march for babies blog
Samantha Harris hosted the 5th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon at the Four Season Hotel in Los Angeles on November 13, 2010. The event is sponsored by the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.
Celebration of Babies recognizes prominent individuals, including Hollywood moms and dads, who are celebrating the birth of their children and who are role models for March of Dimes’ commitment to improving the health of babies. The 2010 March of Dimes’ Celebrity Volunteers, or “Stork Club,” includes Sarah Chalke & Jamie Afifi, Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur, Joey & Chandie Lawrence, Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith, Jenna Elfman & Bodhi Elfman, Rock Harper & Tamara Harper, Lisa Leslie & Michael Locke, and Maria Quiban & Sean Whitesell. The “Stork Club” members are individuals who have had or are expecting babies in 2010.
Prior Stork Club members include, Nicole Richie & Joel Madden, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Nancy O’Dell, Julie Bowen & Scott Phillips, Nicole Sullivan & Jason Packham, Alimi & Dahn Ballard, Kellie Martin & Keith Christian, Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Wilkerson, Lauren Sanchez & Patrick Whitesell, Hank Azaria and Katie Wright, and Diane Farr & Seung Chung.
In attendance were Storks Club Celebrity Volunteers Sarah Chalke & Jamie Afifi, Joey & Chandie Lawrence, Chef Rock Harper & Tamara Harper, Lisa Leslie & Michael Locke, and Maria Quiban & Sean Whitesell. Also in attendance were Julie Bowen, Laila Ali, Sean Patrick Thomas & Aonika Laurent Thomas, Kelly Price, Nicole Sullivan, Kellie Martin & Keith Christian, Marisa Coughlan, Ian and Erin Ziering, Kent King, Minae Noji, and Cleon King. Joshua Hoffman, age 7, March of Dimes 2010 National Ambassador, told the crowd his own story of surviving a premature birth. Go to https://public.me.com/endusermod for video clips from the red carpet and luncheon.
The Celebration of Babies luncheon commemorates March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month, a time when the organization galvanizes the nation around the serious problem of preterm birth.
Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, and vision and hearing loss. March of Dimes provides more information about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fight.
Everyone loves an adorable baby, and we’re no different. We’re looking for a bunch of cute and easy-going babies, between 7 – 13 months, to be in our printed material for March for Babies 2011. It’s our biggest and most-attended fund-raising event of the year. Over 1 million people participate. Creating the photos and material is always a lot of fun, and we’d love you to join us.
The specific dates are not set yet, but we are planning on 2 days with a professional photographer in an outdoor setting (CT/NY area) during the 3rd week of July.
- All volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the location.
- All babies must be 6-13 months of age, be accompanied by a parent, and be available for a 1-2 hour window.
- Refreshments will be provided.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING,
please send the following information to MFBAD@marchofdimes.com …
- One or more photos (jpgs) of your baby
- Baby’s first and last name
- Your first and last name.
- Baby’s age, clothing size, shoe size
- Any specifics on your availability for that week (3rd week of July)
- DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU!
- (phone number and email address would be best)
You will be notified either way on or before July 14th
Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
The entire March for Babies Creative Team
At a special screening of the new film BABIES, March of Dimes mom and celebrity volunteer, Julie Bowen (left to right), the March of Dimes 2010 National Ambassador Joshua Hoffman, accept a check from David Brooks, president of marketing with Focus Features Films. The donation is part of a nationwide partnership between March of Dimes March for Babies and the new film BABIES which releases this weekend in time for Mother’s Day. The special screening was held in Beverly Hills, with the Los Angeles March of Dimes.
Several March of Dimes celebrity mom volunteers came out in support of the March of Dimes at the screening of the new documentary film, BABIES that was held at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills. Pictured (left to right) are actresses Kellie Martin, and Julie Bowen, both March of Dimes Celebrity Volunteers; and David Brooks, president of Marketing, Focus Features Films.