Murray Kicks Off Hempstead Town’s 2013 March for Babies Program, Town Team Dedicates Effort to Local “Mission Family”

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Supervisor Kate Murray with the 2013 Hempstead Town March for Babies Team at the kick-off event held at Town Hall. Murray is pictured holding Holly Maria, the daughter of Andrew and Allison Vardakis, of Franklin Square, the town team’s Mission Family for the 2013 March for Babies. Also pictured: Amanda Fennell, Community Director of the March of Dimes and members of Hempstead Town’s 2013 March for Babies Team.

Leading a dedicated team of volunteers, Supervisor Kate Murray kicked off the Hempstead Town 2013 March for Babies program. It is Murray’s 11th year as the honorary chairwoman for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies Walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at Eisenhower Park. In partnership with CSEA Local 880 (Hempstead Town’s Employee Labor Union), this is the town’s 15th year as a participant in the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes supports research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives.

Joining the town’s March for Babies team at the kick-off event was the Vardakis family, formerly of Franklin Square and now living in Maryland. Andrew, a member of the United States Coast Guard, and Allison Vardakis shared their personal story about the difficult yet inspirational journey to the premature birth of their daughter, Holly.

 “I thank our dedicated employees, and their family members and friends for helping us protect the health of our babies by supporting the March of Dimes,” Murray said. “We are especially inspired this year because of our mission family, Andrew and Allison Vardakis, who introduced us to their beautiful daughter, Holly, who is a living example of how the efforts of our volunteers really do support the health of babies.” 

During the town’s March for Babies kick-off event, March of Dimes Community Director Amanda Fennell presented Murray with a plaque signifying the Hempstead Town’s team status as a “Gold Team,” for raising nearly $14,000 in 2012.

“At CSEA Local 880, we are always excited to work with the dedicated team of volunteers from the Town of Hempstead to help promote the health of babies by supporting the March of Dimes,” said CSEA Local 880 President Charlie Sellitto. “We expect to have another successful year as we gear up for the March for Babies walk.”

“I am proud of our continuing relationship with CSEA Local 880 and the March of Dimes in the fight against prematurity,” Murray said. “I look forward to leading our team at the 2013 March for Babies Walk on April 28th.”

To learn more about Hempstead Town’s 2013 March for Babies effort and the March of Dimes, visit the town team’s webpage at

Read the inspirational story of Holly Maria, written by Allison Vardakis.