On Sunday May 4th at the Preston Autoplex there was a March of Dimes, March for Babies event. There were fireworks on May 3rd which kicked off the whole event followed by the three mile walk and day of fun on Sunday! The field by Hyundai was packed on Saturday night as many came out to watch the firework show put on by Zambellis Fireworks and sponsored by the Preston Automotive Group.
The event turned out to be a huge success. Over 400 residents came out in support of the March for healthier babies. At the Autoplex there was an abundance of people, strollers, dogs and families. The Preston Automotive Group had a goal of raising $100,000 for the March of Dimes. By the time the event came around they had raised over $90,000 and are still pushing to reach $100,000.
The walk started off at the Preston Autoplex by the Hyundai building. The ribbon was cut to start off the walk by Dave Wilson and Mallory, this year’s March of Dimes Ambassador. Everyone who participated in the walk then walked by the rest of the Autoplex and into the town of Preston, they continued through town and took a left onto Williamson Street and came back to the Autoplex. Once everyone returned there was complimentary food, funnel cakes, drinks, and entertainment. Richard Kimball, a sales consultant at Preston Ford, was the dj for a few hours before Mike Hines and The Look took the stage! The Preston Frog and Sherman the Shorebird also made a special appearance. Many children had a chance to get their pictures taken with the Frog and Sherman.
For many years now Preston Automotive Group as well as Dave Wilson have been huge advocates for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes was originally established by Franklin Roosevelt to fight polio, later the mission focus was shifted to premature birth and birth defects. Research breakthroughs have helped save thousands of babies. Since 2003 the March of Dimes fight has been to save babies strongly characterized by the Premature Campaign. The rising amount of babies born prematurely has demanded action and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating a multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity. The March of Dimes mission is to “help moms have full term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies”. In local communities across the country the March of Dimes is helping moms take charge of their health and support families when something goes wrong. They also act globally by sharing the best practices in perinatal health and helping improve birth outcomes where the needs are most urgent.
All the donations made for March for Babies help fund research, education, and community programs that help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies! There is still time to donate to the March of Dimes, if you would like to do so log onto www.marchforbabies.org and make your donation!