Hundreds gathered at Central Park Saturday morning to participate in the March of Dimes Arbuckle Division’s annual fundraiser March for Babies.
The 2.3-mile walk through downtown Ardmore was a celebration for the dozens of teams that participated in this year’s event.
Since March, the teams have been collecting funds to benefit the March of Dimes — a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. To raise the funds, team’s conducted fundraisers, such as raffles, selling concessions, T-shirt sales and collecting spare changes. Together, the teams raising more than $130,000, said Nancy Miller, division director for the March of Dimes.
This year’s walk marked Miller’s 18th as the director for the Arbuckle Division. She is retiring this year, but plans to return next April as a participant in the event.
In Miller’s 18 years, she has witnessed the Ardmore March for Babies raise just under $3 million for March of Dimes.
For this year’s fundraiser, super team Michelin North America raised $40,000. In the team competition, Mercy Hospital Ardmore brought in $17,686, followed by Ardmore City School at $12,434 and the Noble Foundation at $12,184.
The 10 family teams raised $14,923 with Love Bugs as the top team — collecting $4,682.
Participants of March of Dimes, represented local school districts and businesses, finished the loop through downtown and back to Central Park. At the park, they were treated to a hamburger and hot dog lunch — provided by employees of Michelin North America.