March of Dimes Celebration of Babies® builds on the nearly 80-year relationship between the entertainment industry and March of Dimes. Beginning with the fight to eradicate polio and continuing to today’s mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality, March of Dimes and the Hollywood have worked together to improve the health of moms and babies.
You can help this effort by donating today. The money we raise at this event helps the nearly 4 million babies born in the United States each year through March of Dimes research, education, support, and advocacy.
This year we honor: Jessica Alba, actor and founder of the Honest Company, with the 2015 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award. The award recognizes a celebrity mom for her commitment to help families and give all babies the healthiest start in life; Bela Bajaria, President, Universal Television, as the 2015 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother; and Dr. Michele Hakakha, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, with the 2015 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award for her dedication and special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies.
The event is co-chaired by President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz, his wife Joi and producer Wyck Godfrey and his wife Mary.
Adrianna Costa will be our red-carpet host and Nick Cannon will serve as master of ceremonies.
Event co-chairs include: Nicole A. Avant and Ted Sarandos, Yael and Scooter Braun, Kate and Paul Brooks, Risa and Cyril Drabinsky, Robert Greenblatt, Sheri and Mike Hopkins, Mindy Kaling, Donna Langley and Ramin Shamshiri, Mira and Brian Lee, Kelly and Ron Meyer, Kevin Reilly, Shannon and Michael Rotenberg, Laura and Jeff Shell, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.
Host committee members include: Tracy Anderson, Amanda Anka and Jason Bateman, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Lauren and Jason Blum, Catherine and Marty Bowen, Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Clar and Warren Dern, Marissa, Devins and Matt Rice, Vera Farmiga and Renn Hawkey, Tina Fey, Julia Franz and Chris Silbermann, Alex and Brad Fuller, Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle, Michael Kives, Ashley and David Kramer, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Richard Weitz, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman, and Carrie and Bill Zotti.
March of Dimes has long-standing ties to the Hollywood community. Since its founding in 1938, supporters over the years have included Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Eddie Cantor, Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz and Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few.