be expected with any kind of event, but overall it was a great success. On Thursday night I was up until 3 A.M. getting everything organized and Bailey woke me up at 6:45 A.M. Then on Friday I pulled an ‘all-nighter’ getting everything set up. I took a hot bath to rest my feet and then started the fundraiser bright and early Saturday morning. We opened at 8:45 A.M. and had our first sale at 9:20 A.M. and our last sale at 3:30 P.M. Our total in sales was over $16,000!”
CBS: Was it an emotional day for you?
RB: “We were so humbled by the special needs community. While there were generous donations from various celebrities, it was the very families we are trying to help who donated the most. One 13-year-old girl, Sara Fisch, donated $2,000 from her bat mitzvah and her parents Peter and Jill Fisch matched her donation, making it $4,000. Jill and her two sons have metabolic disorders. She is the president of SaveBabies.org. We were so touched by their donation.”
CBS: It sounds like it was a great success.
RB: “It was a success but it’s not about the money we raised, it’s about the awareness we raised. That’s the gift. Our BBAF Web site has received almost 1 million hits since last Thursday night, which is hopeful on its own. Education is key with metabolic disorders. Our goal is to help expand newborn screening worldwide in order to save lives.”
CBS: Are there any updates on ENBS (expanded newborn screening) which tests for G-A 1 and other OA’s?
RB: “At this time, ENBS is not a law in all 50 states – it is only available in 17 states. We’re hoping the 18th state will be Texas. A little boy named Greyson from Texas died from a metabolic disorder and his mother, Nicole Parks-Morris, is fighting to get the “Grey’s Bill” passed in his name. With increased awareness, we have hope that all 50 states will have ENBS in order to save lives and improve the quality of lives of children with these disorders.”
Scott Baio now joined the conversation and added his excitement over the success of the fundraiser.
SB: “The fundraiser was great – It was our first time out and it went really well. Renee got it all set up like a store inside the tents. People were really impressed with it. It ran from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. and it brought in some good money for the cause. We’ll do another one in the future – maybe a golf event or something like that.”
CBS: We hear you and Renee hosted the Global Humanitarian Awards the following night – and you received an award.
SB: “Yes, we hosted the event and were awarded the Founders Award for starting the foundation. It was the first ever Founders Award for this event. It’s an award for philanthropic efforts, as opposed to a performance. It was a fun night – a really nice event with nice people. All in all, the night was an “A.”
CBS: Are the items that were left unsold now available on ebay for public auction?
RB: “Most of the items and signed items will be up for auction in July. Check our Web site for updates.”
See thumbnail pictures below of many of the celebs and their adorable tots in attendance including Jason Priestley and daughter Ava, Larry Birkhead and daughter Dannielynn, Marissa Jaret Winokur and her son Zev, Kristy Swanson and her son Magnus as well as the Disney Kids, Jeremy Jackson and Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner, just to name a few. Also check out Scott and Renee on the red carpet (the following night!) as they hosted and accepted the Founders Award at the Global Humanitarian Awards.
BBAF would like to thank the main sponsors for the event: Stride Rite, Joovy, Ju-Ju-Be, Itzy Ritzy, BuckleyBoo & Tough Cookies. Also big thanks to The Jumpitz children’s entertainment group who delighted the crowd with a performance.View Slideshow »»