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Record turnout for local March of Dimes event raises $75,000

November 13, 2013

Online Staff Report

The March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Auction drew a record crowd of nearly 500 people this year, raising $75,000 to improve local birth outcomes and save babies’ lives. The amount of money raised was 30 percent more than in 2012.

We are thrilled with the turnout and with the public’s generosity,” said Jennifer Smith, division director for the March of Dimes in Rockford. “The funds raised will make a real difference in helping our efforts to reduce infant mortality, premature birth and birth defects.”

Heidi Martinez, a longtime volunteer with the local March of Dimes office, was the winner of a raffle for a two-year lease to a 2013 Toyota Hilander SUV.

Matt and Courtney Morgan, the 2013 Ambassador Family for the local March of Dimes, are the parents to twin sons Chance and Maddox, born prematurely at only 1 pound, 10 ounces. They spent 3 1/2 months in Rockford Memorial’s NICU. Thanks to the great care of their doctors and nurses and the advancements made by March of Dimes research, they are healthy and happy boys.

The auction took place in Rockford Oct. 24 at Giovanni’s Restaurant. The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is held in nearly 200 cities across the country.

Posted Nov. 13, 2013

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