Meridian surpasses $150,000 Rialzo VIII goal

MUNCIE, Ind. — Thanks to the help of community members and partners, Meridian Health Services will be dedicating more than $150,000 toward the organization’s maternal treatment program for drug addicted pregnant mothers and their newborns, according to a release.

Meridian’s goal going into its annual charity gala, Rialzo VIII on April 8 at the Horizon Convention Center, was $150,000.

That goal has since been surpassed with donations still coming in.

“Rialzo 8 was our best yet, mostly because of the integration of theme (“There’s No Place Like Home”) and cause, which led to the unprecedented response,” Scott Smalstig, vice president of development at MHS, said. “We were not only up in every revenue category, but donations are still coming in!”

There is still a chance for people to donate to the program with a gift or pledge.

According to a release, 1 in 10 babies born at local hospitals are withdrawing from drugs. Meridian’s new program will help mothers create a “No Place Like Home” atmosphere and a better chance at life for their newborns once they return from the NICU. Smalstig said the program starts June 1. Donations can be made at

Elevating the Maternal Treatment Program

Addicted Mothers and their Newborn Babies

  1. With your help, last year we were able to designate over $150,000 towards the opening of our Maternal Treatment Program, a team committed to helping drug-addicted mothers and their newborn babies. Since its opening in June, seven babies have been born and the program has reached capacity with over 30 women enrolled. At Rialzo IX, we’ll continue to raise additional funds for the Maternal Treatment Program so that we can serve more women and expand services.

Thank You to All Who Contributed Last Year at Rialzo VIII

  • 989attendees
  • $155Kdesignated toward the Maternal Treatment Program
  • 30women currently enrolled in the Maternal Treatment Program (capacity)
  • 7babies born with significantly reduced stays in the NICU