Lo­cals to put their best foot for­ward at ‘March for Ba­bies’ an­nual walk

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March for Ba­bies” is an an­nual cam­paign for March of Dimes, cul­mi­nat­ing on the day of the walk in more than 31 sites across Florida. Fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, lunch, fam­ily fun and pro­fes­sional sports teams, the lo­cal walk will take place May 3 at Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity-Davie Cam­pus. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 7 a.m., with the 3-mile walk kick­ing off at 8:30 a.m. The event raises funds for re­search, grants, ad­vo­cacy and med­i­cal break­throughs that en­able the March of Dimes to im­prove the health of ba­bies.

“‘March for Ba­bies’ is our pre­mier an­nual fundraiser, bring­ing to­gether fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity who have been touched by pre­ma­tu­rity, birth de­fects or loss,” said Broward’s event chair­man Dave Ross. Ross, se­nior vice pres­i­dent at Sun­Trust has been a sup­porter of “March for Ba­bies” for sev­eral years. “We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to join the cam­paign that se­cures the funds we need to help all ba­bies and to come out on May 3. It will be a fun day with fam­ily and friends, sup­port­ing a great cause.”

The first March of Dimes walk took place in San An­to­nio on Oct. 7, 1970. Since then, “March for Ba­bies” has raised $2 bil­lion na­tion­wide to ben­e­fit all ba­bies. More than 7 mil­lion people are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate this year. In 2013, nearly $8.7 mil­lion was raised in Florida.

Walk­ers can join a cor­po­rate team or a fam­ily team, or start a new one. In­di­vid­ual walk­ers are also wel­come to take part in the event. March of Dimes of­fers sev­eral fundrais­ing tools and tips, and mo­ti­vates teams and walk­ers through in­cen­tives such as gift cards, give­aways and recog­ni­tion by key con­stituents.

Pre­sented by Pe­di­a­trix spon­sors for the event in­clude Publix Su­per Mar­kets Inc., Broward Health, Cross County Home Ser­vices, Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, Phoenix Physi­cians, Sun­shine Health, Sun­Trust and SFL-TV.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.march­forba­bies.org.

Ghostbusters at last year’s event (photo by Bob Hart­mann)

Bar­bara Batchelder, left, Mickey Glass, Alan Price, Frank Fer­rero and Lou Troisi

Ja­son De­lim­itros, left, David Ross and Al­bert Fils

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