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30 Apr

Rained Out?

Posted by Linda

March for Babies takes place rain or shine. But, obviously, the “shine” part makes it a lot easier to come out, especially if you have little ones with you. If you braved the weather: THANK YOU! If you missed your walk because the clouds got in the way, so sorry about that. But, please, don’t let our babies miss out, too!


Here’s how you can still help, even after your walk has passed:


∙ Continue raising money to reach your goal


∙ Send reminders to people who planned to donate but haven’t yet

∙ Hand in cash and check donations to your chapter


There are plenty of walks coming up this weekend. Are you walking? If so, I’ll do my best to send clear skies your way!

28 Apr

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. won the friendly challenge with the Alphas in the 2009 March for Babies campaign. President Underwood, pictured 3rd from the left with other Zeta leadership, have no plans to let the trophy leave the Zeta’s headquarters in 2010.

You can see the Zetas receiving their award at the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference last fall. Pictured L-R: Brent Minor, March of Dimes Board of Trustee member; Erma Fouchee, Florida State Director for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority President Sheryl Underwoond; Harris Brooks, Board of Trustee member; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Past President and March of Dimes LA Board Chair Dr. Barbara W. Carpenter and Stork’s Nest Founder and Chair Evelyn Brown

Who do you have a challenge with? Another Greek partner? Another school? Or just against your total raised the previous year? Share your keys to success in the comments!

27 Apr

This is shopping with zero guilt. For any eBay purchase you make this week with PayPal, you can support the March of Dimes.

It’s easy, check the little box at checkout and donate a dollar or more to support healthy babies.


If you’re a seller on eBay, you’ll see us featured when you create a listing this week. You can donate 10-100% of your final sale price.


It’s an easy way to do a lot of good. Shop today.

27 Apr

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity President Herman “Skip” Mason asks the Alpha brothers to organize their March for Babies teams and raise funds for this important cause, in the following video.

Thanks to all Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members who walked so far in 2010 March for Babies, and all those planning to walk! Alpha members were spotted across the country this weekend and more are stil gearing up for upcoming events. Let us know about the success of your Greek life group or community organization at March for Babies in the comments section!

26 Apr

Celebrity volunteers joined more than 10,000 walkers for March for Babies in Los Angeles this past Saturday, April 24. Stars from the TV shows Modern Family, Days of Our Lives, and Rita Rocks turned out with their families and friends! In the photo, you can see Kevin Kelso, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Farmers Insurance, with ABC’s Modern Family co-stars and on-air mother-daughter team, Ariel Winter and Julie Bowen.

Farmers Insurance is the presenting sponsor of March for Babies in Los Angeles. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, First Response, Mission Pharmacal, and Focus Features’ BABIES.

Check out the lineup of celebrity guests showing their support at March for Babies in LA!

Julie Bowen Modern Family
Dayanara Torres model, actress and former Miss Universe
Nicole Sullivan Rita Rocks & MAD TV
Nancy O’Dell Television Host, Entertainment Journalist & author
Camille Winbush The Secret Life of an American Teenager
Galen Gering Days of Our Lives
Ariel Winter Modern Family

26 Apr

Thank you Melissa Joan Hart, from the March of Dimes National Office team at the March for Babies in White Plains, NY, for joining us this weekend! Melissa and March of Dimes National Office Team Captain Vince Sampugnaro are shown here at the event.

How was your March for Babies this weekend? Let us know by leaving a comment!

23 Apr

As the big walk weekend approaches, our friends at CitiFinancial are doing their part to ensure that one day, all babies will be born healthy. The CitiFinancial Racing #6 Ford Fusion will carry our March of Dimes logo starting at Talladega on Saturday April 24th and throughout May at each race the #6 car will be participating at—all to bring awareness to March of Dimes!

But CitiFinancial’s commitment doesn’t stop there. This weekend, and over the coming weeks, hundreds of CitiFinancial employees and CitiFinancial customers from across the country will be walking in March for Babies in their communities. CitiFinancial will be recognizing their customer’s support by  making a donation of $50,000 toward the health of all babies!

If you’re walking this weekend, you’ll be sure to see hundreds of Citi T-shirts. Stop to say thanks, or even stop by your local CitiFinancial branch. You can find out more about their Spring Signature Event starting this May, here.

23 Apr

Jordin Sparks, American Idol winner and Grammy nominated artist, plans to be at the March for Babies in New York City. And March of Dimes Mom volunteer Nancy O’Dell plans to walk in Los Angeles! Check out our press release for more details on celebrity walkers at March for Babies all over the country.

Where are you walking this weekend? Have a great time!

21 Apr

On April 16, the former Miss Universe and actress Dayanara Torres went on a tour of UCLA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with Los Angeles March for Babies Chair, Dr. David T. Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor (far left). She and Dr. Feinberg’s UCLA Team will be walking in March for Babies on April 24 in Los Angeles.

Dayanara joined other celebrity moms in activities to raise awareness of threats to infant health. Those celebrating a title as a March of Dimes Mom have included Halle Berry, Nicole Richie, Sherri Shepherd, Julie Bowen, Nicole Sullivan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kellie Martin, Garcelle Beauvais Nilon, Lisa Leslie and a full cast of celebrity moms who share March of Dimes love and commitment to the health of babies. Learn more about their involvement and share your March for Babies moments with us in the comments section!

20 Apr

The BABIES are coming!

Posted by Linda

The March of Dimes is excited to announce a national partnership with the new movie BABIES, just in time for March for Babies 2010! BABIES opens in theatres May 7th, Mother’s Day weekend. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, this film simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps – in Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco. Re-defining the nonfiction art form, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

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