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March of Dimes hosts fashion show for charity

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 high school students are using fashion help keep babies healthy. Saturday, February 3rd a "Prom Fashion Show" will be taking place in the Brookland High School Auditorium.

Around 140 models will walk the catwalk to the latest in pageant and prom designs. All proceeds for this event will go towards the March of Dimes.

Melissa Gann, with the March of Dimes, says this fashion show is good for both babies everywhere and the students involved. "This event is important for the high school students that attend," Gann said. "This is a great way for them to get a preview and maybe pick out their prom outfit without having to drive all over town. It's also good for the community because the youth are really making a difference in the health of babies and pregnant women. And so, it's really a good opportunity for them to see that there really are problems out there and to make a difference."

Gann says all the money earned from the event will towards making babies healthy and strong.

"Those funds will be used to research the problems of premature births," Gann stated. "It will be used to try to find answers as to what we can do to prevent it, as well as birth defects and other health challenges that might cause the death of a baby."

Gann says this event is being organized and put on by a group of teenagers in an organization called the Chain Reaction Youth Council. "There's a little over twenty members from area schools all over who work hard to put this show together," Gann said. "These kids are really instrumental. They interview the models that are chosen, put together the choreography and hit the pavement selling all the tickets to the event."

Gann says in addition to the life lessons they learn from being part of putting together such a big event, they also get a firsthand look at what's happening with the health of our countries children.

"It prepares high school students for later in life after they get out of college and get ready to start a family," Gann said. "They know about the resources that the March of Dimes has to offer. They know about taking a multivitamin everyday to prevent birth defects in their babies. They know a lot of things that contribute to having a healthy baby and what all they can do to reduce the risks of having a premature baby."

"The March of Dimes really stands for all babies," Gann said. "Those that are born healthy and those that may need our help to survive and thrive. We're not here for just the preemies. We're here for all babies."

But Gann says they can't provide the services they do without the help of the public. "Our mission is to improve the health of babies," Gann stated. "We work on preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality which covers anything that might cause the death of a baby. We do so many activities here in our community and we always need the help of people who are willing to give their time, talent and even their support. We just really need a little bit of help from a lot of people."

The models will start walking at 7:00 pm. To contact the March of Dimes office in Jonesboro, you can call 932-0300. For more information about the March of Dime or to contact them online, log onto this website.

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