SMHDC Mermaid Book Signing Party


NORFOLK, Va. – July 8, 2009 – Five years ago, Lisa Suhay told the story of Norfolk’s mermaids in her

children’s book, “There Goes a Mermaid! A NorFolktale.” But the story didn’t end there, as Norfolk’s mermaid population has continued to grow right up until this 10th anniversary of the city’s mermaid symbol and officially proclaimed “Year of the Mermaid.”

On Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m., St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children will celebrate the release of a revised edition of the book, which includes some of the “new girls in town.” The special printing honors the fifth anniversary of the book, the 10th anniversary of the mermaid as Norfolk’s symbol and the 65th anniversary of St. Mary’s Home. Suhay is donating part of the book’s proceeds to SMHDC and The Virginian-Pilot’s Joy Fund.

Suhay will be at the Home to sign copies of her book. A proclamation by Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim honoring the Home and declaring July 2009-July 2010 the “Year of the Mermaid” will be read,  and special guest former Miss Norfolk Amanda Batcher will sing. “Mermaid Mama” Georgia Mason, who has created many of Norfolk’s mermaids and now is working on one for the children of St. Mary’s Home, also will be on hand. The event is open to family, staff and friends of SMHDC.

About St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk is the only pediatric long-term-care residential facility of its size and scope in Virginia. The Home has been caring for Virginia children for nearly 65 years. About 90 children and young adults up to 21 years old live at the private, nonprofit, nonsectarian Home. For more information, visit or call (757) 622-2208 or (800) 237-6555.


Sonja Barisic, Marketing Communications Manager
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, VA 23502
Office 757.622.2208 ext. 331
Mobile 757.412.7071