Greenville, NC (December 7, 2012) —Last month, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, received the “Champion for Babies” award for his 40 years of service to the March of Dimes from president Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, and chair of the Board of Trustees LaVerne Council, at the March of Dimes annual Volunteer Leadership Conference in Walt Disney World. “Mr. Palmer has been a true champion for babies for more than 40 years,” said Dr. Howse. “He has helped millions of moms and babies through his work on and off the golf course.” From 1971 and continuing for nearly 20 years Mr. Palmer was the Honorary National Chairman for the March of Dimes. He appeared in numerous public service announcements with March of Dimes ambassador children.
No one loves Arnold Palmer more than Rob Peterson of Greenville. Peterson, headmaster at Oakwood School, recently accepted the role of Chair for the Greenville March for Babies. “I remember seeing Arnold Palmer in March of Dimes PSAs when I was younger, and to have the opportunity to take on a role similar to his is a true honor!” said Peterson. “Prematurity is the number one public health problem in America and the health of our community is directly linked to the health of our babies. Thanks to the work of the March of Dimes, we one step closer to making sure every baby is born happy and healthy.”
March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which will celebrate 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 and every one of them through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
As March for Babies Chair, Peterson will 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 preterm birth and birth defects.
“My work with the March of Dimes is a real honor – especially during the Foundation’s milestone 75th anniversary year. March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies,” said Peterson. “I can’t think of a more important cause than healthy babies. As a business leader, I know that preventing preterm birth can help our bottom line by lowering health care costs.”
He continued, “Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death. It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies.”
Rob Peterson has made the commitment to raise $20,000 in new revenue as part of the 2013 March for Babies total goal of $100,000.
“I couldn’t be happier having Mr. Peterson serve as March for Babies Chair,” said Tiffany Wise, State Director for the North Carolina March of Dimes Chapter. “I am sure that he will bring the same drive, dedication and passion that made him a well-respected member of the community to his efforts on behalf of March for Babies. I know his contribution will go a long way to making this year’s event an unqualified success.”
Greenville residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event — which will be held this year, May 19 at Town Commons in Greenville.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.