North Georgia Tri-County March for Babies Kickoff
Feburary 9, 2012

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The North Georgia Tri-County (Gilmer, Fanning, and Pickens) March for Babies Kickoff luncheon was held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Charlie's Restaurant in East Ellijay. Community leaders, businesses, and local families met to discuss their fundraising strategy for this year's March for Babies walk, celebrate last year's victories, and meet the Queens, this year's Ambassador Family.

The March of Dimes "March for Babies" fundraiser supports research and programs to help prevent or treat premature birth, birth defects and other threats to babies health. In an average week in Georgia, 375 babies are born premature. That's nearly 20,000 babies born every year. This doesn't include the rate of preterm birth in Georgia of 13.4%, which is higher than the national average.

Due to the hard work of everyone involved, last year's fundraising brought in a total of $29,582. This year, their goal has increased to $43,000, meaning they will need even more support and participation.

The Ambassador Family Program puts a face on the March of Dimes mission by spotlighting a child who was helped by the organization. The purpose is to increase visibility and support the March of Dimes cause by sharing the families compelling story at events during the year.

The 2012 March for Babies event will be Saturday, April 21, 2012 starting at the Ellijay Elementary School. Registration begins at 9:00 AM, Rain or Shine. Entertainment and a picnic will be provided so bring the whole family. For more information, please contact Michele Beal at 678-564-5231 or email mbeal@marchofdimes.com.

Please consider becoming part of this extremely important event.

Terri Chastain WaltersArticle & Photos by Terri Chastain Walters
terri@knowpickens.com


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