Vero Beach Police Department Sponsors Beard For Babies

Officers from the Vero Beach Police Department will participate in the March of Dimes' Beards for Babies.
Officers from the Vero Beach Police Department will participate in the March of Dimes' Beards for Babies.

VERO BEACH – The Vero Beach Police Department will sponsor Beard for Babies as a way to fundraise for March of Dimes.

“I view this fundraising opportunity with the March of Dimes as a win-win,” Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey said in a statement. “Our officers have the chance to grow a clean, professional beard while raising funds for such a worthy cause.”

Funds raised will help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. The March of Dimes is committed to preventing it by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.

  • Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies.
  • In the United States, 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely every year.
  • Premature birth costs employers $12 billion dollars annually.
  • Every year in Florida, 21,846 babies are born prematurely.
  • Preventing premature birth could mean an annual savings of $1.1 Billion nationwide.
  • Florida earned a C on the 9th annual Premature Birth Report Card in 2016.

If you want to help police officers in Vero Beach, join them for March for Babies on May 6, 2017 at Riverside Park. Hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the celebration.

March for Babies is the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by: Bill & Mary Ann Becker, Vero Insurance and Wells Fargo.

Registration begins at 7:30 AM. and kicks off at 8:30 AM. March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a kids’ zone with Face Painting and Balloons, a DJ, games, refreshments, awards ceremony. To register for the walk, visit www.marchforbabies.org. To donate, visit www.marchofdimes.org/florida, or call (772) 410-5461 to help give babies a fighting chance.

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