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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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    Spartanburg Signature Chefs Chair Announced

    Spartanburg, South Carolina, June 11, 2013 —

    The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabriel O’Sullivan of Spartanburg will serve as chair for the 2013 Signature Chefs Auction. The event—which highlights the culinary excellence of the area’s finest chefs, will be held on October 10 at 6:30 pm at the Spartanburg Marriott. The event is presented by Orthopedic Specialties.

    The evening will begin with generous samplings of each chef’s signature dish. During this cocktail and sampling reception, guests have the opportunity to bid on silent auction packages. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, when the participating restaurants and chefs donate unique dining, travel and entertainment packages that are auctioned to the highest bidder. To date participating chefs and restaurants include: II Samuels, City Range, and Cupcake Creations.

    “This is a special year for the March of Dimes as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organization. I’m proud to be part of this event which will help the March of Dimes continue their proud history of improving the health of babies,” Dr. O’Sullivan said. “Our state continues to have one of the highest rates or premature births in the country—affecting nearly 9,000 babies each year. The generous contributions of the restaurants, event sponsors and attendees will help fund vital research and community programs to save babies lives.”

    There is still availability to participate in the event. Interested chefs or restaurants should contact the March of Dimes at 864-551-2649.

    Event sponsors include: NeoPeds and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Tickets for the event are $100 per person, or $1250 for a corporate table of ten.   Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact the March of Dimes at lvickery@marchofdimes.com or marchofdimes.com/southcarolina for more information. The March of Dimes funds research to find the causes and ways to prevent premature birth—an infant health crisis that affects one in six babies. In half of all cases there is no known cause. Premature babies struggle to survive and may face life-long health consequences.

    Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community programs. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues to strive to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.

    In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  About four million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education. For more information visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina and find us on Facebook  and Twitter.

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