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Sherri Shepherd attends Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Awards Dinner on June 26

Los Angeles, California — Friday, June 26, 2009

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Sherri Shepherd joined Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Chair, Faye McClure, in Los Angeles for the 11th annual Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Awards Dinner on Friday, June 26. More than 400 guests participated at the March of Dimes gala, sponsored by Farmers® Insurance, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. The event honors prominent individuals who have significantly impacted the African-American community and raises awareness of the crisis of premature birth.

March of Dimes honored three individuals for their work in the African-American community — Dr. Lloyd B. Greig, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, J. Melvin Muse, Chairman & CCO, Muse Communications Inc., and Pamela Wiley-Wells, Ph.D., F-ASHA, President, Los Angeles Center for Speech and Language Development.

“This event is a touching tribute to those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others,” said Ms. McClure. “We are here to honor these individuals and to raise awareness of the number one threat to the health of African-American babies — premature birth.”

Sherri, a volunteer for the March of Dimes, shared her personal story of the premature birth of her son, Jeffrey, who was born three months before his due date and spent months in the neonatal intensive care unit. Other celebrities joining her at the event included American Idol® Music Director Rickey Minor. Mr. Minor produced the musical program, which included a live performance by multiple Grammy® Award Winner Deniece Williams and The Whispers. Actresses Vanessa Williams and Camille Winbush and comedian Lewis Dix, Jr. hosted the program.

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures event has raised more than $1.5 million to help fund March of Dimes efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, 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 health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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