April 15, 2013

March of Dimes marks 75th anniversary

Special plans for May 5 Walk for Babies

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — In keeping with the March of Dimes’ 75th anniversary, this year’s Walk for Babies event is offering a celebration you won’t want to miss.

While businesses and teams are diligently conducting fundraising efforts to reach this year’s goal of $44,000, planning committee members are working to coordinate entertainment and activities for those wishing to participate.

The Walk for Babies is set for Sunday, May 5 at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park. Although the walk will begin at 2 p.m., festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. and includes musical entertainment, team pictures, a cake auction and several contests.

Each year, team members brainstorm to create their own personalized T-shirts for the event, with the winner taking home both bragging rights and a prize. A stroller and wagon decorating contest is also on the agenda for this year’s event.

“Teams can decorate wagons or strollers or riding cars for children and enter them in the decorating contest,” said Linda Newman, regional director for the March of Dimes. “That has been a popular contest for teams throughout the area for the past several years, and one that we want to continue.”

Another returning event is the Cake Auction, which features homemade, secret family recipe, and decorated cakes for auction, with all proceeds donated to the March of Dimes. Candy and other homemade goods are also welcomed. Anyone wishing to donate cakes, candy, or other home-baked goods can contact committee member Nita Johnson at (606) 224-6173.

The afternoon will also include children’s activities, refreshments, and testimonials from this year’s Ambassador family and Child Ambassador, Gavin Litteral.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Walk for Babies, either by organizing a team or to make a donation can contact the March of Dimes office at (606) 678-6514 or toll free at 1-877-424-2144.