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Participants in the High Country march gather on the campus of Appalachian State University. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-02-04 18:56:51
Last modified: 2014-02-04 18:57:37

MOD event raises $23,500

The numbers are in and they prove that the High Country takes its kids seriously.

That's the thought behind the success of the 2013 High Country March for Babies that took place in the fall on the campus of Appalachian State University.

According to MOD spokeswoman Elizabeth Franklin, who serves as the organization's division director for the Foothills and Pisgah divisions, which includes the High Country, the event raised $23,500.

This was the first year of a campus-focused event, Franklin said, with several student organizations participating.

"We also had great support from the Watauga County schools and Avery County schools," she said. "We feel like we are off to a good start and look forward to growing the event and gaining additional community involvement in the future."

The March of Dimes is currently celebrating 75 years of working for stronger, healthier babies through helping moms have full-term pregnancies and researching the problems that threaten the health of babies.

The March for Babies is the organization's signature fundraising event that takes place in about 900 communities across the country and involves more than 7 million people.

Since the walks began in 1970, $2 billion has been raised to benefit babies.

Results from the 2013 High Country March for Babies follow:

Top groups

- Top team: Kmart
- Top family team: GO Team Lucas
- Top walker: Erin Flynn
- Top school: Blowing Rock Elementary
- Top campus 0rganization: Kappa Delta sorority

Teams raising $500 and more

- Kmart
- GO Team Lucas
- Blowing Rock Elementary
- Banner Elk Elementary
- Kappa Delta
- Chi Omega
- Newland Elementary
- D.J. Brownie's Yards for Babies
- App State Athletics

Top walkers

- Erin Flynn
- Kelley Wilson
- Sue Newell

Local sponsors included Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Modern Toyota of Boone, Modern Subaru of Boone, Earth Fare, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Frye Regional Medical Center Urgent Care, LifeStore Banking & Insurance and Pi Kappa Phi.

"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible," Franklin said. "We have not set a 2014 date yet, but we hope everyone will be watching for it. We will share more information as it becomes available."

For more information about March of Dimes,   call (704) 325-4040 or (828) 464-8905 or visit