Hospital CEO named honoree for Signature Chefs auction 

Sep 16

Ian E. McFadden, president and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, will be honored at the ninth annual Signature Chefs Auction on Nov. 1 at the Avalon Manor in Hobart, the March of Dimes announced.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to honor Mr. McFadden," said Matt Valuckis, March of Dimes division board member. "He has been a critical leader in the community and has been a great March of Dimes partner helping in bringing about real change in the lives of infants and children in the region. Mr. McFadden is a great example of community leadership and dedication to children and family."

"This event is a triumph for mothers and babies across Indiana," said Victor Garcia, division director for the March of Dimes. "One in eight babies is born prematurely in Indiana each year. That's more than 11,000 each year. Most of these babies have to struggle to survive the first hours, days and weeks of life.

"It is a struggle many lose. Others have to live with the consequences of premature birth like cerebral palsy, blindness and respiratory problems and developmental delays. The March of Dimes is focusing on this infant health crisis. The funds raised from this event will be used to fund March of Dimes research and community programs aimed at fighting premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality."

Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available now. Each table seats 10 people. For more information about the event and to reserve a space, contact Garcia at the Northwest Indiana division office of the March of Dimes at (219) 736-0023 or

The ninth annual Signature Chefs auction is sponsored by The Times Media Co., The Post-Tribune, Strack & Van Til, Methodist Hospitals, Renaissance Medical Group, Porter hospital, V as in Victor Marketing and Design, Bednar Auction Services, Geoffrey Hudson Photography, the Avalon Manor, Lithographic Communications and the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Northwest Indiana.

For more information about birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality and what you can do to prevent them, visit the March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center at The free community service offers advice to women and families about risks to the health of an expected baby and how to care for a newborn.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. It funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to tackle the increasing rate of premature birth.

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