Local Businessman Leads March of Dimes Effort to Improve Health of Charlotte Babies
Charlotte, North Carolina, January 29, 2013
Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent preterm birth to give more babies a healthy start in life.
Today we are pleased to announce that Charlotte business leader and recently named Business North Carolina’s Mover and Shaker of the Year, Jim Rogers has taken on the role of 2013 March for Babies Chair. Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy Corp is making his commitment to the good health of moms and babies personal and meaningful.
March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013. More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one of them through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
As March for Babies Chair, Rogers will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent preterm birth and birth defects.
“When you participate in March for Babies, you give hope to the nearly 17,000 babies born too soon each year in North Carolina. The money you raise supports programs in our state that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies,” said Rogers. “I’m serving as the 2013 Chair for March for Babies because I believe if we can give a child a healthy birth, we have a positive impact on their future quality of life. I challenge Charlotte’s businesses and families to join me in raising critical funds so more families will know the joy of having a healthy baby.”
“We are honored to have the leadership of Jim Rogers and the support of the employees of Duke Energy,” said Densel Fleming, local March of Dimes division board chair. “When our local businesses and families come together for March for Babies they show the whole community the value of volunteer service and community involvement, and they impact the lives of babies and families in Charlotte and throughout our state.”
Charlotte residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. Last year, more than more than 7,000 people attended the event -- which will be held this year on April 27 in Uptown Charlotte.
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.
The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.