LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Unpredictable weather over the past several years prompted a change in this year’s March of Dimes "Walk for Babies."
The planning committee of the annual walk met Monday to discuss possible changes to this year’s event, choosing to delay by two weeks.
Danny Ashlock, executive director of the Cardinal Division of the March of Dimes, tossed out the idea of a fall walk; however, committee members chose to delay the event by two weeks — setting the date for Sunday, May 18.
The past several years have had lower turnouts due to rain, cold, and even tornado warnings. The annual Walk is usually held on the first Sunday of May each year.
“The weather has been horrible the last few years,” said committee member Kristy Hamblin of L&N Credit Union. “Just a couple of weeks later might bring us better weather.”
That delay also gives area businesses and individual teams two more weeks to raise money for the organization dedicated to preventing premature births.
The committee also chose Troy House with Choice Radio to chair this year’s event. House emceed last year’s events and coordinated entertainment which included the band, “Yesterday’s Wine.”
Local ambassadors will be chosen at the next planning meeting on Feb. 26 at Forcht Bank on CVB Drive, across from the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London. Anyone wishing to serve on the committee is welcomed to participate in this meeting.
Ashlock said he had been involved with fundraising efforts with other organizations but became involved with March of Dimes through his daughter.
“I’d heard of March of Dimes before but I didn’t know what they did,” Ashlock said. “I knew they began to fight polio and birth defects, but I didn’t know many of the shots my daughter received as a newborn was due to the March of Dimes. We need to educate the public on all the things that March of Dimes does, like providing equipment for the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit), preventative shots at birth, and education programs.”
This year’s Kickoff event is set for March 12 at noon. The location will be announced at a later time. Team packets and other information regarding this year’s event will be available at the Kickoff.