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    Dunk me for Babies

    Ginger Feldman, , (616) 247-6861, gfeldman@marchofdimes.com

    GE Aviation employees get dunked for babies'

    Grand Rapids, MI, April 22, 2013 —

    Vickie Pugsley stands next to the dunk tank trying not to get splashed at the March of Dimes event, which took place at GE Aviation on April 18. Sporting "Dunk Me for Babies" t-shirts the major GE leadership took a turn inside the dunk tank to make a big splash for babies. Over the course of the event the team raised $850, which will go toward research that could prevent birth defects and fight infant mortality. Entire departments showed up to take shots at their managers. Good natured heckling lead to the success of the event.

    "I can’t believe how my heart raced every time someone got close to hitting the target!" said Dawn Stanek who took her dunking with a great attitude. "It was fun for a great cause!" she added.

    The pivotal event was when the crowd, lead by Vicki Pugsley, rallied to raise more than $100 to get Amanda VandePol into the tank. Amanda had not planned to take part in the event, but was soon swept onto the tiny seat. She took her hits in stride and splashed down for babies.

    Ottis Crawford took his shots at each of the leaders adding, "This is personal. I have a personal connection to the March of Dimes and I wanted to give back in some way. It is an amazing organization." While supporting March of Dimes – which is celebrating its 75th year – Ottis Crawford said he has learned the organization also helps find ways to prevent various birth defects, which often results in the development of new treatments like the ones that helped his nephews daughter.

    Cameron Main was the relief pitcher who hit the target and sunk almost all the team. Employees began paying him to take shots for them.

    Thank you to everyone who took part in the event and especially to our "Dunkies", Tim McQueen, Vicki Pugsley, Courtney Kasselman, Jenny Callahan, Dawn Stanek, Mark Holtvluwer, Bill McNamara, and Luke Wackerle .

    GE Aviation will be taking part in the March for Babies event on April 27th at Farmers Foremost campus, Grand Rapids, MI The team has set a goals of $21,000 and has big plans to continue their work.

    New fundraisers are on the horizon, and Vickie Pugsley is eager to attract more volunteers. She says the effort is important for new and expecting moms, but it is educational for everyone.

    “March of Dimes has so much information to offer, even to people who are having healthy pregnancies and have healthy babies,” she says.

    Those interested in walking with GE Aviation to support the March of Dimes can sign up at www.marchforbabies.org .

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.




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