For more information contact Enna Whitted (248) 808.2823.
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The March of Dimes 13th Annual Signature Chefs Auction presented by McLaren Port Huron offers the enjoyment of culinary delights prepared by popular restaurants and their chefs. Guests are invited to bid on silent auction packages during the taste sampling. The live auction program will include fun and unique packages, including dining and travel experiences.
Together we can give them tomorrow
Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It is, in fact, the #1 killer of babies. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, with over 15,000 in Michigan alone. The U.S. preterm birth rate is still too high at 9.6 percent—higher than that of most developed nations—while Michigan’s preterm birth rate is even higher at 9.9 percent.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, taking an extreme toll on families emotionally and financially.
In 2016-2017, the March of Dimes granted $1.3 million for programs, research and services in Michigan. The funds provide prenatal education for doctors and nurses at community hospitals, as well as the award-winning March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program.
March of Dimes grantees in Michigan are positively impacting birth outcomes. Each partner is conducting a program that will increase preconception and prenatal health knowledge, positively change behavior and/or increase positive birth outcomes. We are grateful to work with committed partners in an effort to give every family a chance at a happy, healthy start.
March of Dimes Michigan has heavily invested in group prenatal care with our partners across the state. This innovative approach to prenatal care has produced significant improvement in not only babies being born at term, but also Mom and baby thrive in bonding, increased breastfeeding, and healthy weight gain and brain development.
March of Dimes is strategically funding programs that promote health equity among different racial/ethnic groups. African American babies are two times more likely to be born premature more than their Caucasian counterparts. Michigan funds programs that address social determinates of health to increase the rate of African American babies born full term.
Leading preventable causes of premature birth in Michigan include: tobacco use during pregnancy, lack of health education, good health status prior to pregnancy and a lack of access to proven interventions for women with prior preterm birth such as progesterone (17P) shots.
Michigan Investment goals
1. Decrease Smoking during pregnancy
2. Increase the use of 17P in indicated pregancies through reducing barriers, cost and insurance limitations
3. Encourage, through education, Mom's to space births 18 months apart
Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions.
Your Fund the Mission gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Fund the Mission gifts are 100% tax deductible and can be made during the Live Auction or by clicking the Help Fund the Mission link at the top of this page.
Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.
Conner Street Pub
Freighters Eatery and Taproom
Great Lakes Italian
Harsens Island Brewery
Lynch's Irish Tavern
Palm's Krystal Bar & Grill
Rix's Roof Top
The Culinary Institute of Michigan | Baker College of Port Huron
How we help
The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies.
We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer
information and comfort to families.
We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions. More