| By Jason C. Mattox
Teams in the Batesville Walk America Event hope to raise $25,000 for March of Dimes in 2007.
During a kick-off luncheon at Parker-Hannafin last Thursday, community director Connie Snell signed up 16 teams for the annual walk.
This year’s event will take place April 21, on the walking track at Tiger Stadium.
"Last year’s walk was the first one we held at Tiger Stadium, and it went very well," Snell said. "They were very accommodating, and supportive of this event."
For those unfamiliar with March of Dimes, the national campaign is premature births.
"Prematurity is a silent crisis in America," the website states. "The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign is a multi-year, multi-million dollar research, awareness and education campaign to help families have healthier babies."
During the 2006 Walk America event, $24,000 was raised to help the organization, and Snell believes the goal of $25,000 for the 2007 walk is attainable.
"We aren’t increasing the goal by all that much," she said. "Plus, this year, we are combining the Batesville and Oxford events into one."
Snell did say she would like to see more teams sign up for the walk.
"We have 16 teams already committed," she said. "That’s a good start, but we need to get more support for the event."
Anyone interested in forming a team for the Walk America event can contact Snell at 662-844-6901 for more information.
"Anyone who wants to sign up just needs to give me a call, and I will be happy to put an information packet in the mail to them," she said.