Mar 10, 2013

LaFramboise and Daugherty co-chairing 2013 March for Babies

GREENVILLE--Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent pre-term birth to give more babies a healthy start in life. Bill LaFramboise and Shawn Daugherty, have taken on the roles of Darke County March for Babies Co-Chairs. LaFramboise, Executive Vice President of Greenville Technology, is a proud grandparent whose granddaughter’s birthday is the same day as the March for Babies walk—Saturday, April 27. Daugherty, Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Greenville Federal, is also a proud father of two. Both gentlemen are making this commitment to the good health of moms and babies personal and meaningful.

March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each one of them through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

As March for Babies Co-Chairs, Bill and Shawn play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent pre-term birth and birth defects.

“My reason for supporting the March of Dimes in a leadership role is the same that drives me to support other charitable activities -- to improve our community by paying forward. Since money raised by the March for Babies helps to fund research designed to improve the health of babies, it truly does improve our future. As a proud grandfather, this purpose touches me deeply,” said LaFramboise.

Daugherty added, “I originally participated in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies for the fun, camaraderie, and opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Once involved, I learned just how important the mission of March of Dimes is and how it has touched each of our lives in some way. Being a part of the March of Dimes family as Co-Chair and this great event is such a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get to enjoy the camaraderie of your community and the benefits of being physically active, but you are also raising money to help prevent birth defects and other issues that affect our babies and mothers today.”

Last year the Darke County March for Babies raised $93,779. Bill and Shawn have made the commitment to raise $15,000 in new revenue as part of the 2013 March for Babies total goal of $100,000.

“I couldn’t be happier having Bill and Shawn serving together as March for Babies Co-Chairs,” said Angelé Price, Community Director for the Miami Valley Ohio March of Dimes Division. “I am sure that both gentlemen will bring the same drive, dedication and passion to their efforts on behalf of March for Babies that make them well-respected members of the community. I know Bill and Shawn’s contributions will go a long way to making this year’s event a success.”

Darke County residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. Last year more than 700 people attended the event -- which will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. This is a rain or shine event.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality with chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines. The March for Babies is sponsored locally by Greenville Technology, Inc., Wayne HealthCare, Greenville Federal, The Buchy Family and Second National Bank.

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