march for babies blog
March of Dimes New York Division Celebrity Chairman Eli Manning kicked off the New York City March for Babies walk today with March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse, Vice President and General Manager of GE Aviation Bill Fitzgerald, New York Division Ambassador Daphne and her parents, and Diego from Dora the Explorer!
Thanks everyone who came out to the New York City Walk!
Jordin Horowitz, Top Youth Walker; Samantha Harris; Linda Cardellini; Barry Simmons, Bank of America; Steve Henning LA Board Chair/State Board Member; and in Talia Sommer (in front) lead off the starting line of the March of Dimes California Chapter March for Babies walk at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
More than 15,0000 walkers joined together for the walk for healthier babies! Wow!
Get ready to MARCH ON!
It’s the exciting countdown to March for Babies! Our hearts are full, our spirits are high and our will is stronger than ever to march on to help babies. We honor the families in Boston and support our nation’s children with our unified dedication to a lifesaving mission! The March of Dimes is working closely with local law enforcement to secure the safety of our events. So it’s all systems go for a very fun and rewarding day! Grab your T-shirts and sneakers and check out these last-minute reminders:
Reach out again to potential donors. Make sure to include the link to your personal fundraising page to make it even easier. They will receive a thank-you and tax receipt.
If you raised money online, print your personalized sponsor form from your personal page and bring it to your walk, along with your cash and checks.
If you raised all your money offline, download and fill out a blank sponsor form to record your fundraising efforts.
Contact your local March of Dimes chapter if you have any last-minute questions.
This will be a day like no other.
A day when we stand together in the fight to help babies have the healthiest start possible.
As you and your team gear up for March for Babies, keep the following preparation tips in mind to ensure it is a successful and fun event for everyone!
1-2 Days Before March for Babies
A day or two before your walk (or the morning of if you walk is later in the day) invite your team members to a t-shirt and/or banner making party. Create shirts for your team to wear as they walk for stronger, healthier babies and signs letting the world know who you are and why you are walking. This is a great opportunity to get everyone even more excited about the event!
Night Before March for Babies
Check the weather and let teammates know if they should pack a raincoat and/or sunscreen. Text, email or call your team to remind them about when and where the entire team will meet at March for Babies. Remember to plan time to take your team photo.
Pack the Essentials
As you lead your team, you want to make sure you are prepared for almost anything. Pack your bag the night before and include a fully charge cell phone, list of your team members’ phone numbers, team shirts and Band-Aids®.
Keep this information in mind as you prepare for March for Babies. And remember to encourage your team to share photos and your team’s success with March of Dimes Team Youth on Facebook (facebook.com/marchofdimesyouth) and on Twitter (@teamyouth).
Now lets hear from you:
What are your March for Babies essentials you pack before the walk?
March for Babies Los Angeles 2012
The Los Angeles March for Babies walk will take place this Saturday on April 27th in Exposition Park and it’s going to be an exciting day!
Joining us for a second time is Samantha Harris who will be hosting the event!
Fellow celebrity mom Linda Cardellini will join in this year’s Los Angeles March for Babies – it’s sure to be a fun time for everyone!
We truly appreciate the support of our celebrity partners helping raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes!
It’s still not to late to join a walk – click HERE to register now!
Exciting news! Internationally famed model and March of Dimes Mom Niki Taylor is helping lead March for Babies in Miami on Saturday, April 27th! She is returning to South Florida to walk again with her family near her own hometown! We thank Niki for all she is doing to help raise awareness and critical funds for the March of Dimes by supporting March for Babies.
If you still want to walk but haven’t registered, don’t worry it’s not too late! Click HERE to register for a walk near you!
Al Roker meets with March for Babies supporters this morning at the Today Show
What an exciting day! March of Dimes supporters, including our 2013 National Ambassador Family and a crowd of more than 100 volunteer parents, babies, and children all wore March of Dimes signature purple color as they visited the NBC Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza early this morning. Al Roker, weather and feature anchor of Today, spoke to them about March for Babies, the March of Dimes number one fundraiser, which will take place in most areas of the country this coming weekend of April 27-28.
For pictures of our visit, click HERE.
To donate or join a team, click HERE.
Feel GREAT about it
We all have family and friends that we are in constant contact with via texts, emails, Facebook, etc. — constantly dashing off tidbits from our everyday lives and sharing comments, jokes, YouTube videos, you name it.
But when it comes to asking for donations….OMG.
When asking for support, you may feel uncomfortable, but the results could surprise you. And even if you don’t receive a donation, you will certainly be admired for your wonderful intentions — helping babies!
You don’t have to be overly serious or hit people up with grim statistics.
But by all means:
Make them feel special. Remind them of the lifesaving work that they are supporting and how their donation will help give more babies the healthiest start possible. (What’s not to love about that?!!)
Reach out with a personal touch. Express in your own words why the mission means a lot to you. Emphasize a project or goal of the March of Dimes that you care about. Share a story of someone you know who was affected by premature birth. A personal message from you carries a lot more weight than a form request.
Above all, remember that there is no harm if the response is “no.” You can feel great about trying to make a difference for the nearly half a million babies born too soon each year.
You asked…and that’s all we can ask for.
REGISTER AND REACH OUT to help babies.
It’s not too late!
We are at the final countdown as March for Babies is literally around the corner. Cities from all around the country are gearing up toward the walk. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t delay, sign up today! It is super fast and easy.
Have a fundraising page? Great! Need help reaching your goal? Check out these fundraising suggestions:
• Have a 10 for 10 fundraising challenge. Challenge 10 of your friends/family to donate $10. That’s an easy $100 toward your goal. Consider taking the challenge to Facebook or Twitter.
• Follow up with your donors; make sure to collect all your cash/check donations.
• Looking for one last fundraising push? Consider having a car wash, bake sale, garage sale.
• Had a garage sale and had left over items? Auction them off on Ebay.
• Update your voicemail greeting to include you are walking for March for Babies and provide a link.
• Host a fundraising dinner and invite your friends/family.
• Ask your hair stylist, doctor, dentist, gardener, etc for a donation.
• Include your fundraising link in your email signature and business card.
Today’s blog post comes from Team Captain for Eta Tau Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Thomas A. Tatum. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is a March of Dimes National Service Partner, in which members raise over $250,000 annually to support our mission and educates thousands about prenatal care and prematurity. Tatum describes himself as not only a dedicated member of Alpha Phi Alpha, but also a March of Dimes Dad.
Each spring, the Men of the Akron Alumni Chapter (Eta Tau Lambda) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. join nearly 1,700 people in the March for Babies at Akron’s Lock 3 Park. This annual event is the local March of Dimes largest fundraiser to provide support and education for families as we work together for stronger, healthier babies.
“Many of our chapter members have had a direct connection with premature births, including my family,” says Tatum. “When my son was born three (3) months early in 2006, the experience galvanized our resolve.” Tatum, his wife, Milistine, and daughter Lauren were blessed to welcome Thomas II (Tre’) in March of 2006. Tre’ spent the first 78 days of his life at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Milistine Tatum spent six weeks in Akron General on bed-rest prior to delivery. In the 7 years after his birth, Tre’ deals with some issues, but he continues to thrive.
The men of Eta Tau Lambda Chapter employ their network to assist in fundraising and engage their Education Foundation to provide matching funds to bolster their efforts. Thomas Tatum states, “The bottom line is to simply ask…an unopened mouth does not get fed!”
Thank you, Thomas for sharing your story and providing words of wisdom about the importance of asking. Encourage your team members to continue to ask for support from friends, family, colleagues and employers. Asking for support is one of the first steps in receiving it.
An extra thanks to both Thomas and Alpha Phi Alpha for their continued support and dedication to our mission.