March of Dimes 22nd Annual Transportation, Building & Constructions Awards Held

| Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Industry Leaders Honored While Raising Funds for Healthier Babies

Philadelphia, PA, March 12, 2015 —

Over 1,200 guests gathered for the 22nd Annual Transportation, Building & Construction Awards held on Thursday, March 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  This event honors the leaders in both public and private sectors of transportation, building and construction industries.  Over $560,000 was raised to support the lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at giving every baby a healthy start in life.

The following individuals and projects were honored at today’s ceremonies:

2015 Service to Humanity Awards Recipients:
Suzanne Boda,Senior Vice President, American Airlines
Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq., Register of Wills,City of Philadelphia
Anthony Gallagher, Business Manager,Steamfitters Local 420
The 2015 Philadelphia Project of the Year Award: Dilworth Park

“It is a great privilege to be able to honor these outstanding individuals and projects,” Yassmin Gramian, Senior Vice President and Pennsylvania District Leader of HNTB and chairperson of the 2015 event.  “What makes this especially meaningful is that through this event, we are building better futures for tomorrow’s babies.”

The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and honored for their achievement and leadership in their respective professions and for their efforts to promote economic development within Southeastern Pennsylvania.  A.P. Construction, Inc. was the presenting sponsor of this year’s Transportation, Building & Construction Luncheon.

Today, one in every nine U.S. infants is born preterm. Due to concerted efforts by the March of Dimes and our partners, this number has gone down for the past seven consecutive years, but it is still too high. Preterm delivery can happen to any pregnant woman; in many cases, the cause of preterm birth is unknown. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death, and those babies who survive are more likely to suffer from intellectual and physical disabilities. In addition to its human, emotional, and financial impact on families, preterm birth places a tremendous economic burden on the nation.

Funds raised by the Philadelphia Transportation, Building and Construction Awards help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

Currently, the March of Dimes is investing more than $3.23 million in research and programs in Pennsylvania alone.  Funds raised by the Transportation, Building and Construction Awards supports research at several of Pennsylvania’s finest hospitals and institutions including The University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Magee- Women’s Research Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Weis Center for Research at Geisinger Medical Center. 

Pennsylvania is also proud to be the home of the latest Prematurity Research Center, part of the March of Dimes vision of a nationwide network bringing the best and brightest minds together to work and share information.  Launched in November 2014, the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania joined centers at Stanford University, the Ohio Collaborative and St. Louis. These remarkable researchers give an incredible boost to finding answers to the complex question of why babies are born too soon.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 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.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.