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Rev. Dungee Recognized For March of Dimes Fundraising Effort
9/16/2015 4:32:17 PM

Rev. Alma Dungee (right), president of the North Central Neighborhood Association, solicits March of Dimes donations from Charleston resident Sara Ulmer
By Barney Blakeney

Rev. Alma Dungee, president of the North Central Neighborhood Association and team captain of the North Central Neighborhood March of Dimes effort, for the second year in a row raised over $3,000 for the Charleston March for Babies annual event.

In a September 2 letter South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes Foundation State Development Director Meredith Goodwin Repik said Rev. Dungee’s efforts will have an impact in our community and provide support for the top priorities which are research, education, community and advocacy programs.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant morality. It was initially founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1938 as a response to U.S. epidemics of polio that formed an alliance between scientists and volunteers who raise money for research. With the discovery of the polio vaccine, the organization’s mission changed and was expanded.

“Every family Looks forward to the birth of a child with great anticipation and hope,” Repik said in her letter to Rev. Dungee. Each year over 500,000 babies are born too early or with a birth defect.

For those families their child’s birth can be a devastating surprise. The March of Dimes leads the way to prevent that from happening.

Over the past 69 years, the March of Dimes’ lifesaving research and innovative prevention programs have saved millions of babies. “Our mission remains clear,” Repik said. The South Carolina chapter’s priorities include providing grants focused on decreasing premature births, providing education to healthcare professionals and providing support to families affected by premature births.

Since 2012 Rev. Dungee has raised over $12,000. She’s been a long term volunteer who over the years has helped the chapter to grow through her enthusiasm and ‘ask anybody’ attitude, Repik said.

“She’s a pioneer who sets a goal every year and achieves it. If we could get everybody to do that the March of Dimes would be well on its way to success. Rev. Dungee has done an incredible job for the organization many many years,” Repik said. “We thank her for being part of our success and a part of our future as we continue working for babies and families in South Carolina.”

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