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See What A Dime Can Do

April 14, 2010

Isn't this Gourmet Gala beautiful?

Tonight was a big event!  We were going to the 28 Annual Gourmet Gala at the National Building Musuem in Washington, DC.  When we walked in it was so beautiful!  There were purple curtains draped from high high above across the back part of the stage.  The tables were all around a big fountain in the middle of the room.  And everyone greeted us so warmly!  We saw the March of Dimes people we knew from the OGA (Office of Government Affairs) like Emil Wigode and Carolyn Mullen.  We also saw Nate Brown, Communications Director for the Maryland Chapter, Keith Nash, Shannon Gilbert (the head of the event), and we met Senators and Congresspeople from all over the country!  From Oregon and Colorado to Tennessee and Georgia.  I was so excited to see Dr. Howse and Jane Massey again!  I just love them both!

I always have the best time talking to Dr. Howse!

Big hugs for Jane Massey.

The Gala was chaired by Jill Cooper-Udall and Linda Bachus and there were a whole bunch of Senators and Congresspeople who were the Celebrity Chefs and had some really yummy dishes.  What a great idea!  We had so much fun meeting them and tasting their delicious recipes.  We met Congressman Jeff Miller and his wife Vicki from our home state of Florida – they’re in Pensacola.  They were serving shrimp dukkah and an orange shrimp sauce.  Interesting!  There were even judges because there was a contest for Best Dishes.  Chef Rock Harper was one of the judges and we had a great time talking to him.  He traveled to 12 different cities last year to go to their Signature Chefs events.  He’s going to be attending more Chefs events again in the fall this year, too! 

I was trying to get Chef Rock's secret recipes!

There were about 600 people there and I got to thank each and every one of them for their money and support of the March of Dimes for all these years when I gave my speech.  Right after, lots of people gave so much money to the Fund the Mission!  I gave out these big dimes to people who donated and thanked them all very much.

So from the Salk vaccine for Polio in 1955, to the regional system of newborn intensive care units that were created in 1976 to help save sick babies like me, to the FDA-approved surfactant in 1990 that helped me and so many other babies take our first breaths, to the prematurity campaign in 2003, to now when all newborn babies are screened for over 20 treatable conditions, we can definitely “See What A Dime Can Do!”

The Gourmet Gala this year raised over $850,000.  They passed their goal and we were so honored to be part of the amazing experience.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick Gallo permalink
    April 15, 2010 3:52 am

    Hey Josh…in a word, WOW…..let me say that again, WOW….ok, one more time, WOW!!!
    850,000…that’s a whole lotta dimes!! I bet your speech was great, congratulations on helping to make the evening successful.
    Remind me to ask your Mom about those giant dimes you were giving out….sounds like a plan for our Fort Myers auction.
    Congratulations once again ….safe trip home!!
    Mr Rick

  2. April 15, 2010 9:17 am


    I just want you to know how much I enjoyed meeting you and having my picture made with you. You give hope to so many people.

    Thank you for your hug and for listening to my story about baby Jayson.

    Kathie Truitt

  3. Alison's dad permalink
    April 17, 2010 2:14 pm

    Josh, here’s a knock-knock joke for you:

    Knock, knock.
    Who’s there?
    Justin who?
    Justin time for lunch.

    It was nice to meet you and your family. All the best to you!
    Jim Becker

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