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14 Feb
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Celebrities, Supporters Commemorate Black History Month

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Phylicia Rashad with National Ambassador Family and National Partner Presidents

The March of Dimes hosted a Black History Month breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel for celebrity volunteers, corporate supporters, and national service partners to discuss the alarming rates of premature birth in the African-American community. The event was hosted by Tony Award winning actress Phylicia Rashad and featured March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador, Lauren Fleming, age 7, and her family.

Lisa Leslie, All Star and WNBA legend was joined by fellow March of Dimes volunteer 2011 Grammy Award Nominee Kelly Price. Both mothers experienced the premature birth of a child. Faye McClure, Director of Strategic Marketing, Farmer’s Insurance helped lead the breakfast with fellow special guests Herman Mason, President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Sheryl Underwood, Actress/Comedian and Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc; Joann Loveless, President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc; and Jimmy Hammock, President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

For more details about the breakfast and March of Dimes history of working together for stronger, healthier babies to go the national press release.

In photo left to right: Herman Mason; Sheryl Underwood; Densel Fleming holding Corbin Fleming, age 1; Phylicia Rashad holding Erin Fleming, age 3; Nikki Fleming; Faye McClure; Joann Loveless; Jimmy Hammock. In front: Lauren Fleming, age 7, March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Lewis)

The annual breakfast in Los Angeles was the first of two events being hosted by the March of Dimes to commemorate Black History Month. The second will be held in Washington, DC on the evening of February 16th at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This invitation-only reception is a networking opportunity with a national briefing on measures the March of Dimes is taking in the African American Community to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The evening will include special recognition for supporters and highlights of the history of African Americans supporting March of Dimes mission.

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