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Zeta Phi Beta bowls for healthier babies at Feb. 2 fundraiser
Sorority fundraiser for March of Dimes
 
Published Friday, February 1, 2019
by Jeremy Gibson | For The Charlotte Post

Zetas of Charlotte Benevolent Foundation will host a bowling fundraiser Feb. 2 to raise awareness of prenatal health. Proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

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Roll strikes, deliver healthy babies.


The Zetas of Charlotte Benevolent Foundation will hold a fundraiser Feb. 2 at Centennial Lanes, 4501 South Blvd. Bowling starts at 12 p.m. The event’s focus is to raise awareness of prenatal health in an international initiative to help March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers, which analyzes the causes of premature births and provides resources for families affected by such experiences.

“In Charlotte, what we chose to do to highlight March of Dimes was to do an event bringing family together, focusing on fitness and healthy living, and having  fun,”  said Deneanne Adams-Knight, co-chair of the foundation.

“It’s an event that people around the area can flock to because of the competition and sit together and just have a good time,” said sorority member Mechell Harris.

Registration is $25 an individual or $125 for a team. Proceeds will go to March for Dimes.

Participants will compete for trophies and titles such as top male performer, top female performer, top Greek team and top non-Greek team.

Along with bowling, the event will include information on premature births, which numbered nearly 1,600 in 2015, Adams-Knight said. African Americans are impacted at higher rates than whites.

“The preterm birth rate especially among women of color is 51 percent higher than the rate of all other women” Harris said.
Said Adams-Knight: “We have high consistency of premature births than our white counterparts so we definitely want to make sure in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina that women are educated on such a thing and prepared for it.”

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