March Of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, will host their 5th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon on November 13, 2010 at the Four Season Hotel in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Samantha Harris, Celebration of Babies will recognize prominent individuals including Hollywood moms & dads who are celebrating the birth of their children and who are role models for March of Dimes’ commitment to improving the health of babies. The 2010 March of Dimes’ Celebrity Volunteers or “Stork Club” includes Sarah Chalke & Jamie Afifi, Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur, Joey & Chandie Lawrence, Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith, Jenna Elfman & Bodhi Elfman, Rock Harper & Tamara Harper, Lisa Leslie & Michael Locke and Maria Quiban & Sean Whitesell. The “Stork Club” members are individuals who have had or are expecting babies in 2010.

Prior Stork Club members include, Nicole Richie & Joel Madden, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Nancy O'Dell, Julie Bowen & Scott Phillips, Nicole Sullivan & Jason Packham, Melissa Joan Hart, Hank Azaria and many more.

The Celebration of Babies luncheon will also honor three individuals who exemplify the March of Dimes commitment to improving the health of babies by helping moms have a healthy full term pregnancy. Amy Stenson, MD, OB/GYN will receive the Global Impact Award, given to an individual that has had a positive global impact in preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality as it is outlined in the mission of the March of Dimes. Dr. Charles Simmons, Jr., Chairman Department of Pediatrics Cedars- Sinai Medical Center will be awarded the Golden Rattle Award which is given to an individual who advocates for babies and who shares the goal that every baby be given a healthy start and Dr. Jenn Berman, Psychotherapist, Sport Psychologist, Consultant Author, Speaker and Media Figure will receive the Community Award, presented to an individual or organization that shares the March of Dimes commitment to improve the health of babies and does so by reaching out to the moms and babies in the community.

The Celebration of Babies luncheon will coincide with the March of Dimes kick off to Prematurity Awareness Month, a time when the organization galvanizes the Nation around the serious problem of preterm birth.

Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, and vision and hearing loss. March of Dimes provides more information about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fight.

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