Celebration Pointe hosting March of Dimes for 80th Anniversary Event

In conjunction with the Greater Gainesville Market of March of Dimes, we’re thrilled to announce that the 2018 March for Babies event will be held at Celebration Pointe on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The event will mark the 80th Anniversary of the March of Dimes, and the 48th Alachua March for Babies.

The March of Dimes is a historic institution with an honorable legacy of charity and advocacy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in 1938, inspired by his own fight against polio. Through iconic fundraising efforts, the March of Dimes helped bring about the end of the disease and soon found the need to adopt a new cause. The organization shifted its mission to prevent birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth. Beginning in 2003, the March of Dimes launched an aggressive, multi-year prematurity research and advocacy campaign due to the rise in premature births.

The March of Dimes is an essential facet of the American legacy of communities coming together in aid of the underrepresented voices in our nation. The annual march holds a place in the history and hearts of so many neighborhoods throughout the country. It’s one thing to come together in pure celebration. Celebrating the critical mission of a vital organization is another thing entirely. For these reasons and more, we’re truly honored to host the 2018 Alachua March for Babies in our community.

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Our route will come in slightly under five miles. Registration starts at 7:00 am with kickoff at 8:55 am for runners and 9:00 am for all other participants. Visit https://www.marchforbabies.org/Event/Alachua for more information.

The 2017 Alachua March for Babies had approximately 3,500 participants and raised more than $450,000 for the March of Dimes’ critical mission. We’re hoping to see 5,000 participants this year as the organization celebrates its 80th Anniversary. Join us in rallying for a great cause!

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