‘March For Babies’ Kickoff
I attended the Feb. 22 kickoff event (at Pasco Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch) for the 2017 Suncoast March of Dimes “March for Babies,” which will be held Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m., at the Shops at Wiregrass mall. The annual walk is the largest fund raiser for the March of Dimes, which invites you to walk for more babies to be born healthy. Premature birth is the number one killer of babies and the March of Dimes, which was founded in 1938 by former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (afflicted with polio himself) to combat polio, which at that time, was a tremendous worldwide killer and crippler of babies. Since then, the organization has focused its efforts on helping mothers and babies live healthier lives.
The 2017 Event Chair, Jennifer Cofini (photo above), who works for the Parks Auto Group, has two children, Dylan and Madison, both of whom were born prematurely (although they are both healthy today), so the March of Dimes is near and dear to her heart. Jen and her committee hosted more than 100 people at the kickoff event, many of whom work for Publix, a major sponsor of this year’s March.
According to MarchforBabies.org/ EventInfo?EventID=18398, the March already has raised more than $25,000, with Cofini’s goal being $250,000. WTVT-TV Fox 13 news anchor Linda Hurtado hosted the kickoff event, and quite a few parents of premature babies who amazingly survived being born as early as 29 weeks into a 40-week pregnancy brought those children along with them to the event; some even told their amazing, heart-wrenching stories of courage.
I hope you’ll visit the previously mentioned website to make a donation and show up at the mall for a nice, three-mile walk to benefit this wonderful cause.
WRH Team Wins ‘People’s Choice’ At Dessert Contest
I also was on hand on Feb. 23, for the Pasco Education Foundation (PEF)’s second annual dessert contest (held at Land O’Lakes High), whereby teams from all five high school Culinary Academies in Pasco County competed to be able to provide dessert for more than 200 guests at PEF’s upcoming “Cinderella Ball” (to be held tomorrow night at Heritage Springs Country Club in Trinity), the foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. Although a team from Land O’Lakes High won first place from the four judges, one of the two teams (photo, left) from Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) took home the “People’s Choice” award for its strawberry dessert.
My surprising (to me) favorite of the seven confections everyone in attendance got to sample that night was the “24 Karat” dessert provided by the other WRH team. It had just enough of a hint of cayenne pepper in it to give this chocolate delight a unique kick.
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