Local businessman joins March of Dimes

From staff and wire reports

September 02, 2011 at 9:41 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

More than 10,000 of Louisiana babies will be born premature this year and local businessman Ray Tyree is working with the March of Dimes to change this.

Tyree, who is the River Parishes District Manager of Capital One Bank, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is.

As a father of three, he has taken on the role of Chair of March for Babies to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

He is currently on the Executive Board of the United Way of St. Charles and was formerly with the Boy Scouts of America and the secretary/treasurer of Grace House of New Orleans.

March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.

"As a business leader, this campaign gives me a unique opportunity to help the community that I love. And as a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies," said Tyree, who will be visiting local businesses to request their support in the coming months. "One in six of our babies here in Louisiana are born premature, and that’s just not acceptable.

"It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies."

Parishioners can sign up today and start a team with co-workers, family or friends for the March for Babies at www.marchforbabies.org.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at Highway 51 Park in LaPlace.

"We’re so excited to have Ray on board to help us at a local level," said Pat Tracey, Senior Community Director for the Southeast Louisiana March of Dimes Division. "His passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event this year.

"We are grateful for the time and support he’s able to lend us."

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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