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Steppin’ Out for Our Babies

PRINCETON — The seventh annual Steppin’ Out for Our Babies event is just a toe tap away.

The March of Dimes fundraiser will be held Thursday, April 10 at Wise Guys Bar and Grill in Princeton and will feature an evening of fabulous food, fun and auction.

Coordinators and volunteers are revving up to host another great affair with hopes of raising plenty of funds to help save the babies.

March of Dimes Division Director Peggy Cain confirmed March of Dimes is the only agency that can say it has touched every person in the United States.

“Whether they had a polio vaccine or had/known/been a premature, or had/was a baby that had the newborn screening after they were born or took folic acid, etc.,” she said. “Supporting this event is important because our mission is to make sure all babies have a healthy start.”

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with tastings from several restaurants and caterers, who will be serving sample size portions of their signature dishes.

Cain said guests will be introduced to 11 new restaurants this year, including Wise Guys, Chestnut Street Inn, Kaddywampus Sports Grill, Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats, The Farmer’s Wife — Cakes For All by Alexa Doll, The Feed Store & Watering Hole, J’adore Panini’s & Crepes, Simply Fresh, Four and Twenty Cafe, Myrtle’s Cafe and Pie and Flour House Bakery.

A couple of the hot items up for grabs at the auction table is two weekends in a cottage in Holland, Mich.

“One is a fall colors weekend, and the other is a winter getaway weekend,” Cain said.

Also, an overnight stay in the Rosewood Suite with dinner and a bottle of wine from Chestnut Street Inn, a fire pit from Boekeloo Concrete and drink chips with limo service for up to 10 people.

“We also have a beautiful necklace donated by Bruce Jewelers that we will be raffling off as a Sparking Wine Raffle,” Cain said.

The March of Dimes spends 76 cents of every dollar raised in March of Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

“We would like to raise $24,000 this year, but we have raised over $100,000 in the past six years,” Cain said.

The money raised at the Steppin’ Out for Our Babies event will go toward the money raised for the March for Babies event, which will be held Sunday, April 27.

Tickets are $30 for individuals, $175 for a table of six or $200 for a corporate table.

To purchase tickets call the March of Dimes branch office at 815-220-5806 or email Cain at Tickets will also be available to purchase at Midland States Bank and Centrue Bank, Princeton branches. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event.

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