The kick-off to a March of Dimes fundraising drive is planned for Wednesday.
This year’s March of Dimes chair, Ashly Lancaster, will be hosting a lunch from noon until 1 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club. The deadline to make reservations for the event is quickly nearing.
Mach of Dimes offers “a fighting chance for every baby,” said Lancaster.
She said funds raised for March of Dimes are put toward research and development for preventing and treating premature babies. Additionally, March of Dimes has led the way in developing vaccines, screenings and other treatments for healthy babies.
The polio vaccine is one major contribution the organization has made, according to Lancaster. The vaccine was created in the mid-1950s, and the March of Dimes led a mass vaccination effort.
“In a lot of ways anybody born since the development of the polio vaccine is a March of Dimes baby,” remarked Lancaster.
Lancaster said Wednesday’s event will be the first leading up to the annual March for Babies event, which will be held at Veterans Memorial Park on May 7.
Anybody who wants to learn more about March of Dimes is encouraged to attend Wednesday’s event, said Lancaster. She is also hoping to see team captains from past years at the event.
The “ambassador family” for this year’s event will be Tiffany Harrold, a mother who experienced the contributions of the March of Dimes when daughter Aubreigh was born at 25 weeks gestation in 2013. Harrold will tell her story to those at the lunch.
Lancaster said last year’s Mount Airy March for Babies yielded almost $74,000 in funds raised for the organization. More than 40 teams participated in the event.
This year the Mount Airy March of Dimes organization is hoping for a similar turnout, according to Lancaster. The March for Babies has set a $74,000 goal this year.
Lancaster said she is always looking for more teams to help in reaching the ambitious goal.
The event has also seen much support from Mount Airy’s corporate and business community in years past, according to Lancaster. Workforce Unlimited and Northern Hospital of Surry County have been top contributors to prior events.
Those wishing to attend must RSVP by emailing Lancaster at email@example.com or calling 783-8079. Reservations must be received by Monday.
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached (336) 415-4698.