On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, the County of Los Angeles hosted the March of Dimes Campaign Executive Kickoff Breakfast at the Music Center to celebrate the fundraising success of County departments in 2017 and to deliver a challenge for continued efforts in 2018.
Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn, Department of Human Resources Director Lisa Garrett and Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai honored the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) for raising $23,803 in 2017, placing it third among participating departments. Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr. received a certificate on behalf of the Department and campaign coordinator Melissa Lambert was presented with a scroll commending her efforts in organizing LACoFD’s fundraising events for the March of Dimes.
Altogether, County departments raised $306,409 in the 2017 “March for Babies” campaign. Public Social Services placed first with a contribution of $74,938 and the Internal Services Department placed second with $36,278. March of Dimes uses donations to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
2018 marks 34 years of the County of Los Angeles fundraising for the March of Dimes. The campaign theme for 2018 is “Imagine a World”. LACoFD personnel are encouraged to start the year off by giving back through individual and team participation in the March for Babies walk at Exposition Park on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
There will be many opportunities for everyone at LACoFD to participate in events throughout the year that will support the campaign including Cinco de Mayo, Blue Jeans and Jerseys for Babies, See’s Candy Valentines and the annual BBQ at headquarters.