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Antoinette Ford gave birth to her second son Wednesday and never dreamed that one day later the baby would be fawned over by Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin and team mascot Bango. 

The new mom and baby, Marius Honeycutt, were among a group of five parents and newborns treated to receiving blankets by the Bucks and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.

“There’s nothing better than a swaddled baby,” said a beaming Feigin as he handed out a batch of blankets to some of the first babies born in 2019.

The Bucks and Froedtert plan to give blankets to every baby born at the four hospitals in the health care network this year. A spokeswoman said between 4,000 and 5,000 babies are born in the Froedtert hospitals every year.

“This is real special and unique,” Ford said. “It’s a nice way for them to give back to the community.”

Feigin noted that the gesture made sense for the Bucks and Froedtert & the Medical College, one of the team’s “founding partners” for the new downtown arena.

“If you ask brand managers for their dream, this would be it,” he joked.

The blankets will be distributed to newborns at the Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa as well as Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, St. Joseph’s Hospital near West Bend and St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie.

 

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