Thank you for supporting
The Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement

DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018  |  Time: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Aronimink Golf Club
ADDRESS: 3500 St. Davids Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073

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The Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement event honors outstanding women who have made Chester County a better place in which to live and work.

5:30 Cocktail Reception 
6:30 Dinner and Awards Presentation


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Robert Smoose 484-685-5849 or

The 2018 Honorees:

Ellen Ann Roberts Business Award
JoAnn Magnatta
Senior Vice President of Facilities Design and Construction/ Real Estate of Main Line Health

Health Award
Dana Heiman
Senior Vice President at the Brandywine Health Foundation

Public Service Award
Susan Boardman
Internship & Partnership Leader at the STEM Academy





My husband and I were so excited to become pregnant with our first child. I was 27 years old, and in perfect health. The beginning of my pregnancy was very normal…I took all the right vitamins, ate all the right foods, and saw the doctor at all the right times. My prenatal care was outstanding, and I took excellent care of myself. None of that mattered, though, when my water broke at 27 weeks, 2 days.  After being rushed to the hospital, our son Tobin was delivered by emergency C-section, three full months too early. He weighed less than three pounds, and could fit in the palm of my hand. That is, if I had been allowed to hold him…

There is nothing that can prepare you for the experience of the NICU. The first time I saw my son he was in an incubator in the NICU, with so many wires and sensors, IV’s and tubes that my mind could not process that this was my baby. There is no way to explain the feeling of helplessness that comes from knowing there is nothing you can do but wait and watch.

Even though Tobin was born 13 weeks too early, he was actually relatively healthy. The doctors told us he was strong, and that we needed to keep up hope. But hope can be challenging for a NICU family, and the experience can only be described as a roller coaster rideBut that expression simply cannot relay the day to day highs and lows a family experiences throughout their NICU journeySadly, our rollercoaster ride ended with a low. Tobin lost his life at 3 ½ weeks old. We did not understand how this could happen to us, and frankly, neither could our doctors. 

What my doctors were able to offer me, thanks to the March of Dimes, was the possibility of a different outcome though some relatively new advances. When I became pregnant again the following year, my doctors made it their mission to see a healthy baby at the end. I was labeled as high-risk and was very carefully monitored. But even with all this care, when I went into labor at 34 weeks, all I could think was, “Not again...”

This time, though, we were ready. I was given surfactant therapy, which the March of Dimes grantees helped develop, while I was in labor to try to speed the development of the baby’s lungs. My son Connor was born 6 weeks early, weighing 5 lbs14 oz. Connor spent 6 days in the NICU, but was never on a ventilator and was never intubated

Connor is now a beautiful, healthy, 14-year old ice hockey player. Aside from mild asthma, and a smaller stature that I keep telling him the women will love when he is older, he is in perfect health. Aside from the possibility of physical challenges, preemies also face the potential of mental challenges as a result of being born too early. We watched Connor’s milestones very closely as he has grown up, and we consider ourselves very lucky that he is not only on target for his age, but is well ahead of his class. In fact, we often say he is too smart for his own good!

I still stand here before you though as a parent without answers. We don’t know what caused my early deliveries in either case, and don’t know how they could have been prevented. I find this unacceptable in an age of such miraculous science and medicine. We did everything right, and we still went through one of the worse losses possible…that of a child. Please, understand that your support of the March of Dimes WILL lead to answers. I am fully confident that the March of Dimes research will, sooner than later, figure out what causes pre-term delivery in otherwise healthy mothers, and more importantly, how to stop it100% of the time. We need to continue to support their mission and give the world more Connors. Because a future any other way is simply unimaginable.

Sneak Peak:
*Turks and Caicos Getaway with Airline Tickets courtesy of American Airlines
*Flyers Suite Tickets
*Jekyll Island Golf Package
*Penn State vs Ohio State Package