march for babies blog
Grammy Award winning recording artist Kelly Clarkson made a stop after her appearance on American Idol this week to join in the Dallas March for Babies, along with her friends and 30,000 walkers, to support the March of Dimes and the mission of healthy babies on Saturday, April 16!
A March of Dimes volunteer and celebrity ambassador since her inaugural American Idol win, Kelly has walked in March for Babies in Nashville before. She and her fans have also been engaged in our mission awareness and fundraising campaigns.
On Saturday, she got to meet some special volunteers from Dallas who have supported the March of Dimes in a big way, including Cedric Allen and his family. Cedric is the #1 fundraiser for the Dallas March for Babies, raising over $25,000!
Kelly also spent time with top March for Babies teams and Ambassador Families who share their story and connection with the March of Dimes, encouraging others to get involved with this special cause.
After a special guest appearance on stage, Kelly and her friends joined the many Texans to walk a sunny five miles through White Rock Lake Park.
Mission signs and beautiful photos in honor and in memory of babies showed the way through the park, connecting all walkers to the reasons they were all out there fundraising and walking.
Many thanks to Kelly and her team for supporting the March of Dimes year after year, and for helping give the Texas March of Dimes event a special treat with her appearance!
You can join Kelly Clarkson in supporting healthy babies by walking or donating to her team at marchforbabies.org/kellyclarkson.
Today’s message comes from Kelly Clarkson, March of Dimes Team Youth Celebrity Spokesperson and longtime March of Dmes supporter!
March for Babies is almost here. I always look forward to this. It’s great to see so many people coming together to help babies.
Thanks so much for joining us and for all your hard work. And thanks as well to your friends who are walking with you or who made a donation. Keep up the fundraising!
I can’t wait for March for Babies day, when we show our support for the March of Dimes across the country — what an awesome thing!
All the best,
Worldwide Recording Artist and March of Dimes Team Youth Celebrity Ambassador
Check out my March for Babies page!
Looking for fundraising ideas? Check out the Team Youth Toolkit (pdf).
Shout out to Kelly Clarkson Express Board fans, who have already started their March for Babies fundraising campaign in Kelly’s honor. Check out their progress. Let us know what your best fundraising ideas this spring are in the comments section!
Team Youth Ambassador Kelly Clarkson’s single, “My Life Would Suck Without You” has been nominated for this years’ Teen Choice Music: Single. So show your support for Kelly and click here to vote. Make sure to register first at teenchoiceawards.com and note that voters must be between the ages of 13 and 19 years old.
The 2009 Teen Choice Awards air on FOX, Monday, August 10th at 8pm. Be sure to tune in to see the results. Congratulations Kelly, from all of us at the March of Dimes!
Congratulations Kelly Clarkson, March of Dimes National Team Youth Ambassador, who walked the entire route with her team at the Nashville March for Babies yesterday!
Despite the rain, Kelly was out with her cute green umbrella and March for Babies hat and had a great time. Go Kelly! Thanks for all that you do for the March of Dimes year-round! She also got to meet some special youth volunteers and ambassador families and hear their stories and why the March of Dimes is so important.
In the photo you see Kelly with top youth volunteer Alexandra Wallace from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter. What an awesome experience for Alexandra! The March of Dimes thanks Kelly Clarkson for her dedication to our cause – and to her leadership with the Foundation.
You can donate to Team Kelly Clarkson online to show your support at marchforbabies.org/kellyclarkson.
This Wednesday, April 1, we’ll be announcing our 2009 March for Babies Celebrity Chair. She’s gorgeous, she’s talented, she’s a new mom and we’re just thrilled she’s getting involved and speaking out for healthy babies!
Speaking of stars… Here’s a thank you to all our celebrity spokespeople who inspire their thousands of fans to follow their example. Like Sherri Shepherd, whose own son was born prematurely, Kelly Clarkson, our Team Youth Ambassador and Thalia, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl last year.
While we wait for the big reveal, who would you like to see as a March for Babies spokesperson? And don’t just think moms, any celebrity dads out there who would do a good job?
So you might have caught her on SNL last week. Or Good Morning America. Or Oprah today. Get the picture? Kelly is on fire right now with a #1 album, All I Ever Wanted! And as you regular readers know, she is also a superstar for healthier babies.
Kelly’s fans, though, are the coolest. I just read an outstanding comment on our blog about Kelly and the March of Dimes – what if each fan donated just $5? What a huge difference that would make in the lives of babies and families!
So big shout-outs to all the fans; you can get on board too by donating that $5 to Team Kelly or forming your own team for March for Babies. The Kelly Clarkson Express Board raises money every year in honor of her birthday, and Kellyville does online auctions with proceeds going to the March of Dimes. Spread the word on the $5 fan campaign… Twitter, Facebook, MySpace… let all the KC lovers unite to help healthier babies, then come here and tell us about it! Rock on.
Just days before her new CD drops (can’t wait!), Kelly is doing even more to help us get the word out about March for Babies this year.
Keep your eye out for a message from March of Dimes and Kelly Clarkson coming your way. Also, MSN Mobile and Sony have partnered with Kelly Clarkson to let you know how you can sign up for the March for Babies and support the March of Dimes.
In the meantime, mosey on over to Kelly’s team page and make sure you tell any super Kelly Clarkson fans you know about how she is involved with the March of DImes (then follow up with a hint hint wink wink for a donation for your team this year)!
Team Youth is pretty awesome – all of our volunteers from elementary to college students, doing amazing fundraising and mission activities all of the time. This spring we’ll have March of Dimes Collegiate Councils such as Bobcats for Babies at Ohio University out there walking; we’ll also have a 1st grade classroom with a class member touched by premature birth out there walking. From the Student Senate in New York to San Diego’s Chain Reaction, and Anna and Frankie in Hawaii to Kendra and Kyle in Florida – we have youth walking everywhere for stronger, healthier babies! It is just so cool.
And you know who else is part of March for Babies? Our Team Youth Celebrity Spokesperson, Kelly Clarkson! Kelly Clarkson and her fans (including these two Team Youth bloggers, we luv u!) raise money in March for Babies and show their support so that one day all babies will be born healthy and strong and on time.
Basically this is just a shout out to our awesome youth walkers and to Kelly Clarkson. Want to give your own shout out to your favorite youth walker? Leave us (and them) some luv with a comment!