Photo by Two Blue Eyes Photography (2018 event – Declan & Logan Powers of the 2019 Ambassador Family)

The Mohawk Valley March of Dimes lays out the red carpet for their annual Precious Preemie Fashion Show! Whether born prematurely or full term, every baby has a story and the March of Dimes is bringing families and friends of premature babies together to raise awareness and send a message of hope throughout the Mohawk Valley.

The 2019 Mohawk Valley Ambassador Family is led by Little Falls residents Laura and Matt Powers of Team Logan & Declan. Powers’ twin sons were born in 2014 on New Year’s Day extremely premature and spent their first months in NICU. She will share their story and how March of Dimes has impacted their family.

Children of all ages are ages are welcome to strut their stuff down the runway and families will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club. Music will be provided by DJ Express, courtesy of Kevin Canastar who is also a Little Falls resident. Powers shares, “My generous cousin Kevin has donated his DJ services to this event for the past three years and it’s one of the features that makes it so special for us!”

Crafts and activities will be in place for children and there will also be auction items available. According to Powers, “Each year we have a new theme and this year we are celebrating what the kids want to be when they grow up. The possibilities are endless!” Dressing up is optional but participants are encouraged to be outfitted to the theme.

The March of Dimes is leading a national effort to save babies from premature birth by funding top-level research and programs to find the causes and how to prevent premature birth and other serious threats to infant health, as well as programs that provide information and comfort to families. Graduate NICU parents will be available for photos and interviews.

The March of Dimes continues to lead the fight against the more than half a million premature births that occur in this country every year – and other serious threats to infant health. The Executive Director of the Greater Utica Chamber, Meghan Fraser McGrogan, is the 2019 March for Babies Chairperson. She explains, “Prematurity has long been a focus point for March of Dimes, however the organization’s work has impacted all babies including those born healthy to full-term pregnancies. It’s important that we come together to support their mission and celebrate the countless lives they have touched.”

Powers reminds us, “Your child does not have to be a preemie to participate. March of Dimes is for all babies, so if your child supports the mission and is interested in taking part, please join us! The more the merrier as we watch these miracles take to the runway dressed as who they want to be when they grow up!” According to Powers there are many families right here in Little Falls that support March of Dimes and have had experiences with infant loss, prematurity and other matters the organization faces.

The event will be held at Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club located 169 Main Street in New York Mills on Sunday, March 24 with registration beginning 10:30am, brunch at 11am, and the fashion show kicking off at 12pm. Prices include $14 per adult, children ages 4-10 are 8$, and kids 3 and under are FREE! Space is limited so advance registration is encouraged by March 19. To register your child for the fashion show, reserve tickets, or for questions please call Laurie Farrell at 315-720-4078 or email lfarrell@marchofdimes.org.