Health & Wellness

March of Dimes Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Fundraising Kickoff Event

February 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

 NEWTON, NJ - "I don’t do this to support the March of Dimes, I do it to thank them,” expressed Kelly Cart, a mother to premature twins, saved by the research done by the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes is currently celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and sponsored a kickoff event at Sussex County Community College on Friday, Feb. 1. The organization teamed up with the Biryukov Academy, and its Program Director Elena Zelenina, to display incredible performances by talented, local children in music and dance. The event, "Music of the Decades,"  took the audience on a trip through the periods that the March of Dimes has been active. From "Whistle A Happy Tune" to "Dancing Queen," and "My Heart Will Go On" to "Red," no decade was left behind.

 The fun filled event also featured hors d’oeuvres, live music and speeches by parents affected by premature birth. The event also brought out some of the organizations most valued allies: its volunteers.

“I can’t participate in the walk, so I wanted to support this way,” said Helen Wescott of Sandyston. “I wanted to support the March of Dimes and sick babies.”

Sign Up for E-News

Local business supporters and partners came out in full force, including Bill Snouffer from Franklin Sussex Automall, who pledged $10,000 to the organization during a speech, and Newton Medical Center.

“Newton Medical Center is very proud to be a sponsor of the March of Dimes walk; it’s a very important cause to raise funds for research and development and care for these families. For Newton Medical Center, we deliver babies every day; you hope every baby is born within the normal window of time and that they are born healthy, but it’s good to know that an organization like the March of Dimes is there to help and support,” said Susan Frost, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Atlantic Health System, and a volunteer committee member for the Sussex/ Warren March of Dimes chapter.

“Likewise, Newton Medical Center is seamlessly connected to Morristown Medical Center with its neonatal unit, so if a baby is born premature one of the Atlantic Health Hospitals can assist with that birth,” Frost continued.

The attendees expressed a sense of pride and accomplishment throughout the evening, for what the March of Dimes has accomplished to help premature and sick babies during the past 75 years, from raising awareness to helping create lifesaving vaccines. Although all re-emphasized, there is always more work to be done.

 “We’re not through, we won’t stop until every baby is born healthy,” said March for Babies Event Chair and Executive Director of the Alumni Foundation at Sussex County Community College, Barbara Wortmann.

“We are really delighted to be part of the March of Dimes, not only the college, but myself as well. Children are just what make the world go round and it makes us go round too. We really want to do all we can to improve research and education. All of the volunteers and the people that are dedicated to the March of Dimes, we thank them and it’s wonderful. We’ve done so much in the last 75 years and we are really looking forward to the next 75 and making sure every child is born healthy,” said Wortmann.

"Music of the Decades" and the North Jersey chapter of the March of Dimes, those involved agreed, had an amazing group of volunteers and committee members on hand to help out during the event, but it would not have been pulled off without the hard work of JoAnn Bartoli, Community Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.

“We had a great turnout and I think the community in Sussex County really comes together and we hope that the people that came and told their stories touched the people that were here because I know that I am touched every time I hear these stories,” said Bartoli. “I just hope that it has made a difference in some of the lives of the people that were here and that they come out on April 28, and march with us."

Next on the group's fundraising agenda is the sale of original pieces of 20th Century Russian Art, currently on display at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College.

For more information the March of Dimes, or to register for the April 28 march at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, visit


Follow The Alternative Press for Sussex County News, as well as The Alternative Press of Sussex County's Facebook Page, for news, and other information.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Sparta Police Seek Help Identifying Car Burglary Suspect

January 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta police are asking the community for help in locating a person of interest in several car burglaries.

Police have released two photos; one of the man they are seeking to identify and the other of a vehicle police believe may be connected to the suspect.  They believe the suspect may have driven the car when the burglaries took place.

 According to ...

Sparta Police: Bronx Man Charged with Trying to Fill Fraudulent Prescription

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, NY was taken into custody for trying to fill a fraudulent prescription at Sparta CVS on January 16 around 12:51 p.m.

Sparta Police were called.  When Detective Brian Hassloch got to the Theater Center he saw a person meeting the description given by the CVS, driving away in a black mini-van.  Hassloch and Detective Jeff McCarrick stopped the ...

Sparta Police: Intoxicated Sparta Man Crashes into Light Pole

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into a light pole.  On January 9 around 11 p.m. Sparta police Cpl. Kurt Morris responded to the report of a naccident on West Shore Trail near White Deer Plaza according to police.

Morris found a 2014 Honda had struck a light pole and knocked it down. The car reportedly sustained a lot of ...

The Epidemic of Opiate Abuse

January 17, 2017

I do not agree with the Governor on much, but I am happy to hear that he has decided to work on drug issues in his final year of office. In our state and in my ex-rural region of Sussex County opioid abuse continues to be a major issue, but it has become now more of a national issue. According to The New York Times, “Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic.”  ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, January 21, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play


Thu, January 26, 7:00 PM

Franklin Firehouse, Franklin

Stop the Chop on Sparta Mountain Town Hall Meeting

Education Health & Wellness

Fri, January 27, 7:00 PM

The Inn at Millrace Pond, Hope

A Night of Songwriters At The Inn

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, January 28, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play



Sat, February 4, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play


Former Quarterdeck Inn Site Set To Transform Into 105 Room Hotel LBI

January 17, 2017

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The owner and developer of two distinctive properties in Stafford and LBI plans to erect a 105 room Victorian style hotel at the former site of the Quarter Deck Inn at the entrance to Long Beach Island in Ship Bottom.   The plans were approved a few years ago for the large hotel but the owner decided to moderately renovate the Quarterdeck building and develop it into the ...

Local Non Profit Schedules Events To Help People In Need

January 18, 2017

Nothing is Impossible, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by the senior partners of the McGivney and Kluger law firm. Their mission is to provide temporary financial assistance to individuals and families following a catastrophic event so that they may be able to maintain their independence in the community.  Feeling grateful for their successes, Chuck McGivney ...