Celebrities Take Giant Steps in March for Babies® – Now it’s Up To You

Events across the Country Support Research into Preterm Birth and Other Infant Health Problems

White Plains, New York | Friday, April 16, 2010

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With two weeks to go to most March for Babies events, celebrities, sports stars, and elected officials pledged to join the March of Dimes to fight preterm birth and give all babies a healthy start in life. Preterm birth is the number one killer of newborns in the United States, and babies who survive often face lifelong health problems.

Stars from the TV shows Modern Family and The Biggest Loser and pro athletes from baseball and football will walk in March for Babies. The event helps fund research, advocacy and educational programs for stronger, healthier babies.

The goal for this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, is $100 million. Since 1970, the event has raised $1.8 billion to support research, advocacy and education programs in communities across the country, enabling more moms to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. March for Babies is held in nearly 900 communities across the country with more than 7 million people participating, including celebrity stars:


  • Country Music singer Ryder Lee in Nashville - 4/18
  • ABC’s Modern Family star Julie Bowen in Los Angeles – 4/24
  • TV Host and March of Dimes Mom volunteer Nancy O’Dell in Los Angeles 4/24
  • Latina superstar Dayanara Torres in Los Angeles - 4/24
  • Actress and March of Dimes Mom Volunteer Nicole Sullivan in Los Angles 4/24
  • Actress and March of Dimes Youth Volunteer Camille Winbush in Los Angeles -4/24
  • Days of our Lives actor Galen Gering in Los Angeles – 4/24
  • NBC’s Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent in St. Louis – 4/24 
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas in Atlanta – 4/24
  • Actor, singer, songwriter Carlos Ponce in Miami – 4/24
  • 7-Time Olympic Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller in Jacksonville, FL – 4/24
  • Actress Melissa Joan Hart in White Plains, NY – 4/25
  • American Idol winner and Grammy nominated singer, Jordin Sparks in New York, NY - 4/25
  • New York Giant wide receiver, Steve Smith in New York, NY – 4/25
  • Four-time World Series Champion for NY Mets and Yankees Darryl Strawberry in East Meadow, NY – 4/25
  • Grammy Nominated Rock Band for kids, Milkshake in Baltimore, MD - 4/25 
  • Boston’s infielder Kevin Youkilis in Boston – 5/8


“The March of Dimes is grateful not only to the thousands of individuals, companies and organizations who show their support each year for healthy babies, but also to these well-known television and sports stars who lend their celebrity status to help raise awareness about our mission,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes.

Below is a schedule of some upcoming March for Babies events. To find out where a March for Babies event takes place near you, visit marchforbabies.org.

Premature birth is a serious and costly problem. More than 540,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Schedule of Some Upcoming March for Babies Events:


Dallas, TX - White Rock Lake 4/17/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. – Start

Nashville, TN - Centennial Park 4/18/10
12:30 p.m. – Reg.
2:00 p.m. – Start

Los Angeles, CA - Exposition Park 4/24/10
7:00 a.m. – Reg.
8:30 a.m. – Start

Miami, FL - Crandon Park 4/24/10
7:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. – Start

Atlanta, GA - Georgia World Congress Center 4/24/10
7:30 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. - Start

Chicago, IL - Grant Park 4/25/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. – Start

Baltimore, MD - Camden Yards 4/25/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. – Start

Detroit, MI - Hart Plaza 4/25/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:00 a.m. – Start

New York, NY - Lincoln Center, 62nd Street 4/25/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
9:30 a.m. – Start

Kansas City, KS - Kansas City Power & Light District 5/1/10
8:00 a.m. – Reg.
10:00 a.m. – Start

Boston, MA - DCR Hatch Shell 5/8/10
11:30 a.m. – Reg.
12:30 p.m. – Start

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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