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Fashion show benefits March of Dimes

Event April 13 at Women's Center

POSTED: April 8, 2013 12:27 a.m.
 

Fashion and fun will come together later this month to help babies in Forsyth County be born healthy.

Employees of the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Women’s Center are holding a fashion show benefitting March of Dimes from 1-4 p.m. April 13.

Dana Gopal, special care nursery clinician, said the show will feature several mothers and their children who were born at the center since it opened nearly five years ago.

“Our fashion show theme is Mother’s Day,” she said. “And what’s unique about it is I’m going to have mothers of some of our previous patients, our preemies, so that’s going to be a big draw that these are some of our graduates.

“I have about 30 models and it’s going to be mothers and their children. I’m not sure I have any father-takers yet. They’re not so into the modeling.”

The event is being sponsored by Dillard’s and Estee Lauder at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. The retailers will be providing outfits for the models, who will also include March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies ambassador families.

Those families have been touched in some way by premature birth and are chosen each year to be the local face of March of Dimes.

Gopal said the main purpose of the fashion show is to raise money and awareness for March of Dimes and its mission of ensuring all babies are born full term and healthy.

“This is all about promoting the March for Babies,” she said.

That event is the organization’s largest national fundraiser, with individual communities holding walk events throughout the year.

The Forsyth County March for Babies is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 27 at Otwell Middle School. Anyone interested in participating, can learn more at www.marchforbabies.org.

Gopal said she and her fellow special care nursery staff members are especially excited for the March for Babies since they will have a chance to see many of their former patients.

“We’ve had over 1,000 babies in our special care nursery and we’ve sent out invitations to all of those families and we’ll be having a reunion,” she said.

She’s hoping many of those families also come out for the fashion show fundraiser, which will take place in the Women’s Center atrium area.

Besides the fashion show, the event will include other family-friendly activities, Gopal said.

“We have a few things going on,” she said. “We have our art market with lots of local artists that are going to be selling their wares at the market … We probably have 20 or so artists that will be there.”

Other festivities include a bake sale and concessions, face painting and specialized ambulances and other emergency vehicles on display.

“Part of the things will be outside, so hopefully the weather cooperates with us,” Gopal said.

A good turnout would also be welcome, since premature birth is an issue that impacts the entire community.

“Forget about the revenue of what it costs that community and the nation as far as the medical care,” she said. “There’s also the devastation that it causes a family to have to be separated from their baby.

“The majority of our babies that we see in our unit are premature. And if we can make a dent in that, it will make a difference to our families out here.”

 

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