More than 12,000 of New Jersey babies will be born premature this year, and business leaders Barbara Koonz and Hesser G. McBride Jr. are working with the March of Dimes to change this.
Barbara Koonz, counsel, and Hesser G. McBride Jr., shareholder, both of Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer in Woodbridge NJ, know how important the March of Dimes mission is. They have taken on the role of Middlesex County March for Babies Co-Chairs to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects, and to give back to the Middlesex County community. They have made the commitment to raise $100,000 as part of the overall goal of $422,000 in Middlesex County.
March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year in Middlesex County more than $393,000 was raised. This year, March for Babies Co-Chairs Koonz and McBride will focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies.
“Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is honored to join with the many dedicated businesses and individuals in Middlesex County to support the March of Dime in its efforts to assist families to have healthy babies and to fund research to find answers to problems that threaten the health of babies. The success of the March of Dimes embodies the ideals of our firm and our county that small efforts by many can have a tremendous positive impact on our communities. We look forward to working together with the March of Dimes for stronger, healthier babies,” said Koonz and McBride.
Middlesex County residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. Last year, more than 2500 people attended the event -- which will be held this year on Sunday, April 27 at Johnson Park, Grove 5 in Piscataway NJ.
“We’re so excited to have Barbara Koonz and Hesser G. McBride Jr on board to help us at a local level,” said Addy Bonet, State Director for the New Jersey March of Dimes Chapter. “Their passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event. We are grateful for their commitment.”
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines. The state sponsors are Actavis, Ikaria, Investors Bank, New Jersey Monthly, PSEG, UnitedHealthcare, and Virtua, and the local sponsors are Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, Johnson & Johnson and Siemen’s Caring Hands Foundation.