Dallas Haun, Chairman and CEO of Nevada State Bank, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes for his contributions to the organization. The March of Dimes is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, and reducing premature births and infant mortality.
Phil Kalsman, State Director of the Nevada Chapter of the March of Dimes, presented the award acknowledging Haun’s achievement of raising more than $50,000 as an individual. He explained that the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only 200 recognized by the national organization, is the only award ever given to anyone in the state of Nevada. “The relationship with our corporate partners, like Nevada State Bank, is essential to the March of Dimes mission,” said Kalsman. “The impact of one individual, like Dallas Haun, who picks up the phone and asks others to support our mission, is priceless.”
Haun served as chairman for Nevada’s 2010 March for Babies, the organization’s signature fundraising event, and his personal efforts made him fourth in the nation in March of Dimes fundraising in 2010. He repeated as chairman for the 2011 March. “Nevada State Bank has been a supporter of March of Dimes since 1998. This is something my colleagues and I feel very strongly about, and we want to help make a difference,” said Haun. “It’s all about our future generation—one filled with healthy babies.”
Since 1998, Nevada State Bank has raised more than $650,000 through corporate sponsorship and employee participation in the annual March for Babies. In addition to selling stuffed animals and candy at bank branches, employees got creative with fundraising efforts through activities such as pizza parties, food sales, and carwashes. The Bank’s employee team has consistently ranked among the top fundraising organizations for the March of Dimes in the state of Nevada.
Since 2003, the March of Dimes’ fight to save babies has concentrated on its Prematurity Campaign, an intensive, multi-year effort to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity. Every year, more than half a million babies in the U.S. and more than 4,500 in Nevada are born too soon. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, and many die before their first birthday. The cost of medical care for a premature baby is more than 12 times the cost for a baby born full-term. In Nevada, $26 million is spent annually on health-related expenses caused by prematurity.
“As Nevada’s oldest and largest state-chartered bank, Nevada State Bank is focused on a brighter and healthier future for the communities we serve,” said Haun. “We recognize that healthy babies mean healthier and happier families, so we’re doing whatever we can to support the March of Dimes in their efforts to ensure that Nevada babies are born healthy.”
For more information about the March of Dimes, visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/nevada/
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