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Reliant has an electricity plan for supporters like you! When you sign up for the Reliant BabyPower 12 plan, Reliant will make a $100 donation to help improve the lives of Texas babies and you'll get a $100 bill credit as a thank you!
Helping Moms and Babies is now as easy as 1…3…5 at your local H-E-B or Central Market Store!
From February 10 to March 29, you can shop at your local H-E-B or Central Market stores and support the March of Dimes by purchasing a $1, $3 or $5 coupon through the Customer Donation Program. H-E-B has stores in more than 150 communities across the state of Texas.
Last year through the Customer Donation Program, H-E-B raised $422,000 to support March of Dimes March for Babies. To locate a store near you, visit heb.com and enter your ZIP code. Help us continue to support healthy babies in Texas!
2015 Lobby Day
On February 19 March of Dimes staff and volunteers will advocate for issues that matter to moms and babies at the Texas Capitol! If you can’t be there in person follow along with us on Facebook (/marchofdimes.tx) and Twitter (@marchofdimestx) using hashtag #MODTXLobby. Let your elected officials know you care about Texas moms and babies!
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!
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!
Austin Shows Appreciation for Some Special Volunteers
In observance of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Austin honored our Programs Services Committee members!
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 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 email@example.com.
Secured Maureen and Dr. Craig Steiner, neonatologist at The College Station Medical Center & St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, as 2013 Signature Chefs Chairs
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!
Secured Eric Evans, CEO of Providence Memorial Hospital and Sierra Medical Center of El Paso, as 2014 March for Babies Chairman
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
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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Palais Royal In-Store Coupon to Support the March of Dimes
Palais Royal is offering $10 off of $25 or more purchases made in stores!
Get ahold of the official coupon through this link and shop for babies!
Montgomery County March for Babies Update Montgomery County and Beaumont Walk Information
March for Babies may have been rained out, but rain can't keep us down! Let's get together and celebrate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission.
Due to severe weather Montgomery County & Beaumont March for Babies have been canceled. Please stay tuned for more information.
Montgomery County and Beaumont Walk Information
United Airlines Brings March of Dimes to the Friendly Skies
Long-time volunteer Rosemary Schatzman represents Houston at the inaugural flight of the United Airlines - March of Dimes plane! Rosemary recently chaired a record breaking Best Dressed Luncheon. Thank you to both Rosemary and United for your support of the March of Dimes!
Spring Days of Giving at Bealls, Palais Royal and Stage Stores
The 2015 Spring 30 Days of Giving campaign kicks off March 1 at participating Bealls, Palais Royal, Stage stores and online at stagestores.com. Customers will have the option to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the stores that have selected March of Dimes as their organization of choice or customers can choose to donate $1 online. The campaign last through March 31. Thank you, Stage Stores, for helping Texas moms and babies!
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!!
Participate in 30 Days of Giving and support the March of Dimes! Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Presentation success helps Texas Babies
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!
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! Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Presentation success helps Texas Babies
Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Presentation success helps Texas Babies
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 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.
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.
“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
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 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.
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 ISD Employees Show Support Through Successful Blue Jeans for Babies Campaign
This was Waco Independent School District’s first year to get involved with March of Dimes by offering a Blue Jeans for Babies day to their administration. Superintendent, Dr. Bonnie Cain, presented Beck Goss-Shepherd with a check for part of a grand total of $4,600!
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.