Southeast Michigan Will 'Hit the Pavement' for WalkAmerica 2001, April 28-29

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from March of Dimes

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Detroiters can help save
 babies in southeast Michigan by hitting the pavement April 28-29 for
 WalkAmerica -- the nation's premier walking event that supports the March of
 Dimes' mission of saving babies through community services, research and
 education programs.  WalkAmerica is the No. 1 fundraising event for the March
 of Dimes.
     During the last weekend in April, eleven communities will play host to the
 eight-mile walk, whose proceeds make it possible for the March of Dimes to
 continue saving babies through community programs such as Healthy Baby
 Services, which provides free rides to prenatal visits for mothers without
 transportation.
     "Nearly everyone has been touched by the March of Dimes and its mission of
 saving babies," said Denise Ilitch, vice chair of Little Caesars Enterprises,
 Inc., president of Ilitch Holdings and WalkAmerica co-chair.  "The March of
 Dimes is responsible for many major breakthroughs including the polio vaccine
 and awareness that folic acid, a B vitamin, can prevent birth defects of the
 brain and spine," Ilitch said.
     Volunteers from all areas of southeast Michigan will include local co-
 chair John McHale, president of the Detroit Tigers; and co-chair, Denise
 Ilitch.  They join other local heroes whose commitment to the March of Dimes
 mission translates into critical research and programs of community service,
 advocacy and education ... people such as Gordon Follmer, founder of Follmer
 Rudzewicz & Co., last year's top WalkAmerica fundraiser.
     National sponsors of WalkAmerica include Kmart, the Florida Department of
 Citrus, CIGNA HealthCare, Canon and the National Peanut Board.
     The March of Dimes is relying on the support of Metro Detroiters to reach
 its goal of $2 million in 2001.  Individuals as well as teams are encouraged
 to participate by walking, forming a company team, or dropping by Kmart to
 purchase a paper sneaker.  To register for WalkAmerica, call the March of
 Dimes at 800-BIG-WALK.
     The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is
 to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant
 mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research,
 community services, education and advocacy to save babies.  More information
 is available on the March of Dimes Web sites at www.modimes.org and
 www.nacersano.org .
 
     April 28 and 29 WalkAmerica locations include:
     ALGONAC - Algonac Elementary School
     ANN ARBOR - Hudson Mills Metropark
     DETROIT - Hart Plaza
     FLINT - Kettering University
     KENSINGTON PARK - Martindale Beach
     *LAPEER - Historic Court House
     METROBEACH - Metro Park
     *MONROE - Monroe Multisports Complex
     *PLYMOUTH - Haggerty Field
     PORT HURON - St. Clair Community College
     TROY - Lawn behind city offices
 
     * Saturday, April 28, 2001
 
 

SOURCE March of Dimes
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Detroiters can help save
 babies in southeast Michigan by hitting the pavement April 28-29 for
 WalkAmerica -- the nation's premier walking event that supports the March of
 Dimes' mission of saving babies through community services, research and
 education programs.  WalkAmerica is the No. 1 fundraising event for the March
 of Dimes.
     During the last weekend in April, eleven communities will play host to the
 eight-mile walk, whose proceeds make it possible for the March of Dimes to
 continue saving babies through community programs such as Healthy Baby
 Services, which provides free rides to prenatal visits for mothers without
 transportation.
     "Nearly everyone has been touched by the March of Dimes and its mission of
 saving babies," said Denise Ilitch, vice chair of Little Caesars Enterprises,
 Inc., president of Ilitch Holdings and WalkAmerica co-chair.  "The March of
 Dimes is responsible for many major breakthroughs including the polio vaccine
 and awareness that folic acid, a B vitamin, can prevent birth defects of the
 brain and spine," Ilitch said.
     Volunteers from all areas of southeast Michigan will include local co-
 chair John McHale, president of the Detroit Tigers; and co-chair, Denise
 Ilitch.  They join other local heroes whose commitment to the March of Dimes
 mission translates into critical research and programs of community service,
 advocacy and education ... people such as Gordon Follmer, founder of Follmer
 Rudzewicz & Co., last year's top WalkAmerica fundraiser.
     National sponsors of WalkAmerica include Kmart, the Florida Department of
 Citrus, CIGNA HealthCare, Canon and the National Peanut Board.
     The March of Dimes is relying on the support of Metro Detroiters to reach
 its goal of $2 million in 2001.  Individuals as well as teams are encouraged
 to participate by walking, forming a company team, or dropping by Kmart to
 purchase a paper sneaker.  To register for WalkAmerica, call the March of
 Dimes at 800-BIG-WALK.
     The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is
 to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant
 mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research,
 community services, education and advocacy to save babies.  More information
 is available on the March of Dimes Web sites at www.modimes.org and
 www.nacersano.org .
 
     April 28 and 29 WalkAmerica locations include:
     ALGONAC - Algonac Elementary School
     ANN ARBOR - Hudson Mills Metropark
     DETROIT - Hart Plaza
     FLINT - Kettering University
     KENSINGTON PARK - Martindale Beach
     *LAPEER - Historic Court House
     METROBEACH - Metro Park
     *MONROE - Monroe Multisports Complex
     *PLYMOUTH - Haggerty Field
     PORT HURON - St. Clair Community College
     TROY - Lawn behind city offices
 
     * Saturday, April 28, 2001
 
 SOURCE  March of Dimes