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Commemorating Black History Month

Beverly Hills, California — Friday, February 26, 2010

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The March of Dimes hosted a Black History Month breakfast at the Four Season Hotel here for celebrity volunteers, corporate supporters, and national service partners to discuss the alarming rates of premature birth in the African-American community. Lisa Leslie, expectant mom, retired WNBA/LA Sparks player, and March of Dimes volunteer (first row, second from left) was joined by fellow March of Dimes volunteers Rachel Bervell, National Youth Council member, Harvard College; Densel Fleming, March of Dimes ambassador father; Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper, Hell’s Kitchen winner; Faye McClure, Director of Strategic Marketing, Farmer’s Insurance; Aonika Laurent Thomas, actress; Sean Patrick Thomas, actor; and Camille Winbush, actress (Secret Life of the American Teenager) and March of Dimes Youth Volunteer. Leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; and Top Ladies & Top Teens of Distinction are also shown. These guests and others shared their personal stories and connection to March of Dimes efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life. 

Photo Caption: Celebrity Volunteer Moms Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, actress (left) and Lisa Leslie (right), retired WNBA/LA Sparks player, took part in a March of Dimes Black History Month Breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel here with other celebrity volunteers, corporate supporters, and national service partners to discuss the alarming rates of premature birth in the African-American community. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Lewis)

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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