More than 1,000 walkers showed up at Edmonds’ City Park on a sunny Saturday morning for the Snohomish County March of Dimes annual March for Babies. The event raised $248,000 to further the fight against birth defects, premature births, and infant death. Larry Vogel was there to capture the event in photos:
Many marchers have a personal connection to the work of the March of Dimes. “Team Audrianna” is comprised of the family of Audrianna Mestas who was born at 28 weeks weighing a mere 2 lbs., 5 oz. Today, seven months later, little Audri is still at Children’s Hospital but is doing well and will soon be able to come home to her family. “The March of Dimes made this possible for us,” said mom Brittney Mestas. “We’re here to say thanks on behalf of Audri.” L to R, mom Brittney Mestas, sisters Jayda and Alexis, and dad Jeremy.
The Warriors Marching Band from Edmonds-Woodway High School got the crowd in the mood with music and precision marching. Band director Jake Bergevin, in his 15th year of directing the Warrior Marching Band, stepped back to allow Drum Major Cole Conefrey to lead the band. Conefrey, a senior at EWHS, will be starting his freshman year at the University of Oregon next fall. Look for him in the Ducks Marching Band next year!
The Warrior Marching Band drum section struts its stuff. The band gave a tremendous dose of energy to the crowd, and got them straining at the bit for the starting whistle.
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and David Jaffe, Chief Executive, Swedish/Edmonds and 2014 Snohomish County March for Babies Chair, pause for a moment before addressing the crowd. Previously held in Everett, this year’s event came to Edmonds thanks to Jaffe’s help.
It was all smiles as the marchers arrived back at City Park.