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