A pie in the face for a good cause

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

September 13, 2013

UNION — The USC Union March of Dimes March for Babies team held a fundraiser Thursday afternoon in which students were allowed to buy whipped cream pies to throw in the face of the university faculty or staff member of their choosing. Students had the choice of throwing the “pies” at either Dr. Steve Lowe, Tony Gregory, or John Crocker.

USC Union March of Dimes Chair Nikki Burgess said the team had raised more than $350 so far, after the fundraiser held Thursday. The team’s fund raising goal is $1,000.

Erin Reid, March of Dimes Community Director, said March of Dimes is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“Seventy-five years of making a difference and saving lives!” Reid said, thanking those in attendance as they set out on their 2013 fund raising campaigns. “From polio to prematurity, we have been impacting the lives of children.”

Reid said she was proud to announce that there has been a decrease in premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality, but there is still plenty of work to do. She said another child is born too soon or too sick in the U.S. every minute, and one every hour in South Carolina.

“The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies,” Reid said. “They are the millions of reasons behind our urgent mission and why everyday March of Dimes is fighting for the babies in our lives. We walk together to remember, to honor, or to celebrate the babies who touch our lives, and we raise money so that one day every parent experiences the joy of a healthy baby.”

The annual March for Babies will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Foster Park.