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    H. Spann Laffitte, Jr., of Delta Dental To Chair March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    Columbia, South Carolina, October 16, 2013 —

    Contact: Amanda DuPre, adupre@marchofdimes.com or 803-403-8525

    The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is pleased to announce that H. Spann Laffitte Jr., Vice President of Sales and Account Management, for Delta Dental in Columbia, SC is chair of the 2013 Midlands Signature Chefs Auction, an evening celebrating great food and great giving. The event, which highlights the culinary excellence of the area’s most innovative and talented chefs, will be held on November 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Columbia Marriott and benefits the March of Dimes. From polio to prematurity, the March of Dimes has spent the last 75 years fighting for stronger, healthier moms and babies. Our mission is IN ACTION across the community, state and nation through research, grants, community programs, education initiatives and advocacy efforts.

    The evening begins with a cocktail and tasting reception where guests have the opportunity to visit each chef’s station to sample their signature dishes, as well as to bid on exciting packages in the silent auction. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, which features one-of-a-kind dining, travel and entertainment packages generously donated by participating restaurants and chefs, and auctioned off to the highest bidder. To date participating chefs and restaurants include: Basil Thai Restaurant, Blue Marlin, Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, Capital City Club, Columbia Marriott, Earth Fare, iI Giorgione Pizzeria and Wine Bar, The Kraken Gastropub, Let Them Eat Cake, , Saluda’s, The Oak Table, Cupcake, and The Oyster Bar

    Jeffrey and Alexa Bigwarfe and their family are serving as the Midlands 2013 Signature Chefs Auction Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the lifesaving work of the March of Dimes. The Bigwarfe’s understand firsthand what it can mean when a baby is born too soon or too sick. Twins Charis and Kathryn were born 10 weeks early, weighing less than two pounds each. Kathryn survived only two days. Her sister, Charis, had to spend 12 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before she was healthy enough to be taken home. Today, at almost 2 years old, Charis weighs 20 pounds, runs, climbs on everything and is progressing positively with her speech. Her parents, Jeffrey and Alexa, understand the significant role that March of Dimes research played in their twin daughters lives.  

    “No parent should have to experience the life-changing journey that happens when a baby is born too soon,” said mom Alexa.  “That’s why we’re honored to have this opportunity to help the March of Dimes continue working for the day when every family knows the joy of having a healthy baby.” 

    Event sponsors include: Lexington Medical Center, Columbia Eye Clinic, SCE&G, CSX, Pediatrix, BSCS of South Carolina, GIS, Nelson Mullins, The State, Magic 98.5, Columbia Living Magazine , WLTX and Sun Printing

    Tickets for the event are $150 per person and may be purchased at signaturechefs.org/columbia. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available, contact Anne Genevieve Gallivan at agallivan@marchofdimes.com or at 803-403-8524 for more information.

    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 www.marchofdimes.com/southcarolina and find us on Facebook  and Twitter.

    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.

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