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Lifestyles > Out & About

June 29, 2003

Marilyn Martell–Out and About Columnist

Marilyn Martell

OUT & ABOUT

Dollars roll in for March of Dimes

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Marilyn Martell

The March of Dimes is in the business of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and reducing infant mortality. The local chapter raises funds to support this mission and it has been a good year.

Michael Neely, Brazos Valley division director for the March of Dimes, is tallying up the year’s successes and reports that last May more than 500 participated in “WalkAmerica”. The 3.2-mile walk through Research Park generated $95,000, a 30 percent increase compared to last year.

Almost 2,000 members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M participated in the 27th annual “March to the Brazos” in April and raised $130,000. Over the past 27 years, “March to the Brazos” has generated more than $1.3 million, making it the largest and most successful student-led fund-raiser for the March of Dimes in the nation.

One out of every eight babies in the U.S. is born prematurely, and the March of Dimes has created a new initiative called “The Prematurity Campaign.”

March of Dimes is pledging $75 million for research, which means more fund raising to come. The next March of Dimes event, “Jail & Bail,” is set for Sept. 24 and 25.

For the fourth year the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Texas A&M will host the College Station Noon Lions Club’s annual Fourth of July Celebration, “I Love America.”

The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. with free admission for all visitors.

Games and live entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., and the evening will reach a crescendo as the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic music, a spectacular fireworks display will be featured as well. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs and blankets.

• Marilyn Martell is a columnist for The Bryan-College Station Eagle. Her e-mail address is mmartell@tca.net.

 

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