march for babies blog
Yesterday at Exposition Park in Los Angeles celebrity volunteer Hilary Duff got ready to march for babies alongside Los Angeles MFB Host Crystal Egger from NBC4, our 2014 March of Dimes National Ambassador six-year-old Aidan Lamothe, and local leaders of our top national Team Kmart!
Thanks everyone who walked yesterday for babies!
Singer and actress Hilary Duff, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, supermodel Niki Taylor, and 3 million super volunteers and 20,000 companies have one common goal: they all March for Babies to help give every baby a healthy start.
Celebrities are again lending their star power to bring attention to this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that will take place in 700 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico at the end of April.
For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has helped moms and babies. From Frank Sinatra to Super Bowl quarterback Joe Namath, major stars always have supported the Foundation’s work for stronger, healthier babies. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through cutting-edge research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2.3 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $106 million.
“Thanks to all our volunteers. The support we receive from every volunteer is invaluable and celebrity support always has been a hallmark of our history,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Today, thousands of companies and millions of people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely help support the March of Dimes work for stronger, healthier babies. I urge everyone to get involved with March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.”
In photo left to right: Samantha Harris; Richard Cordova, CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Chair 2012 Los Angeles March for Babies; and Nicole Sullivan (Photo by Getty)
It was a beautiful day! More than 15,000 joined the Greater Los Angeles March for Babies on Saturday, April 28th at Exposition Park. The morning’s program host Samantha Harris (Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Tonight), was joined by fellow March of Dimes Mom volunteer actress/comedienne Nicole Sullivan (King of Queens, Rita Rocks) in kicking off the walk with actress Cleo King (Mike & Molly) singing the national anthem. Many thanks to Farmers, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Kmart, and all of the top teams and volunteers who helped create a wonderful day for walkers, co-workers, and family teams!
March of Dimes Mom, actress Melissa Joan Hart, helped kick off March for Babies with her ABC Family Melissa & Joey co-star, Joey Lawrence!
As celebrity chairs for the Los Angeles March for Babies, the two hosted the annual Los Angeles March for Babies kickoff breakfast that was held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this week. Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System, is the 2011 Los Angeles March for Babies Chair.
Melissa has been a celebrity volunteer for the March of Dimes since the delivery of her two healthy sons, Mason and Braydon. She invited Joey, father of two girls, when his youngest, baby Liberty Grace, was born 6 ½ weeks early with Rh disease and spent critical time in the NICU. Both are committed to helping raise awareness and funds for March for Babies and they encouraged everyone to join together for stronger, healthier babies!
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.
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!