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9/22/2017 Member News
2017 Manasota March for Babies Awards Celebration

(Sarasota, Florida • September 21, 2017) March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, is pleased to announce the 2017 honorees for the first annual March for Babies Awards Celebration for Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The event took place September 21, 2017 at the Cobb CinéBistro Siesta Key.

The Manasota March for Babies Awards Celebration brought together individuals and companies who participated in the 2017 Manasota March for Babies, a walking event that is held annually in J.D. Hamel Park. This year’s March for Babies raised a phenomenal $1.9 Million with the Manasota market raising over $300,000.00.

“Tonight was to celebrate all those who care about the health of moms and babies, I know each person in the room worked so hard to help us get to this monumental number,” said Olivia Lamer Horne, Development Manager for the March of Dimes Foundation. “We have been increasing our revenue every year and that means more and more babies will have a chance for a healthy birth.”

The 2017 honorees and award recipients included 1st Place Company Team: Publix Super Markets, 2nd Place Company Team: CORE Construction, Third Place Company Team: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Rookie of the Year: Arsenault Dermatology.

Award recipients also include: 3rd Place Individual Fundraiser: Danette George, 2nd Place Individual Fundraiser: Erin Diaz and First Place Individual Fundraiser: Lisa Johnson. Lisa has been participating in March for Babies for over 20 years and raised over $19,000 this year!

Also attending the celebration were Kimberlee and Alex Peralta of Bradenton, with their two year old son, Luke. Luke was born premature at 29 weeks, weighing only 2 pounds. "We had the privilege tonight to meet some amazing people that are helping save babies lives, like our son Luke” said Kimberlee!

For information on how to donate, volunteer and help fight prematurity, please email Olivia Lamer Horne at or go to

Awards Celebrations Honorees: Photos left to right:
Photo 1: Diane Johnston (Publix), Lisa Field (March of Dimes Board Member), Christine Gore (Publix), Judy (Publix) and Jamie (Publix) Photo 2: Mark Hudson (CORE Construction), Rhonda Brouckaert (CORE Construction), Lisa Johnson (CORE Construction) and Jeremy (CORE Construction) Photo 3: Susan Doyle (Sarasota Memorial Hospital) Photo 4: Luke, Alex and Kimberlee Peralta (March of Dimes representatives)


About March of Dimes – March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, with a mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.


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