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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 years 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
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
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 Clubs 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 email@example.com.