Marching for the babies
Rachael Welch has two beautiful reasons for wanting your participation in the March of Dimes March for Babies event May 3 in Chattanooga: her two-year-old twins, Zeke and Emmie.
“My family was the March of Dimes mission family for 2008, and the cause is very close to my heart because of my twins’ prematurity,” says Welch, product manager in Information Services’ Infrastructure Operations and March for Babies Family Teams Chair.
March for Babies, formerly called “WalkAmerica,” is a nationwide event to raise money to support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.
Because of the help she and her husband, Chris, received from the March of Dimes when Zeke and Emmie were born, Welch began volunteering with the non-profit organization.
One of those activities was coordinating two Blue Jeans for Babies t-shirt days in honor of Prematurity Awareness Day. “A group of TVA employees actually wore their shirts to honor the babies that day,” she says.
The May 3 event will be at Ross’s Landing in the downtown Riverfront Pier Area. Employees, retirees and the public can sign up for March for Babies on www.marchofdimes.com/tennessee or by calling Welch at 423-751-6737.
A glimpse of TVA history
The Tennessee Architecture Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibit of photographs by Richard Barnes, which show the early design work of TVA in a contemporary context. The TVA photos were commissioned for a book, The Tennessee Valley Authority: Design and Persuasion, edited by Tim Culvahouse. It includes an afterword by former Tennessee Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr.
Chattanooga was the premiere for the exhibit. The photography collection will travel to other cities, as well, where showings will be coordinated with local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the exhibits.