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Published on November 28th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Chefs Raise More Than $110,000 For Healthier Babies!

(COLUMBIA, SC, )— Recently, nearly 300 guests enjoyed the signature dishes of Columbia’s leading chefs during the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, held at the Columbia Marriott. The evening celebrated included a cocktail reception and gourmet samplings from area restaurants while guests bid on silent auction items. A live auction of culinary and travel packages followed. Blake Faries served as Lead Chef.

Guests were moved by a first-hand account of the impact the March of Dimes has had on the Donnelley family, from Lexington. Three years ago the Donnelley’s twins, Graham and Lindy, were born 12 weeks early. Graham, spent 57 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before he was healthy enough to be taken home. Lindy passed away after 71 days in the NICU.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, including nearly 8,000 babies in South Carolina. The March of Dimes recently issued the annual report card on Premature Birth, giving the nation and each state a letter grade based upon prematurity rates. South Carolina received a “D” grade and the state ranked among highest prematurity rates in the nation.

“Thanks to the generous support of the participating restaurants, event sponsors and attendees, the March of Dimes raised more than $110,000 to support lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at giving every baby a fighting chance. We are deeply grateful to everyone who donated to this year’s Signature Chefs Auction so the March of Dimes can continue working for stronger, healthier babies,” said Sarah Travis, March of Dimes Community Director.

Participating restaurants included:

Basil Thai, Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, Cantina 76, il Giorgione Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Main Street Bakery, Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop, Ristorante Divino, Rosso Trattoria Italia, Saluda’s, The Oak Table

Sponsors included: Lexington Medical Center, SCE&G, Columbia Eye Clinic, Palmetto Health, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Each year, the South Carolina March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues to strive to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org, lind us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .

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