The March of Dimes cause, once dedicated to battling polio, now takes on today’s leading causes of death among infants: prematurity and birth defects. Under the stars on June 18, the organization raised funds for research, education and prenatal care as citizens of the New Orleans community attended the March of Dimes’ Spotlight on Success at Generations Hall.
The emcee for the evening was the lovely Camille Whitworth from WDSU-TV; Jennie Westermann and Jason Westphal served as co-chairs. Thirty “Outstanding Professionals” served as honorees responsible for gathering items to be auctioned in packages. The 24th “class” did a remarkable job, making the night ripe for celebration. A bountiful buffet featured the best from Figaro’s, Maurice’s French Pastries, Ralph’s on the Park, Rock-n-Sake of New Orleans, VooDoo BBQ and more. Glamorously dressed guests mixed and mingled with old and new friends over cocktails in the dramatic two-tier setting, and a lively audience partied until midnight with live music by The Animal Krackers.
The March of Dimes reminds us that, “every hour, 53 babies are born too small and have to fight just to survive. And every hour, 17 babies are born with a birth defect that could kill or disable them.” Appreciation goes to all who attended the much-anticipated annual event as well as to sponsors including New Orleans Magazine, Gourmet Food Mall.com and Popochos Watch Skins.