Research is done. Vaccines are discovered. Babies can simply be babies. Welcome to the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Dallas. Where signatures make more than just a mark on paper. They make a mark in someone's life.
Join Lead Chef Kent Rathbun and more than 20 top local chefs as they prepare their signature dishes – all to honor stronger, healthier babies.
Kent Rathbun, Lead Chef
Kent Rathbun Concepts Abacus, Jasper's, KB's WoodFire Grill, Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen
Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House Fish Market Grill
Charlie Palmer at the Joule Hotel
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Komali Restaurant Salum Restaurant
Neiman Marcus Restaurants
Nick & Sam's Steakhouse
Off the Bone Barbecue
Pyramid Restaurant & Bar
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
The Second Floor Bistro & Bar
Anthony Van Camp
SĒR STEAK + SPIRITS
Stephan Pyles Concepts Samar
Village Marquee Grill and Bar
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the largest and most respected maternal-child health organization in the world. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families.
More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes carries out its mission through research, advocacy, community services and education to save babies’ lives.
From polio to prematurity
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.
Preventing birth defects
Its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. We have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Our recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.
Fighting premature birth
Since 2003, our fight to save babies has been strongly characterized by our Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.
2012 AMBASSADOR FAMILY
Working Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
Throughout its organizational history, March of Dimes has tackled the problems of the nation's moms, babies and families. Campaigns have supported polio, birth defects, folic acid, newborn screening and premature birth. Today, the March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. They are the millions of reasons behind our urgent mission and why the March of Dimes: fights for health insurance for all pregnant women and children; pushes for expanded newborn screening that could save lives and prevent disability; reaches out to women with healthy–pregnancy information and services; provides comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care; supports all–important research offering hope for preventions and solutions for babies born with birth defects.
Grace Rennhack was born with a congenital heart defect that was detected during the routine newborn screening process. She went on to spend 4 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before she was discharged. At approximately 6 weeks old, a team of cardiologists repaired Grace’s pulmonary valve using the balloon valvuloplasty method. During Grace’s first year of life, she was required to see her cardiologist every 3 months, but as she got older the visits became less frequent – Grace, who is 12 now, is only required to be tested every 3 years. It is possible that the man-made valve that Grace has will need to be replaced when she is in her late 40s.
In most cases, we do not know what makes a baby’s heart develop abnormally, but research promises to bring us the answers. A number of scientists funded by March of Dimes are studying genes that may underlie specific heart defects or seeking to identify new genes that may cause heart defects. The goal of this research is to better understand the causes of congenital heart defects, in order to develop ways to prevent them.
Locally, March of Dimes is a leader in birth defects research, which offers hope for treatments and preventions while saving babies, like Grace, from death or disability. In 2011, UT Southwestern Medical Center received $2 million in active research grants from March of Dimes. An endowment from the Texas Chapter and matching funds from UTSWMC led to the formation of the North Texas March of Dimes Birth Defects Center in 2003 -- the first collaborative and interactive birth defects research facility in the nation.
More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year and March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
Support March of Dimes work to give every baby a healthy start in life by making a 100 percent tax deductible gift in honor of stronger, healthier babies.
Each participating chef has donated a unique auction package to either the Big Board or live auctions with the proceeds to benefit March of Dimes. Details on each auction package/item will be posted in this section before the event. In the meantime, enjoy a preview of the 2012 live auction packages.