Enjoy the Knight Ryder and Help Benefit the March of Dimes

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Enjoy the Knight Ryder and Help Benefit the March of Dimes
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Enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s and Help the March of Dimes

Community Service Starts at Birth: Support “The Bohanan’s Baby” and the Tiniest in Need as you enjoy the Knight Ryder cocktail at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s on the Green!

Watching Ryder Kimmey zoom through life, enjoying animals at the San Antonio Zoo, loving dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss and Marvel Avengers, it’s hard to believe that the four-year-old with boundless energy started life weighing less than two pounds, fighting each day to breathe, eat and be a “normal” baby.

But there’s nothing normal about “The Bohanan’s Baby”, as Ryder’s been known since the little fighter was born at just 27 weeks to parents Jacqueline Schneider and Shaun Kimmey, two long-time members of the Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood and Peggy’s on the Green team. When he was fighting for his life, his Bohanan’s family was by his side. Four years later, they still are, celebrating Ryder and supporting the March of Dimes, working to make sure other babies like Ryder have a fighting chance.

In addition to enjoying the Knight Ryder cocktail, anyone who wishes to support this year’s ambassador family and help the March of Dimes can donate to: March of Dimes Ryder Kimmey. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Giving Back to the Littlest in the Community

Through the leadership of chef-owner Mark Bohanan, the restaurants known for unforgettable food and impeccable service believe in extending that service to the community as well, actively supporting a variety of philanthropic efforts and championing organizations like the March of Dimes. Prematurity is one of the most significant health threats to moms and babies today. It’s also the leading cause of death among newborns and the leading cause of lasting childhood disabilities.

The Bohanan’s team has been a part of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in San Antonio for more than 12 years, supporting the fight to end premature birth. Schneider and Kimmey had participated in the event for years, but had no idea that their son would be the among the 1 in 8 babies born prematurely in San Antonio each year.

Jacqueline, Shaun and Ryder are this year’s Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in San Antonio. The event is October 5th at La Cantera Resort and Bohanan’s and Peggy’s Culinary Consultant Chef Heather Nañez is one of the featured chefs for the night. March of Dimes is close to Nañez’s heart: her now adult nephew began his life as a preemie and her sister-in-law is a neonatal nurse. Nañez has lead the Bohanan’s team at Signature Chefs for more than 12 years and is proud to call this year’s Ambassador family part of her beloved restaurant family, making this year’s Signature Chefs even more meaningful.

Ryder’s Story

Ryder’s maternal grandmother, Martha Schneider, had a dream that her daughter Jacqueline was going to have a baby boy with blue eyes and blonde hair. Two months later, her dream came true when Jacqueline found out that she was pregnant. Everything seemed routine, but at 25 weeks into the pregnancy, Jacqueline developed high blood pressure and was warned by her doctor that it would likely get worse.

The next week at Bohanan’s, Jacqueline didn’t feel well. At just 26 weeks in her pregnancy, her blood pressure was dangerously high. She was admitted to Methodist Medical Center and told she would be staying until Ryder was born.

The doctors worked to keep Jacqueline healthy and help Ryder develop, but she had developed severe preeclampsia and started having trouble breathing. Her lungs filled with fluid as she gained almost 50 pounds in just a week as her body retained fluid. The Bohanan’s team was on watch at the hospital as Jacqueline’s condition was hard on heart and lungs—and tough on Ryder as well.

If Ryder wasn’t delivered, Jacqueline was at risk of dying. Ryder’s chance of survival at just 27 weeks was just 90 percent, but on July 3, 2014, Ryder was born, with the Bohanan’s team eagerly pacing and worrying in the waiting room. He weighed just under 2 pounds and was 13 inches long. Jacqueline had been fighting for her life, now it was time to fight for his. And the Bohanan’s team rallied to support Jacqueline and Shaun as they fought for Ryder.

Enjoy the Knight Ryder

Enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s and Help the March of Dimes

Ryder would spend the next several months in the NICU. His parents were there day and night, staying 12 to 16 hours at a time to comfort and care for him as best they could. Jacqueline and Shaun worked to know anything and everything that could help him, turning to the March of Dimes for information on how they could help their son.

Like other parents, they read to him, talked to him and sang to him. He would light up when he heard their voices. But he wasn’t eating. The little family watched other NICU babies come and go. Some didn’t make it. That’s how close reality is when you are fighting for your baby’s life.

The Bohanan’s Connection Ryder faced breathing complications and trouble with his digestive system. One night at Bohanan’s, Shaun ran into Sasha Petraske, the famed mixologist who helped develop the Bar at Bohanan’s, as well as the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. Shawn shared Ryder’s challenges with Petraske and fate intervened: Petraske’s friend, neonatologist Dr. Matthew Egalka, happened to be joining the team at Methodist Medical Center and ultimately joined the talented team of doctors and nurses caring for Ryder.

Dr. Egalka and the team treating Ryder truly worked miracles. He finally left the NICU 85 days later and today, you would never know all that Ryder went through. After physical and occupational therapy, and medicines for reflux, he is an active, curious, smart little boy who charms everyone when he visits mom or dad at Bohanan’s and Peggy’s.

Enjoy the Knight Ryder

Enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s and Help the March of Dimes

Enjoy the Knight Ryder

Enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s and Help the March of Dimes

Enjoy the Knight Ryder

Enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s & Peggy’s and Help the March of Dimes

“We know that without March of Dimes events like the Signature Chefs Auction, Ryder probably wouldn’t be with us today. March of Dimes gives babies like Ryder a fighting chance, helping us and thousands of other families bring their babies home,” explained Schneider. “For years, we’ve attended Signature Chefs as restaurant staff, working with Bohanan’s and Peggy’s on the Green to be a part of the event. We were always moved by the families we met and the stories we heard. Then we became one of those families. Supporting March of Dimes and the Signature Chefs Auction means even more to us now. We know firsthand that it makes a difference for families just like ours, giving them hope and help when they need it most.”

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood – Knight Ryder from Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood on Vimeo.

From now through October 5th, order and enjoy the Knight Ryder at Bohanan’s and Peggy’s on the Green and all proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes in honor of this year’s Signature Chefs Family Ambassadors, Jacqueline, Shawn and “The Bohanan’s Baby,” Ryder. The perfectly hued purple cocktail, to match the purple of March of Dimes, was created in Ryder’s honor. Each cocktail is $10.

The Knight Ryder

• ¾ oz. Lavender Syrup

• 3/8 oz. Lemon Juice

• 3/8 oz. Crème De Violette

• 1 ½ oz Gin
Shaken and Strained in a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and dry lavender flowers.

In addition to enjoying the Knight Ryder cocktail, anyone who wishes to support this year’s ambassador family and help the March of Dimes can donate to: March of Dimes Ryder Kimmey. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

About Bohanan’s:

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, established in 2002, offers Japanese Akaushi Steaks and Mesquite grilled prime cuts of midwestern corn-fed beef, as well as an array of freshly prepared seafood and flaming desserts. An award-winning wine list and rich house-blended coffee round out an extraordinary dining experience. Executive chef-owner Mark Bohanan brings the storied Texas steak experience to the highest level of fine dining. Bohanan’s is located in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio at 219 East Houston Street, above The Bar at Bohanan’s, featuring award-winning hand-crafted cocktails. Valet service is available for lunch and dinner. For more, visit bohanans.com, or Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @bohanans

About Peggy’s:

The latest brainchild of Mark Bohanan, chef-owner of nationally-renowned Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood and founder of the annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Peggy’s on the Green is a casual yet elegant Southern-inspired restaurant and craft cocktail bar located inside Ye Kendall Inn, a stunningly restored stagecoach stop that’s been serving up fine Texas hospitality since 1859. Named after Bohanan’s late mother, Peggy’s honors Texas traditions with familiar favorites that are elevated by culinary mastery and the freshest seasonal and local ingredients available. The famous steaks from Bohanan’s are also featured. Peggy’s is located at 128 West Blanco Road in Boerne, Texas. For more, visit peggysonthegreen.com, or Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @peggysboerne

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