Franklin Jones, Keller Williams Realty to Chair March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

| Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Culinary Event raises money for stronger, healthier babies

Columbia, SC, June 23, 2015 —
Contact: Sarah Travis,
stravis@marchofdimes.org, 803.601.2985

The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is pleased to announce that Franklin Jones and his wife Jennifer Jones of Columbia will serve as co-chairs for the 2015 Midlands Signature Chefs Auction. The event—which highlights the culinary excellence of the area’s finest chefs, will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm at The Columbia Marriott. The Platinum Sponsor is SCE&G.

The evening will begin with generous samplings of each chef’s signature dish. During this cocktail and sampling reception, guests have the opportunity to bid on silent auction packages. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, when the participating restaurants and chefs donate unique dining, travel and entertainment packages that are auctioned to the highest bidder.

“I’m honored to be part of this event which will help the March of Dimes continue their proud history of improving the health of babies,” Franklin Jones said. “Our state continues to have one of the highest rates or premature births in the country—affecting nearly 8,000 babies each year. The generous contributions of the restaurants, event sponsors and attendees will help fund vital research and community programs to save babies lives.”

There is still availability to participate in the event. Interested chefs, restaurants and sponsors should contact the March of Dimes at stravis@marchofdimes.org or 843.601.2985.

Event sponsors include: SCE&G and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

March of Dimes Staff are currently taking names for the event waiting list.  Should tickets become available, people will be contacted in the order in which they are put on the waiting list.  Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact the March of Dimes at stravis@marchofdimes.org or 843.601.2985 or marchofdimes.org/southcarolina for more information. The March of Dimes funds research to find the causes and ways to prevent premature birth. In half of all cases there is no known cause. Premature babies struggle to survive and may face life-long health consequences.

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.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Visit us at marchofdimes.org/southcarolina Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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