Wilson top March of Dimes fundraiser for Mary­land

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS -

PRE­STON — David H. Wilson, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group, is the num­ber one in­di­vid­ual fundraiser for March of Dimes for Mary­land, the non­profit an­nounced.

Wilson raised more than $25,000 for this year’s Mid-Shore March for Ba­bies walk.

More than 3,000 par­tic­i­pants gath­ered across the state, from the lower East­ern Shore to western Mary­land, to raise funds to help give ev­ery baby the best pos­si­ble start.

Dur­ing the past 30 years, Wilson has per­son­ally raised $304,000 for March of Dimes March for Ba­bies walks.

“David truly cares for our com­mu­nity,” Jes­sica Hales, se­nior de­vel­op­ment man­ager for the March of Dimes, said. “He is not only rais­ing crit­i­cal funds for the mis­sion, he is also rais­ing aware­ness for the health threats fac­ing moms and ba­bies.”

Pre­ma­ture birth and its com­pli­ca­tions are the largest con­trib­u­tors to in­fant death in the U.S. and preg­nancy-re­lated death has more than dou­bled over the past 25 years. From ad­vo­cacy to education to re­search, March of Dimes is work­ing to level the play­ing field so that all moms and ba­bies are healthy.

“As a fa­ther of five healthy chil­dren, I am hon­ored and hum­bled to sup­port March of Dimes and all of their efforts,” Wilson said. “It’s awe­some to see our as­so­ciates and fam­ily rally be­hind such a great cause. We all had many sleep­less nights wor­ry­ing about Bren­dan Dixon, son of Howard and Michelle Dixon, long-term as­so­ciates of Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group, who was born pre­ma­turely. Watch­ing Bren­dan be­come an ad­vo­cate has been a game changer for all of us at the Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group.”

March of Dimes is celebrating its 80th an­niver­sary this year. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved, call 410546-2241.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

David H. Wilson, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group, is the num­ber one in­di­vid­ual fundraiser for March of Dimes for Mary­land, the non­profit an­nounced. Wilson raised more than $25,000 for this year’s Mid-Shore March for Ba­bies walk. David Wilson Jr., left, and David H. Wilson, right, pose with a par­tic­i­pant at this year’s March of Dimes walk.

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