Chefs' Auction Supports March of Dimes Healthy Babies

WI Web Staff Report | 10/18/2011, 2:04 p.m.

On Nov. 16, more than 30 top chefs as well as bartenders and vintners will gather at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C. where they will offer diners an opportunity to enjoy a great night out while raising funds and increasing awareness of the March of Dimes' mission to improve the health of babies.

In addition to sampling signature dishes, cocktails and wines, guests will be able to bid on unique dining, travel and beauty auction packages.

"What better way to enjoy a wonderful meal than by supporting the March of Dimes mission and working together for stronger, healthier babies, right here in Washington, D.C." said former White House Chef and 2011 chair, Walter Scheib. "I am grateful that volunteering for the March of Dimes gave me a chance to work with honorary Chef Robert Wiedmaier and Cocktail chair Jo-Jo Valenzuela."

The March of Dimes' mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Proceeds will fund research for answers to premature birth and support local programs such as the Mama & Baby Bus, Stork's Nest and NICU Family Support programs at Children's National Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital.

Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, and in the Washington Metropolitan area, close to 3,000 babies are born prematurely annually. Of that number, 100 of babies will not survive to see their first birthday. In addition, babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities; and the March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and provide comfort and information to families.

For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.