BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 13, 2014
Julia and I have been asked to be Chairs on a great fundraiser. Julia as the Ambassador chair and I as a co-chair. My baby girl was a preemie. No matter how much we struggled with bills and hospitals stays for Julia and my wife at the time we made it. Nothing is more rewarding than a strong and healthy baby. We were blessed. Now we are giving back to what was paid forward to us with health.
Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term babies. Prematurity occurs when a pregnancy lasts less than 37 weeks; full-term infants are born 37 to 42 weeks after the mother's last menstrual period (LMP).
Preemies have many special needs that make their care different from that of full-term infants, which is why they often begin their lives after delivery in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU is designed to provide an atmosphere that limits stress to the infant and meets basic needs of warmth, nutrition, and protection to ensure proper growth and development.
Due to many recent medical advances, more than 90% of premature babies who weigh 800 grams or more (a little less than 2 pounds) survive. Those who weigh more than 500 grams (a little more than 1 pound) have a more than 60% chance of survival, although their chances of complications are greater.
The bills and the stress on the family from hospital stays and the special medical attention or needs for the mother and the baby(s) can be overwhelming for any family. Working with March of Dimes by raising funds through the Signature Chefs Auction is our way of paying it forward as much as giving back.
Would you help us help others?
Join the 2014 Signature Chefs Auction Co-Chairs: April Ott and Bob Dytko and Southern Arizona’s finest chefs as they prepare exquisite cuisine during our annual Signature Chef's Auction fundraiser. Enjoy live entertainment and bid on exciting silent and live auction packages featuring one-of-a-kind entertainment and chef inspired culinary packages. Guests are also invited to Fund the Mission for March of Dimes by making a 100% tax deductible gift in honor of the many families in the community who have been touched by premature birth or birth defects. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation. Just click “Donate to this Event” and help the many families in Southern Arizona.
Schedule of Events:
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. - Gourmet Sampling, Wine Sampling, Silent Auction, People’s Choice Judging at Chef’s Stations
8:00 p.m. - Welcome from Emcee, Program & Chef’s Award Presented
8:00 p.m. - Live Auction begins, 2014 Fund the Mission Ambassador & Chair video, featuring Julia Dytko
For more information about sponsorship, table sales or Auction items donation, please contact Jessica Celentano, Division Director at (520) 298-5490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org