Saturday morning, the Ardmore High School drumline led hundreds of March of Dimes supporters adorning a variety of colorful T-shirts announcing their support for “Walking the World for Babies” through downtown Ardmore.
The walkers, who were made up of all ages, were participants in the March of Dimes Arbuckle division annual fundraiser, March for Babies, that began at Central Park.
Since February, more than 50 teams have been collecting funds to benefit the March of Dimes, which works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. Before the walk, board chair Cathy Alexander announced the teams and walkers had raised about $198,785, with funds still rolling in.
“Thank you doesn’t even begin to suffice,” Alexander said. “Ardmore is a very, very giving community, and the babies appreciate it.”
Super team Michelin North America raised $42,385. In the team competition, Mercy Hospital Ardmore brought in $19,869, followed by Plainview Schools at $12,876 and the Noble Foundation with $11,554.
The 10 family team donations totaled $18,067, with Family Matters as the top family team with $4,850.
Luanne Johnson was named the top walker, raising just under $2,000.
Participants, many representing local schools and businesses, finished the 2.6-mile route through downtown Ardmore and back to Central Park, then enjoyed a hamburger and hotdog lunch, provided by employees from Michelin North America.