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Christmas in July Event to Benefit Patients Treated at Children's Pediatric and Congenital Heart Defect Center

BIRMINGHAM  – Better watch out, better not cry, Christmas is coming to town this July! The inaugural “Sturrock’s Christmas in July” will raise awareness and funds for Children’s of Alabama’s Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center on Saturday, July 25 at Old Car Heaven (3501 1st Avenue South) from 6 – 11 p.m.


The event will honor the memory of Emily Sturrock who passed away at 37 years old from a heart attack in 2014. Sturrock had an undetected congenital heart defect.


“We are thrilled to partner with the Sturrock’s team to collaborate on such a unique event,” said Emily Bridges, Community Development Coordinator at Children’s. “The hospital relies on community partners to support us in providing exceptional medical care and offer treatment options to pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart defects.”


The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center provides comprehensive inpatient cardiac care through a partnership with UAB. The single platform of care created by the physical connection between the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s and the adult heart facilities at UAB streamlines the care provided by a multidisciplinary team of sub-specialists including surgeons, cardiologists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and geneticists as well as experts in pediatrics and maternal fetal medicine.


“Emily’s devotion to her friends, children and love for Christmas is what drove me to create the event Sturrock’s Christmas in July,” said Carla Lagace, a longtime friend of Emily’s. “I know without a doubt that she would have loved it.”


The evening will include dinner provided by Ashley Mac’s, Bar 31, Rogue Tavern, Little Italy Pies and Pints and others. Guests can look forward to live music, Christmas décor and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 and available online. For more sponsorship information or to purchase tickets go to



Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at