| By Jason C. Mattox
With just one day to go prior to the March of Dimes’ Walk America, the organization collected more than 75 percent of its $24,000 budget during "Bank Day" at First Security Bank in Batesville on Thursday.
March of Dimes Community Development director Connie Snell of Tupelo said the support from Batesville has been great.
"We have had an excellent Bank Day," she said. "There is still money coming in, and we are really hopeful that we will blow our budgeted amount out of the water."
Teams participating in this year’s Walk America, which takes place on the track at Tiger Stadium on Highway 51 on Saturday, include groups from Citi Financial, the Batesville Job Corps Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Mississippi, Famous Footwear (Factory Brand Shoes), the South Panola High School FCCLA; First Security Bank, Kelly Services, Mill Creek of Batesville, the Mississippi Department of Health, Parker Hanafin, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Savannah’s Angels, State Farm Insurance, Zeta Phi Beta, Western Sizzlin, The Panolian and more.
"We still have team signing up everyday," Snell said. "We won’t know how many we have until the walk actually starts Saturday."
Sign up for the walk begins at 9 a.m. The walk will start at 10 a.m.
Members of the South Panola Tigers will be on hand to sign autographs. A football autographed by the entire team will be auctioned off.
The South Panola Peer Puppet Team will be at Walk America to perform for children in attendance.
The March of Dimes conducts research to prevent premature births and promote healthy pregnancies and babies.