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APRIL 18, 2009
Our fifth year of being involved with this great event and great organization was our favorite. We were fortunate enough to speak to some wonderful groups and to take part in some really fun events. The topper, of course, was the walk itself, highlighted by Jake's stirring rendition of the national anthem, which he learned to perform at this event.
Although the weather dampened things, Jakey brightened the mood with the song - as evidenced by the roar from a crowd of about 25,000. That's not just our biased perspective; many others have told us so.

Keep scrolling down to relive our thrills and click here to see how our fund-raising went.
You can also click around to see what else we've done for the March of Dimes in 2009, to learn about Jake's DVD debut and to catch up with big brother Zac.


The video of Jake's performance:
In the above video, you see a guy behind Jake who is wearing a suit and tie; his name is Dallas city councilman Sheffie Kadane, and he is videotaping this from an angle that shows much of what Jake saw -- thousands and thousands of people. Here is that video, courtesy of Councilman Kadane:

The video of our entire time being honored on stage:

On April 1, we joined NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to unveil the March of Dimes-themed car that Hamlin would drive in Phoenix in a race the same day as our March for Babies event.
Jason lived up to his reputation as a great guy. And Denny was nice enough to let all 3 boys take a turn behind the wheel of his car.

Of all the speeches we've given, this was easily the best ... and not just because of the standing ovation at the end.
What made it great was the location and the audience: At Medical City, to a group of about 100 employees, including the CEO and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.
This was actually an encore presentation. The first event, with about 50 other employees, went so well that we were invited back.
This was the first time Medical City and its parent company made the March of Dimes the beneficiary of their main fundraising efforts. Here's hoping it become a longterm relationship.

That's Medical City CEO Britt Berrett on the left and Mayor Leppert to his right.
We enjoyed visiting with many corporations to help spur their employees' involvement. But only the fine folks at Chase brought a mascot.