MADISON, NJ - The March of Dimes' March for Babies Saturday morning at Fairleigh Dickinson University raised close to $400,000 to fund research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.
More than 1,100 attendees kicked off the event with a walk around the FDU campus. Many marchers registered as “teams.” Both family teams and corporate teams raised funds throughout the year.
After the march, attendees food and games were provided by the event’s many sponsors, including Farmers Insurance, Primrose Schools, Fit Massage, Band-Aid, WDHA, Actavis, and other businesses. Youth singers from the Mayo Performing Arts Center entertained the crowd. Children took pictures with Batgirl and Batman and played in a bounce house.
Roxanne Libby, who headed the volunteer effort by the World Mission Society Church of God, spoke about the goodwill extended by all the event’s sponsors. “We’re doing all we can to help with the fundraiser, to help the babies who need it,” she said.
State Director Addy Bonet said of the event’s significance for the community, “Those folks who have been affected by premature birth, these families get together and can do something here. If they lost a baby, they can honor the baby –- and if they have healthy babies, too, because it’s a blessing to have a healthy baby.”
Fourteen other March of Dimes events will take place throughout New Jersey, with the goal of raising $14 million. There will be 900 other marches throughout the country this year.