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March of Dimes Holds Signature Chefs Event

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Panama City Beach, Fla. -

A special event raises money to save babies who are born too soon. The March of Dimes held its Florida Gulf Coast Division Signature Chefs Auction at the Boardwalk Beach Resort. 

They are raising money for the nearly half million babies born prematurely, 32,000 of them right here in Florida. 40% of women who deliver early had normal pregnancies and have no idea why their babies came too soon.

Our own News Director Heather Kretzer and her husband Jayson were the ambassador family as their infant son Jayce, was born two months premature.

He is a happy healthy 8 month old now, but he weighed only 4 pounds 11 ounces at birth. Event Chair Trey Hutt says the March of Dimes means a lot to the community. "When you have babies born in a community that are premature and have birth defects, people don't understand what a stress that puts on the community and how expensive it can be." Hutt says.

15 chefs were on hand from restaurants in Bay and Walton counties for the pirate themed event.