Hundreds Brave Weather to 'March for Babies'

7 years 7 months 1 week ago Sunday, April 29 2012 Apr 29, 2012 Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:35:00 PM CDT April 29, 2012 in News
By: Matt Evans

JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of people gathered at Memorial Park Sunday to March for Babies.  The annual walk is the March of Dimes' biggest fundraiser; a fundraiser that has been going on for more than 40 years.

"We march for every baby: healthy babies, sick babies, babies not with us, premature, birth defects. We march for them because they all matter," said Christy Carel, Division Director for March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes organization began in 1938 - originally tasked with battling polio.  Then, when polio was cured in the 1950s, the organization went through a change of face.  Now, the March of Dimes organization helps educate mothers about raising healthy babies and raises money to fund research to end premature births.

Even though the weather didn't cooperate, organizers said they are proud of the community for pulling together.

"I kept telling them, 'Listen folks, it's going to be fine. We'll have more people here than you can imagine.' And it's true - they filled the whole pavilion," said Gabe Hulsey, a member of the state board of March of Dimes. "And that just illustrates the absolute commitment to the March of Dimes and to its mission and what its about."

Last year, the March for Babies in Jefferson City raised $130,000.  This year, the organization is hoping for more than $140,000 for its biggest fundraiser.  Even though some non-profits have seen a decrease in fundraisers, the March of Dimes still sees steady donations.

"When people can't pay their bills, you can't hardly ask them to go out and raise money for you, but people do it and they're still finding a way," said Carel.

Next Sunday, May 6, there will be a March for Babies in Columbia at Stephens Lake Park.

For more information about the March of Dimes, click here.

More News

Grid
List
RICH HILL- Relatives of a missing Missouri mother say they are growing increasingly concerned after deputies found the woman's phone,... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 10:22:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed Hayden Holt, a 17-year-old from Hallsville, died in an overnight car crash... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 6:41:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
MARSHALL - Police arrested a man Thursday after they said he tried to rob a loan office. Employees of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 4:23:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Soon, every fifth grader in Boone County will have the opportunity to learn math, history, language arts and... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 3:44:00 AM CST December 06, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Last winter saw major snow storms, ice, and extreme cold. This winter could see similar systems, however, the... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 9:00:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Winter weather is often attacked in an attempt to prove climate change and global warming are not real.... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 8:25:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - While most of us use the weather forecast in order to plan our own day, some people need... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 7:56:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Another recreational complex is coming to Mid-Missouri. The City of Columbia and officials from Boone County announced... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 6:38:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY - Three men were charged on Thursday for being involved in a drug-trafficking conspiracy after federal agents seized... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 4:32:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A marijuana advocacy group said people who have legal medical marijuana licenses are still being arrested. In... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 4:28:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public School nurses could be getting a new medication to add to their medicine cabinets... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 2:42:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
TIPTON - David Dubois was taken into custody on Monday for stealing. A property owner in Fortuna, Mo. reported... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 2:31:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The search of the Lamine River for the body of Mengqi Ji Elledge entered its third consecutive... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 12:49:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Auditor's Office announced today they will deliver to Senate Leadership at least six completed... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 12:44:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Prosecutor's Office charged a man with sodomy on Thursday after a reported sexual assault at... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 12:32:00 PM CST December 05, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A nearly 100-year-old statue that has stood atop Missouri's Capitol will make her return Friday after being... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 11:41:00 AM CST December 05, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested two men when they found $1.1 million worth of THC vape... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 9:47:00 AM CST December 05, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 Thursday, December 05, 2019 9:38:29 AM CST December 05, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
1pm 51°
2pm 53°
3pm 55°
4pm 54°