WVU Hospitals Gift Shop to Welcome Newest Mountaineer

A new arrival at West Virginia University Hospitals is cause for celebration.  The Friends Gift Shop will host two open houses on August 30 and 31 to welcome Baby Monti to the Mountaineer family.

Baby Monti is a smaller, 18” version of the 25” Gund teddy bear nicknamed "Monti" after the West Virginia motto, “Montani Semper Liberi – Mountaineers are always free.”

Adorned with a coonskin cap, buckskin-like scarf and trademark WVU logo, Baby Monti is the perfect addition to any Mountaineer fan’s collection.  As an added treat, Baby Monti plays John Denver’s “Country Roads.”

 Baby Monti
Babies born at WVU Children’s Hospital on August 30 will each receive a Baby Monti to commemorate their birth.

“All deliveries at our hospital are special,” Patricia Antion, gift shop manager, said.  “We want to celebrate Baby Monti’s arrival, as well as all arrivals on August 30.”

Monti and Baby Monti both come with hangtags explaining a brief history of the WVU Mountaineer Mascot, which first appeared at University sporting events during the 1936-37 school year.

Shoppers who bring in baby items for donation to The Raymond Wolfe Center in Preston County or Christian Help in Monongalia County will receive at 15 percent discount on one Baby Monti or one other officially licensed WVU product.

Cake will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on August 30 and 31 in the Friends Gift Shop, located on the ground floor of the hospital.

Money raised from the sale of Monti will go to the Friends of WVU Hospitals, which supports patient care and comfort.  Programs include greeting cards for patients, providing tea in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and providing wireless internet service for hospital patients and visitors.

Baby Monti is available for $29.99, while the original Monti can be purchased for $39.99.

For more information contact Friends Gift Shop at (304) 598-4133 or visit www.wvuhgift.com.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 08-28-07

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