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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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    Top Ten Sponsor Marks Milestone with March of Dimes March for Babies

    For their efforts to fund research and programs that promote healthier pregnancies and bring hope and comfort to families with a sick or premature baby, we thank one of our top ten corporate teams, H-E-B, which raised $745,542, more than $70,000 over 2013!

    2015 March for Babies will mark H-E-B’s 10th year as a sponsor!

                                                 

    San Antonio Marks Auction Record in 2014

    San Antonio’s 26th annual Signature Chefs Auction set a fundraising record with $285,000 on October 24th, 2014. Serving for her second year in a row as Lead Chef, Heather Nañez from Bohanan’s rounded up 23 of the Alamo City’s most prominent chefs for an evening benefiting babies and families. The event, hosted at Hyatt Regency’s Hill Country Resort and Spa, featured big board and live auctions, Fund the Mission and a sampling of each chef’s savory creations for the 450 guests in attendance.

    The March of Dimes mission was the focus of the evening, highlighted through the story of Avery Miller. Ashton and Katie Miller shared the story of Avery’s life and described how treatments discovered through March of Dimes funded research gave them 13 days with their daughter.

    Event co-chair, Dr. Sanjie Garza-Cox from Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, introduced two NICU nurses who brought a hand-made quilt featuring designs from the footprints and handprints of premature infants currently in the NCIU. The quilt was featured during the Fund the Mission portion of the evening and has been donated back to the NICU at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Event co-chair, Erica Castro, is currently pregnant with her second child and was unable to travel to the event. In a video message Erica said, “in San Antonio alone, 4,300 babies are born premature each year. That is 4,300 babies too many. March of Dimes has made it their mission to end prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality through research, advocacy, and programs…this evening is an opportunity for us to all work together for stronger, healthier babies.”

    All proceeds from the Signature Chefs Auction benefitted March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

     

           

    Dell Goes Purple for Prematurity Awareness Month

    A huge Thank You to Dell, Inc. for their Global Initiative to Go Purple For Preemies the month of November. As part of Dell World 2014, Dell asked all employees in attendance to wear purple and visit the March of Dimes exhibit booth. Employees across the globe are also asked to wear purple throughout the month of November. So far, more than 800 Global Dell employees have celebrated the Go Purple for Preemies campaign since November 6th. Thank you, Dell, for continuing to support the March of Dimes mission!


                                                    
             

    Fort Worth Chefs Worked Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    The 2014 Signature Chefs Auction Fort Worth raised approximately $250,000 for March of Dimes on Sept. 18 at River Ranch – Fort Worth Stockyards.  The event, which attracted 400 guests, featured a record 22 tasting stations and a big board and live auction. The Signature Chefs Auction Fort Worth was under the leadership of honorary chair Dan Lowrance, event chair Winjie Tang Miao and lead chef Molly McCook of Ellerbe Fine Foods.

    The evening was highlighted by Fund the Mission -- the 2014 Ambassador Family, Arden and Paul Jenkins along with their children Pierson, Parker, Edith, and Lake shared their story.  The Jenkins’ 17-month old  daughter, Lake, was born with a congenital heart defect.  The March of Dimes successfully advocated for critical congenital heart defect screening in 2013, and it was added to the state of Texas newborn screening panel last month to help save babies’ lives.

    At the end of the night, Chef Molly McCook announced she will serve as the lead chef in 2015 for the fourth consecutive year.

    All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

                                       
                                                  Credit: Johnny Latham, Cowtown Paparazzi Photography

    Texas volunteer Rosemary Schatzman honored in Phoenix

    We are so proud to announce that our long-time volunteer, Rosemary Schatzman, was awarded the Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service award. This is the most prestigious March of Dimes award given annually at a national level. Rosemary's tireless and dedicated support in her 17-year tenure as a volunteer has made a substantial impact on our organization, including, raising more than $4.5 MILLION dollars during this time period.

    While in Phoenix last week, Rosemary received this award from our President Dr. Jennifer Howse. She got a well-deserved standing ovation from the approximately 300 people in the audience and many whoops and whistles from those of us from Texas. During her speech, Rosemary took the opportunity to show great stewardship skills and turned the moment into an expression of gratitude for all the people who have supported her in what is a very personal cause.

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, and congratulations!!

    Austin Shows Appreciation for Some Special Volunteers

    In observance of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Austin honored our Programs Services Committee members!

                                         

    Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Presentation success helps Texas Babies
               
                                        

    Thank you to Neiman Marcus and the Houston Chronicle for your support of Texas moms and babies through the Annual Best Dressed Luncheon + Fashion Presentation. This year's event raised $395,000 for research and community programs!

    Participate in 30 Days of Giving and support the March of Dimes!
     
                                                         
    Throughout the month of March, participating Houston location Palais Royal Stores will make it easy for customers to make a donation to the March of Dimes during "30 Days of Giving"! Help moms reach full-term and babies be born stronger and healthier while you shop!

    Our 2014 March for Babies events are kicking off in special ways all across Texas!

                                
                

    Family Teams Chair, Katie Hoover, and her family enjoyed painting ceramics with many other young artists at Corpus Christi's "Paint It" ceramics studio for Family Fun Night. Part of the proceeds will benefit the upcoming March for Babies event May 10th at Heritage Park. The event was open to the public providing a creative opportunity to share March of Dimes's mission and event information with many families."
         
                                                  

    We are proud to recognize Stripes® Convenience Stores as our #1 Corporate Partner in Texas. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them by “helping moms and babies $1 at a time”

                                                           

    As we approach World Prematurity Day on November 17th, people all across Texas are "Going Purple for Preemies" to show their support of Prematurity Awareness Month this November. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! #txpreemies


                                                    

    Stripes® Convenience Stores employees and managers toured Texas NICUs this week displaying their support for our tiniest Texans. From Sept 30 to October 13, visit any Stripes® Convenience Store and donate $1 to help fund research and programs that help give all babies the chance to be born healthy.  #1helpsbabies

                                                            
                                                              Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center NICU in Waco

                                                            
                                                  The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston with Neonatologist,
                                    Jayne Finkowski; Holly Reynolds, NICU Director and Neonatologist, Joanie Hare

    Macy's Shop for a Cause

    Macy’s “Shop for a Cause” event is just around the corner on August 24! Our Family Teams are already thanking Macy’s staff for making a difference in the lives of Texas moms and babies! Both the Leonidas Family Team  in Corpus Christi and Team Chunky Monkey in The Woodlands visited with Macy’s to share their stories and give a personal thank you for their support!

    Visit your local Macy's store to purchase the $5 savings pass to use on August 24th and you can save 25% on your in-store purchases! 100% of the $5 pass goes to March of Dimes, the exclusive in-store beneficiary. Can’t get to the store? Purchase the pass by texting SHOP to 20222 & it delivers to your phone! Join our event & spread the word!

                              

    Bryan/College Station Signature Chefs Auction Kickoff Party

    March of Dimes supporters and food lovers alike in our Bryan/College Station division had an amazing time at Ronin Cooking on Sunday at the 2013 Signature Chefs Kick-Off Party! Thanks to Lead Chef, Brian Light and his wife, Amanda for hosting and for Chef Peter Madden (Maddens Casual Gourmet), Chef Tai Lee (Veritas Wine & Bistro) and Chef Michael Manchaca (Traditions Club) for fighting the heat! The food prepared by Chef Light was amazing and the setting was perfect. Still hungry for more? Bryan/College Station’s Signature Chefs Auction takes place Thursday, October 3rd. Contact Katy Scott for more information or to learn how to Fund The Mission at kscott@marchofdimes.org.

          
           


    March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology awarded in Texas

    We are pleased to announce that Eric N. Olson, Ph.D., has received the 2013 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. Dr. Olson studies the genetic signals that control muscle cell development. He and his colleagues have shown in mice that newborn hearts can regenerate to a surprising degree in the first week after birth. They have also identified a number of proteins and microRNAs that promote regeneration in older hearts. This annual prize, first awarded in 1996 to honor Dr. Jonas Salk, recognizes "investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects."

                                                   


    March of Dimes gains success in Texas legislature

    The bill that will ensure all Texas newborns are screened for Critical Congenital Heart Disease, HB 740 by Rep. Crownover & Sen. Deuell, passed the Senate and will now make its way to the Governor to be signed into law. March of Dimes wants to thank Rep. Crownover & Sen. Deuell for their hard work. You are truly champions for babies!! Read more here: http://bit.ly/10K188X

                                                   


    March for Babies scores big with cutout campaign

    Our cutout campaign that took place at United Supermarkets, Amigos and Market Street stores raised over $57,000! We are so grateful to these store partners and their patrons for their support in helping Texas moms and babies!

                                                       






    HB 15 Update

    March of Dimes thanks Rep. Lois Kolkhorst for her leadership on HB 15, which establishes NICU and maternal levels of care for Texas hospitals. HB 15 was passed by the Texas House yesterday and now moves to the Texas Senate for consideration. Watch the Fox 7 Austin news segment here: http://bit.ly/Z3bOSL

                                           

    March for Babies and Be a Winner!

    All walkers who raise $350* or more online will be entered to win 2 United Airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States. Deadline April 19th.

    $750 or more online will be entered to win a ride along with FedEx driver, Denny Hamlin. Deadline April 28th.

    $1,000 or more are eligible for random selection to attend the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. (Sept. 26–28). Includes travel and 2 nights at the Hyatt Capitol Hill. Deadline June 30th.

    Texas Family Teams who raise $1,000 or more will be entered to win a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Volunteer Leadership Conference (Sept. 26-28, 2013). Includes 4 United Airline tickets and hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Capitol Hill. Deadline June 30th.

                                                          

    *Incentive offered to Texas walkers only.

    Go to marchforbabies.org to get started.

    HB 10 Funding for Medicaid Shortfall for 2013

    On March 13, 2013 the Governor signed HB 10 into law. HB 10 contained emergency appropriations funding for various Texas programs including funding for Medicaid & CHIP. During the last legislative session, the Legislature had deferred $4.7 billion in Medicaid funding until January 2013. HB 10 provided this funding so that the pregnant women and newborns in Texas will continue to receive services through the rest of 2013. The March of Dimes played a key role in getting this bill passed, our lobby day volunteers met with all legislative offices including the Governor’s office (pictured) to request support for the passage of this legislation.

                                   
                                   

    On March 13, 2013 the Governor signed HB 10 into law. HB 10 contained emergency appropriations funding for various Texas programs including funding for Medicaid & CHIP. During the last legislative session, the Legislature had deferred $4.7 billion in Medicaid funding until January 2013. HB 10 provided this funding so that the pregnant women and newborns in Texas will continue to receive services through the rest of 2013. The March of Dimes played a key role in getting this bill passed, our lobby day volunteers met with all legislative offices including the Governor’s office (pictured) to request support for the passage of this legislation.                                                              

    H-E-B Tear Pad Campaign

    H-E-B launches its tearpad fundraising campaign benefitting March of Dimes Texas Chapter and 2013 March for Babies. The campaign, taking place from now until April 1, 2013, offers Texas H-E-B and Central Market customers the opportunity to contribute to the March of Dimes by adding a donation in increments of $1, $3, or $5 to their total grocery bill.

    Last year through the March of Dimes tearpad campaign, H-E-B raised more than $310,000 to support March of Dimes March for Babies. With this contribution, along with employee fundraising and sponsorship, H-E-B continues to be the #1 fundraising team in Texas. To locate or find additional information about a participating store, visit heb.com and enter your ZIP code.

    H-E-B launches its tearpad fundraising campaign benefitting March of Dimes Texas Chapter and 2013 March for Babies. The campaign, taking place from now until April 1, 2013, offers Texas H-E-B and Central Market customers the opportunity to contribute to the March of Dimes by adding a donation in increments of $1, $3, or $5 to their total grocery bill.Last year through the March of Dimes tearpad campaign, H-E-B raised more than $310,000 to support March of Dimes March for Babies. With this contribution, along with employee fundraising and sponsorship, H-E-B continues to be the #1 fundraising team in Texas. To locate or find additional information about a participating store, visit and enter your ZIP code.

    H-E-B launches its tearpad fundraising campaign benefitting March of Dimes Texas Chapter and 2013 March for Babies. The campaign, taking place from now until April 1, 2013, offers Texas H-E-B and Central Market customers the opportunity to contribute to the March of Dimes by adding a donation in increments of $1, $3, or $5 to their total grocery bill.Last year through the March of Dimes tearpad campaign, H-E-B raised more than $310,000 to support March of Dimes March for Babies. With this contribution, along with employee fundraising and sponsorship, H-E-B continues to be the #1 fundraising team in Texas. To locate or find additional information about a participating store, visit and enter your ZIP code.


    Division Highlights

    This is just a glimpse of the incredible momentum of the Texas Chapter in 2013. Please join us in congratulating our amazing Texas staff and volunteers for these 1st quarter successes!

    Amarillo
    Cultivated partnership with United Supermarkets to run cut-out campaign from April 17-28th in all 50 of their Texas stores

    Austin
    March of Dimes Austin is happy to announce that ERCOT has confirmed its participation in the 2014 March for Babies event. ERCOT is the first new company in Austin to sign up for the 2014 event, which will be held on May 10, 2014 at Old Settlers Park, Round Rock. Thanks to Brad Jones, March of Dimes Austin Board member and Vice President of Commercial Operations at ERCOT, for informing the company about our mission and recruiting their support to help our tiniest Texans!

    Bryan/College Station
    Secured Maureen and Dr. Craig Steiner, neonatologist at The College Station Medical Center & St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, as 2013 Signature Chefs Chairs

    Corpus Christi
    Dr. Nirupama Patel continues to be  Corpus Christi’s #1 fundraiser! She raised more than $12,000.00 in 2012.  This year, she is currently at $16,040.00. Talk about being your best for babies!

                                                       

    El Paso
    Secured Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial Hospital and Sierra Medical Center of El Paso, as 2014 March for Babies Chairman

    Fort Worth

    Fort Worth, Texas Magazine's Paul Harral addresses the serious problem of premature birth--sharing his personal story and visiting with local neonatologist Dr. Victor Y. Levy. Join the fight against prematurity at the Signature Chefs Auction Fort Worth Sept. 26. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes and funds lifesaving research. Please visit www.signaturechefsfortworth.com for more information.

                                                  
                                                                   

    The Cowtown Cradles Community Baby Shower in Fort Worth encourages pregnant women to seek early and consistent prenatal care through free incentive-based community education programs. Caring people showed their support for March of Dimes by donating baby items on Friday July 26th at Baylor Health Care System All Saints Medical Center. CBS 11 provided live updates at the event. For more information, visit: www.marchofdimes.com/cowtowncradles.                                            
                             
                                                            

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    Houston

    Houston March for Babies Presenting Sponsor helps Texas chapter by showing the power of baby…

    Our friends at Reliant Energy are offering the Reliant BabyPower 12 electricity plan in Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth! Sign up for this 12 month plan and Reliant will make a $100 donation to March of Dimes. Plus, you'll get a $100 bill credit. But hurry - the offer ends at the end of June!

                                                     
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    Houston Community College (HCC) did a manicuring/photo booth event to raise funds for March of Dimes.

                                                  

    BG Group (Houston’s #9 team in 2012, raising $101.816) did a Crawl for Babies. BG Crawl for Babies is a six station baby-themed obstacle to be completed by participating staff who receive the most votes. BG Group staff are encouraged to donate $5 to vote on the staff member they want to see complete the course. The floor who raises the most funds, will host the event on their floor. Their goal is to raise $7,500 per floor and build a team of 75 walkers.

                                                

    Lubbock
    Lubbock is proud to host their 11th Annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower. This year they aim to “Fill the Baby Bus”!

                                                      

    July 20th, 2013
    10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
    Kmart, 6501 University Ave.
    Lubbock, TX

    Drop off a new baby item or monetary donation to support Stork’s Nest!
    Stork’s Nest helps pregnant women access early and consistent prenatal care and provides education about how to have the healthiest baby possible!

    The wish list includes: diapers, wipes, baby hygiene items, bottles, pacifiers, blankets, clothing, boppies, diaper bags, toys, breast pumps, teething rings/toys, vaporizers/humidifiers, onesies, socks/booties, hats, baby monitors and crib sheets.”


     

    Lubbock Perinatal Coalition to Unveil “Baby Bus”

    On Friday, June 14, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Kmart, 6501 University, the March of Dimes, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Stork’s Nest and other members of the Lubbock Perinatal Coalition will be unveiling a Citibus wrapped with the message, “If your pregnancy is healthy wait for labor to begin on its own.” The bus is part of a campaign to educate the public on the importance of not scheduling elective inductions and c-sections. The Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait® campaign urges women with healthy pregnancies to wait for labor to begin on its own. It’s best to wait until 39-40 weeks gestation.

                Members of the Lubbock Perinatal Coalition, March of Dimes Program Services Committee and Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein  L to R: Emily Warner, Lubbock March of Dimes Intern; Brittani Kite, Community Director; Ashley Harder, Division Director; Amy Johnson-Rubio, Director of Program Services; Delia Case, State Director of Field Services

    Left photo - Members of the Lubbock Perinatal Coalition, March of Dimes Program Services Committee and Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein. Right photo - L to R: Emily Warner, Lubbock March of Dimes Intern; Brittani Kite, Community Director; Ashley Harder, Division Director; Amy Johnson-Rubio, Director of Program Services; Delia Case, State Director of Field Services

    “We know that sometimes it’s necessary to deliver a baby early for medical reasons, or sometimes preterm labor happens and can’t be stopped, but what we want people to realize when they see the message on this bus is that it’s important not to schedule a baby’s delivery for convenience,” said Amy Johnson-Rubio, Director of Program Services for the March of Dimes. “Babies born even a couple of weeks too soon can have problems."

    The bus will also be a part of the 11th Annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower on July 20, from 10:00-2:00 at Kmart. The community will be invited to come “Fill the Baby Bus” with baby items to benefit Stork’s Nest clients. Stork’s Nest is a local program that helps women access early and consistent prenatal care and comprehensive education about how to have the healthiest baby possible.

                                                   



    Cultivated partnership with United Supermarkets to run cut-out campaign from April 17-28th in all 50 of their Texas stores

    McAllen

    More than 250 people browsed over 25 different exhibitors from comic book collectors to sports card collectors at this year's Collectibles Show by Hobbies and Heroes in McAllen,TX. Proceeds benefited March of Dimes!

    San Antonio
                                                  
                                                       
     
    A former preemie and daughter of long standing March of Dimes San Antonio Board Member, Christie Goodman, decided to help raise awareness about prematurity and, in the process, was able to build a successful project from the ground up.

    Throughout this year, Leslie Goodman has worked on raising money and, with that money, ordered supplies Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) kits. Inside this kit, there is a March of Dimes journal/pen, NICU "Share Your Story" brochure, March for Babies brochure, bilingual NICU coloring book/crayons for siblings of the preemies, Plushland stuffed bear, and a special letter from Leslie herself.

    March of Dimes has been in contact with three of their partnering hospitals to receive these kits. University Health System, also the March of Dimes San Antonio 75th Anniversary Sponsor, was the first delivery on Tuesday, July 9th. Leslie was able to personally hand some of the kits to families currently in the NICU and spent nearly two hours there!

    News 4 WOAI's Randy Escamilla reported on this story and Fox News First also interviewed Leslie and Christie the morning of. The hope, in the coming weeks, is to also deliver to SAMMC and Southwest General Hospital.


    75th Anniversary Sponsor, University Health System

    In this monumental year, University Health System, a long time March of Dimes partner is the 75th Anniversary Sponsor coming in at $75,000.  This is the largest sponsorship that the San Antonio Division has secured. Thank you to University Health System for making this possible.

    As Bexar County and South Texas’ first and only health system to earn Magnet status, they understand the importance of preventing premature birth and are hard at work fighting this battle everyday. At almost $50,000 from birth through the first year, the average cost to care for a premature baby is more than 10 times as high as it is for a healthy, full-term baby. Organizations like University Health System partner with the March of Dimes through March for Babies to reduce the burden and help improve the health of all babies.                                                    
                                                        
    Waco

    March of Dimes Waco division donations are hard at work

    Early today, March of Dimes Waco staff headed to the West Community Center to pitch in for moms and babies in West that were affected by the explosion. They brought much needed diapers and formula for families currently without resources. Diapers are still needed. You can help by contacting our Waco office at (254) 741-1025.

                                                          


     

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