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Monday, July 30, 2012

Baby Crawl Challenge

Baby Crawl

CareFirst, March of Dimes and the Washington Mystics invite you to register your baby for the CareFirst Baby Crawl Challenge to support the March of Dimes!

The Baby Crawl Challenge will take place at halftime during the Tuesday, September 4th Washington Mystics home game versus the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 PM.

Babies need to be crawling and not walking. Babies that walk during the event will be disqualified from the crawl. This applies even if it is the baby's fist steps! Babies are to have two adults with them -- one at each end of the crawl mat.

Participants will receive two (2) complimentary suite tickets to the game and bragging rights for having the fastest baby on court!

To register, please contact Dona Dei at (571) 257-2301 or e-mail

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dr. Rebecca Bridgett to Chair Bikers for Babies

The March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter is pleased to announce that Dr.Rebecca Bridgett of Charlotte Hall, Md., will serve as chair for Bikers for Babies in southern Maryland.

“It is truly my honor to serve as the chair for this very worthy cause. With the increase in awareness and funding, we can ensure each baby is born healthy,” said Bridgett, Acting Director of Human Resources for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Bridgett is a lifelong resident of Charles County. She and her husband, Dennis, are Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts and long-time supporters of the March of Dimes.

“The involvement of high-profile local leaders is a key element in our goal of helping more babies come into the world healthy,” said Jennifer Abell, senior community director for the March of Dimes in southern Maryland. “We are fortunate to have someone so dedicated to our cause.” Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including 9,568 in Maryland. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities.

More than 120,000 babies are born each year with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for all babies.

In southern Maryland, Bikers for Babies will take place October 7 at Maryland International Raceway. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the ride starts at 2 p.m. There will be a tattoo contest and bike show at noon along with vendors and music. Individual riders as well as members of clubs can join to help fund life-saving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.

Participants will ride the open road, covering 45 miles starting at Maryland International Raceway and ending at Apehangers Bar & Grill for an After-Ride Party. The party will include a free bull roast and music by The Craze and Naked. Supporters who aren’t able to participate in the ride are encouraged to meet the riders at Apehangers to attend the party (a $20 donation to the March of Dimes will be taken at the door). All motorcycles are welcome and the ride will be held rain or shine.

“It’s easy to join me,” said Bridgett. “Just visit
, stop by Apehangers for a sponsor envelope or contact Jennifer Abell at the March of Dimes , 571-257-2310.”

Volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available, too. Millions of babies have been saved from death or disability thanks to advances made by March of Dimes-funded scientists. But too many babies are still born prematurely or with birth defects. Every year, thousands of compassionate motorcyclists across the country show they care by taking part in Bikers for Babies.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Congratulations to the Maryland National Capital Area Chapter

Our Family Teams are the heart of the March of Dimes mission and because of that we want to reward you with some special opportunities for your fundraising efforts in March for Babies. The following teams have won the opportunity to recognize a hospital of there choice.

$20,000 – Opportunity to present a piece of furniture from Bob’s Discount Furniture (with your team name included) to the NICU of your choice*

Team Davis-Townsend

$10,000– Opportunity to provide March of Dimes educational materials to NICU of your choice*
WMC's team

$5,000 – Opportunity to present a plaque to your favorite doctor or nurse at a NICU of your choice*

Brayden Hurley Hatchett
Children's National Medical Center
Cuckoo for Camryn
Fairlington MOMS Club
Faith, Hope and Grace
For Sophia and Charlotte
Hannah's Legacy
In Memory of Little Robert
Kathryn's Team
MOMS Club of Alexandria-Franconia
Snuggle Bug Bunch
SNVC Success
Taylor Asha
Team Collo
Team Craft
Team Emmy Bear!
Team HPB
Team Katelyn20175
Trenton's Trotters
UBC Pacers

Please Note: Levels are not cumulative and will be reflective of all monies turned in by Friday, June 1, 2012. These opportunities only applies to Family Teams and therefore cannot include a hospital, corporation or organization, but could be a sub-team of one of the above.

*NICU choices must be located within the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter. This includes Northernm Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Any family who qualifies for the plaque presentation who wishes to present to a doctor or nurse not located in this area will still have the opportunity to have a plaque made, but will have to coordinate the presentation themselves with that hospital.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Congratulations Team Davis - Townsend!!!


Team Davis – Townsend was one of the top 10 March for Babies Family Teams in Nation! 

They have won a trip to the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference in Walt Disney World!  Team Davis -Townsend of Washington D.C. raised a combined total of $33,805 for March for Babies!  Thank you for all your hard work!