Little Falls, NY – Whether it be a March for Babies event, preemie fashion show, or individuals raising funds in their own creative way, March of Dimes is grateful for the support as it is critical to continue their fight for the smallest among us and advocating for their health every day. This spring, the Syracuse March of Dimes will presents its annual Signature Chefs Auction.

The team behind this culinary evening of entertainment is making changes this year, including holding the fundraiser at Sky Armory spread across two floors. According to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), “This event has been widely popular for many years and we are excited to build off that success to create a unique experience for guests while raising money for March of Dimes.”

Another new component of Chefs this year is that it is being co-chaired by a husband and wife. This “Mr. and Mrs.” duo resides in Little Falls, more than 70 miles outside Syracuse, and is teaming up to assemble the event. Matthew and Laura Powers are parents to twin boys born significantly preterm. Laura Powers is a Financial Advisor at Strategic Financial Services (Utica/Syracuse) and shares, “When I went into preterm labor on Christmas Day at nearly 6 months into my pregnancy, my world was suddenly filled with uncertainty and fear, but also love and hope. I soon learned about March of Dimes.” Powers’ twin sons were born on New Year’s Day premature at only 26 ½ weeks weighing just over 2 pounds each and spent more than two months in Crouse NICU while they fought to survive. They are now happy, healthy 5-year olds who help their parents advocate for healthy pregnancies and babies by supporting the March of Dimes.

Matthew Powers is a tenured English instructor at Herkimer College and explains, “When my wife was pregnant, I never considered the possibility of prematurity and the toll that the NICU experience would have on us. While stressful and scary, it has made me even more appreciative of our healthy little guys. It’s quite likely that they may not be here to hold our hands today if it weren’t for the care Crouse NICU provided and the work done by March of Dimes.”

The couple explains that they will be forever grateful to the organization and believe that its mission touches the lives of every baby, which is why they have agreed to co-chair this worthwhile event. Laura shares, “Our family does a lot to support the Mohawk Valley chapter, but we also have a place in our hearts for the Syracuse area given our boys’ birth story. At the end of the day, the proceeds go toward March of Dimes and that means the world to us.” The Powers family will also serve as the Ambassador Family for the 2019 March for Babies Mohawk Valley.

In addition to their careers in wealth management and higher education, the couple is starting their own business in Little Falls. Their new board game cafe, Meeples Mug House, will offer light foods, cafe style drinks, and a place for patrons to reconnect through play, strategy and communication. The Powers family has plans to hold various fundraisers for March of Dimes in their new shop as well. “Meeples Mug House is a perfect space to welcome families and keep our sons involved in our fundraising activities.”

The Syracuse Signature Chefs Auction is a premier fundraiser that celebrates culinary excellence with top chefs featuring their creations for guests. The evening includes a dynamic, party atmosphere and reflects regional styles and local flavors. There is a live auction, musical entertainment, dancing, tastings and much more. Guests will enjoy a black-tie atmosphere while they sample high-end dishes and enjoy local beverages.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies, believing that every baby deserves the best possible start. For 80 years, this non-profit organization has fought for the health of mothers and babies with a goal to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes recognizes that each family’s journey is unique, and they aim to help all babies through research, advocacy, education, and support. The tools, technology and knowledge are highlighted throughout the diversity of their fundraising efforts. The Chefs event will take place at Sky Armory in Syracuse on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $100, and guests may opt to reserve tables of 10 for larger parties. For more information, please visit signaturechefs.org/syracuse. There is also a public Facebook event “Syracuse Signature Chefs Event” available online.