Macon County’s March of Dimes March for Babies committee chair Jennifer Hollifield was presented with a plaque of appreciation by the Pisgah Division March of Dimes board honoring Hollifield’s 13 years of volunteer service and her dedication to saving babies.
The surprise presentation was made at the beginning of the committee’s regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Macon County Public Health Center where Hollifield is employed as a Health Education Specialist.
“We are so very proud and honored to have Jennifer Hollifield and her entire committee as a part of the March of Dimes family for so many years. She and they have truly made a difference in the lives of so many families in Franklin,” said Pisgah Division Director Aggie Alexander.
“March of Dimes has been holding March for Babies events in Franklin for more than 20 years,” added Alexander. “Jennifer has been leading the charge for the past 12 years. She and her faithful committee have raised more than $500,000 during that time,” she said.
Vice Chairman Michaela Blanton spoke on behalf of those Hollifield had helped throughout the years.
“We are so very proud and honored to have Jennifer Hollifield and her entire committee as a part of the March of Dimes family for so many years. She and they have truly made a difference in the lives of so many families in Franklin.” – Pisgah Division Director Aggie Alexander
“I think 13 years is absolutely incredible,” said Blanton. “Thank you from not only the board of the March of Dimes, but also the parents. The money you have raised has impacted so many babies, and not just babies, but the parents of those babies. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” she said.
Hollifield said that she knew something was up when the media walked in. But she emphasized that it takes the entire community to do the job.
“It’s not just me, it’s these guys (referring to the committee members). Some of you have been here longer than I have,” Hollifield said. “It’s all about the babies. It is a subject near and dear to my heart,” she said.
Following the award presentation, the committee continued with a business meeting to make plans for the coming year and to identify volunteers for recruitment to help implement the plans.
The local March for Babies signature event, The Walkathon, will be held Oct. 1 at the Franklin Memorial Park. The money raised at this event supports programs in the community to help expecting mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. It also funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies and to prevent premature births. Nationally, more than $2 billion has been raised to benefit babies since 1970.
Volunteers are always needed. Anyone that would like to help the local March of Dimes should contact March for Babies Committee Chair Jennifer Hollifield at (828)524-2439.
Visit www.marchforbabies.org for more information about the national event.