Charleston Chefs Help the March of Dimes raise $270,000 for Healthier Babies!
Charleston, South Carolina, September 19, 2013
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On September 5, 2013, nearly 500 guests savored the signature dishes of Charleston’s top chefs during the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, presented by Legacy Wealth Management, held in the Charleston Marriott’s Crystal Ballroom. In addition to the gourmet samplings, the event included one-of-a kind silent and live auction packages.
Guests were moved by a first-hand account of the impact the March of Dimes has had on the Linker family, from Charleston. Their triplets, Kelsey, Thomas and Easton, were born ten weeks early. Thomas spent 6 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before he could come home for the first time; Easton spent 7 weeks and finally after 11 ½ weeks Kelsey was able to come home.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year. The CDC recently released the preterm birth report announcing the preterm birth rate fell for the sixth consecutive year. This news also comes during the 10th anniversary of the March of Dimes campaign to reduce premature births. We are making a difference! On November 1, the March of Dimes will issue the annual report card on Premature Birth, giving the nation and each state a letter grade based upon prematurity rates. Last year, South Carolina received a “D” grade. Our state’s prematurity rate of 14.5% is the fourth worst in the nation.
“Thanks to the generous support of the participating restaurants, event sponsors and attendees, the March of Dimes raised more than $270,000 to support lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at giving every baby a healthy start. We are deeply grateful to everyone who donated to this year’s Signature Chefs Auction so the March of Dimes can continue working for stronger, healthier babies,” states Christian MacIver, Vice President, Pine Chemicals for MeadWestvaco and Event Chair.
Participating restaurants included: 82 Queen, Burtons Grill, Carolina’s Cru Café, Hall’s Chophouse, Hamby Catering & Events, Iacofano’s, Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, Poogan’s Porch, Relish, Rita’s, Saffire, Smokesouth and Virginia’s on King.
This year’s corporate sponsors included: Legacy Wealth Management; MeadWestvaco; North American Jet; Developmental Duffle; Billy Swails, State Farm Insurance; BTM Machinery; Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Hudson Nissan, Scout Boats and The Beach Company, among others. Media sponsors for the event were Charleston Living Magazine and 94.3 FM, Clear Channel Radio.
Each year, the South Carolina March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. 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. Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including 169 babies in South Carolina in an average week.
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.com/scmarchofdimes and Twitter.com/scmarchofdimes.