After a week filled with record breaking warm temperatures in Spokane, Saturday, April 23rd arrived with some normal Spokane spring weather, rain included. When you’re putting on an outdoor event, in Spokane, in the spring, one likely factors in that rain may show up to ‘play’ with your group of participants and you hope that it won’t affect the attendance. For one such organization, the weather had no chance at foiling their or their participants Saturday morning plans!
On Saturday, the March of Dimes – March for Babies event took place in Spokane, Washington. A three mile walk that began and ended at the meadow area just in front of the Gonzaga University Jundt Art Museum, and found participants winding through Riverfront Park, along the river and back to their starting point. The beautiful green meadow just outside of the museum was the temporary home to a plethora of vendors and sponsors, an entertainment stage, an inflatable bouncy house and 800 participants!
Complimentary food and juices could be found from KMart, Providence Health and Services, Costco as well as fun giveaways and freebies from Premera, Global Credit Union, Bank of America and the fantastic balloon animal entertainer. Bites and nibbles were taken prior to the walk (‘race’ for some of the children), but the post-walk found many ready for a doughnut, danish or banana at one of the many tents awaiting the returning participants.
A spirited disc jockey from 93.7 The Mountain brought great energy to the crowd of 800 with music, information and facts about March for Babies as well as highlighted many of the participants and their families. Special guest, Raul Vijil, former Spokane Shock wide receiver warmed up the crowd with exercises, and mascots Otto from the Spokane Indians and Boomer the Bear, Spokane Chiefs mascot socialized with high-fives and countless photos with event-goers.
At the end of the day, between corporate and family teams as well as single person fundraisers, the event raised $155,000 of their $185K goal. 800 people, along with the event organizers all came together to celebrate babies. Babies born prematurely, who need that fighting chance, will continue to receive help due to the efforts of March for Babies in Spokane and across the country. The money will help support local families, fund research and help pregnant moms-to-be have full-term pregnancies.
For 75 years and counting, this group celebrates our babies. Information on how to donate can be found here: https://www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?si=&PersonId=&EventID=17219