HAGERSTOWN—Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II is helping to lead a local effort to raise money for the March of Dimes.
Bruchey will serve as the 2011 Washington County Revenue co-chairman, along with Doug Stahl, for the March for Babies — the March of Dimes' biggest fundraiser, according to a news release from the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter of the March of Dimes.
The March for Babies is a walking event that helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies, the release said.
Washington County's March for Babies will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.
Local residents can sign up at marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. More than 500 people attended last year's event.
Bruchey and Stahl have committed to raising at least $20,000 toward the local goal of $80,000 to help prevent premature births and help women reach full-term pregnancies, the release said.
Last year, the Washington County event raised more than $75,000. This year, Bruchey and Stahl hope to bring in even more by focusing on new revenue and helping to raise awareness in the area, the release said.
"As mayor of Hagerstown, this campaign gives me a unique opportunity to help the community that I love," Bruchey was quoted as saying in the release.
"I can't think of a more important cause than our babies," said Bruchey, who will be visiting local businesses to request their support in the coming months.
"One in eight of our babies in Washington County is born premature, and that's just not acceptable. It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies."
Washington County March for Babies is sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Citi, Safeway, and WHAG.
March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Bayer Healthcare, Cigna, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, United Airlines, First Response and Mission Pharmacal.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the organization works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.