KUDOS OF THE MONTH: March of Dimes

CHEFS AUCTION: State Rep. Glen and Sally Mulready, this year’s event chairs for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, stand with Devin Levine, left, executive chef of the BOK Center and the Cox Business Center and lead chef for the event to be held Nov. 13.

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The Eastern Oklahoma division of the March of Dimes will host its 26th annual Signature Chefs Auction Nov. 13 at the Cox Business Center Ballroom. This high-profile event, chaired by State Rep. Glen and Sally Mulready, attracts hundreds of guests, philanthropists and corporations in an effort to raise funds and awareness for March of Dimes. Devin Levine, executive chef of the Center and the Cox Business Center, is lead chef of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction and will coordinate culinary creations from a variety of top local chefs.

March of Dimes helps local families to receive the resources they need while their prematurely-born infants receive care. For more than 75 years, families have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

Premature birth (birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of newborn death. In addition, babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies-that’s one of every nine infants born in the United States. American Indian women have the second highest rate for preterm births among all ethnic groups.

Updated 10-27-2015

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