Charleston Chefs Help the March of Dimes raise $306,000 to Give Every Baby a Fighting Chance!

(Charleston, SC, Nov. 16, 2017)— On Nov. 8, 2c017 more than 300 guests enjoyed the signature dishes of Charleston’s leading chefs during the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, held at the Charleston Marriott Crystal Ballroom. The evening included a cocktail reception and gourmet samplings from area restaurants while guests bid on silent auction items. A live auction of exciting culinary and travel packages followed. Matthew Niessner, Executive Chef of Hall Management Group served as Lead Chef, and Bill Hall of Hall Management Group was the Chairperson for the event.

Guests were moved by the impact the March of Dimes has had on the Feals family, from Charleston. The Feals’ daughter, Kennedy, was born at 27 weeks and 6 days. Kennedy, spent 12 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before she was healthy enough to be taken home. Today, Kennedy is a healthy, active toddler.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, including more than 6,000 babies in South Carolina. The March of Dimes recently issued the annual report card on Premature Birth, giving the nation and each state a letter grade based upon prematurity rates. South Carolina’s preterm birth rate increased to 11.2% on this year’s report card, earning our state a “D” grade. The March of Dimes goal is reduce the preterm birth rate for all states to 8.1% by 2020.

“Thanks to the generous support of the participating restaurants, event sponsors and guests, the March of Dimes raised $ 306,231—surpassing their goal of $255,000—to support lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at giving every baby a healthy start in life. We are deeply grateful to everyone who donated to this year’s Signature Chefs Auction so the March of Dimes can continue working for stronger, healthier babies,” said Event Chair Bill Hall, Hall Management Group.

Participating restaurants included: The Atlantic Room, Cannon Green, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cru Café and Catering, Edmund’s Oast, Halls Chophouse; Henrietta’s Restaurant, Oak Steakhouse; The Macintosh, Poogan’s Porch, Pies Cakes & S’More, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Saffire at the Charleston Marriott, and US Foods.

Sponsors included: The Office People, Atlas Technologies, Inc., Select Health of South Carolina, Billy Swails State Farm Insurance, Children’s Cancer Cooperative, East Cooper Medical Center, Endeavor Insurance, Hall Management Group, Ingevity, Lowcountry Women’s Specialists, Mason and Mary Holland, MUSC Women’s Health, Renken Reality, Sea Fox Boats, ATI, Bill Payne, First Home Mortgage, Cipolla Cox Attorneys, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., Integrated Genetics/Labcorp, Lexus of Charleston, Oliver Mathewes, Carolina One Real Estate, Penny Lewis CPA, PNC Bank, Sunbelt Rentals, TD Bank, Charleston Maternal Fetal Medicine, Charleston Living Magazine, iHeart Media, iventivEnvironments, Zyndicate- A Creative Agency, Innovative Event Series, and Charleston Marriott.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For more information, visit find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .