Hundreds of walkers hit the pavement in downtown Ardmore Saturday for the March for Babies, the March of Dimes annual fundraiser.


 


Participants collected $197,556 to support the MOD, an increase of $26,000 over what was raised last year. The theme for this year’s fundraiser was “Amazing Baby Race for Healthy Babies.” Ardmore Police Sgt. Bobby Moore and his wife, Pam, are the 2010 March for Babies co-chairs, and Brandon Twyford, an assistant vice president and loan officer at Citizens Bank and Trust Company, is this year’s chair for the local MOD Board of Directors.


Hundreds of walkers hit the pavement in downtown Ardmore Saturday for the March for Babies, the March of Dimes annual fundraiser.

 

Participants collected $197,556 to support the MOD, an increase of $26,000 over what was raised last year. The theme for this year’s fundraiser was “Amazing Baby Race for Healthy Babies.” Ardmore Police Sgt. Bobby Moore and his wife, Pam, are the 2010 March for Babies co-chairs, and Brandon Twyford, an assistant vice president and loan officer at Citizens Bank and Trust Company, is this year’s chair for the local MOD Board of Directors.

 

“It’s just awesome,” Arbuckle Division Director Nancy Miller said after the final numbers were announced. “It proves once again that southern Oklahoma wants healthy babies.”

 

The March of Dimes changed the name of its major fundraising event from WalkAmerica to March for Babies in 2008. Despite the name change, the organization’s mission remains the same — preventing birth defects and premature births and reducing infant mortality rates. About one in eight babies is born prematurely.

 

Babies who are born too soon and too small often require expensive neonatal care. The health consequences for the survivors can be devastating and include cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other neurological conditions.

 

Laurie Applekamp, Oklahoma State Director for MOD,  and L.D. Carter, Western Region Area Director for MOD, attended Saturday’s march for the first time.

 

“I am totally blown away,” Applekamp said. “This really does compare to a Tulsa event in terms of the number of people here.”

 

Lone Grove High School band director Doug Hansen was the first winner of the “Matthew Alexander Spirit Award” for incorporating school drum lines into the march. Alexander, who died in 2007, was the local MOD ambassador for 10 years.

 

Jax Birth, 3, who was born seven weeks early, is a prime example of why so many people support the MOD.

 

“He’s good,” his mother, Darrah, said while watching the toddler run along the sidewalk in Central Park. “He’s up to par on everything.”

 

March for Babies results

TOP 10 TEAMS
Super Team: Michelin North America    $33,414
1st: Dollar General Corporation    $18,258
2nd: Ardmore City Schools    $15,722
3rd: Mercy Memorial Health    $14,520
4th: Plainview Schools    $12,259
5th: Noble Foundation    $8,140
6th: American National Bank    $6,507
7th: Noble Energy    $5,724
8th: Blake’s Bunch    $4,759
9th: Marietta FCCLA    $4,104
10th: Landmark Bank/Oak Hall $4,000

TEAM AWARDS
PROGRAM
School, Church, Civic
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Ardmore City Schools
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
Plainview Schools

Municipal (City, County, State, Federal Agencies)
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
City of Ardmore
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
Department of Human Services

Corporate Division 1-49 employees
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Tri-Power Resources
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
First Bank & Trust

Companies with 50-149 employees
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
American National Bank
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
American National Bank

Companies with 150-299 employees
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Noble Energy
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
Noble Energy

Companies with 300-499 employees
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Noble Foundation
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
Noble Foundation

Companies with 500-999 employees
TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Dollar General
TEAM WITH HIGHEST WALKER AVERAGE
Dollar General

Companies with 1,000+ employees

TEAM RAISING THE MOST MONEY
Michelin North America


MOST OUTSTANDING
NEW TEAM
City of Ardmore    $3,722

TEAM RAISING MOST
MONEY THROUGH
WRAPAROUND EVENTS
Dollar General Distribution    $14,358

TEAM WITH GREATEST INCREASE OVER 2009
Department of Human Services     — 239 percent

TOP WALKERS
Melissa Woolly    $3,660
Lu Anne Johnson    $3,660

FAMILY TEAMS — TOTAL $14,600
Aftyn Amblers
Blake’s Bunch
Haley’s Helpers
Matthew Memory
Marchers
Seth’s Supporters
Team Rhyleigh
The Jax Pack
Devon and Holly Walker

PEP RALLY SKIT
1st Theme: Dollar General
2nd Theme: American National Bank
1st Creativity: Dollar General
2nd Creativity: American National Bank
1st People’s Choice: American National Bank
2nd People’s Choice: Dollar General

T-SHIRT
1st Theme: American National Bank
2nd Theme: Haley’s Helpers
1st Creativity: Dollar General
2nd Creativity: Seth’s Supporters
1st People’s Choice: Dollar General
2nd People’s Choice: Seth’s Supporters