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Calendar contest supports ailing infants

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Locust Grove photographer, Jacquie Rives, is hoping her talents will yield support for the March of Dimes Foundation.

Rives, owner of Jacquie Rives Photography, is joining forces with Henry Medical Center and 'H' Magazine to organize a 2011 Calendar Contest. It is designed to benefit the Henry County 2011 March of Dimes campaign.

The three-prone partnership is raising money for the not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to improve the health of babies, by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

"I think it's important to do work like this," Rives said. "I believe in supporting my community. I think it's very important for businesses to give back to communities that they work in."

Rives is volunteering her time and expertise, to provide mini-photo sessions for children, from newborn to 18 years old, who will be included in the calendar contest. She said the 30-minute sessions cost $25 each, as an entry fee into the contest. Parents can choose their favorite pose, or photo, to submit to the contest.

Contest participants can, then, invite their friends and family members to unlimited voting online at a charge of $1 per vote.

Rives said voters can help their favorite photographed subjects win a spot on the 2011 Henry County March of Dimes Calendar. The calendar will feature 12 photographs, with the entry obtaining the largest number of votes claiming the month of January.

Participants do not have to reside in Henry County, and can book appointments through Nov. 17. Voting will be held Nov. 19-26, at the Jacquie Rives Photography web site, at www.jacquierives.com, where participants can pay to vote by credit card.

Rives said a special gallery will be posted on the web site, where winners also will be announced on Nov. 29. Then, she said, calendar pre-orders should be available through the web site. To book a photo session, contact Rives by e-mail at jrp@jacquierives.com, or by phone, at (678) 237-2217.

"It's a great way to get professional pictures of your child done and support a wonderful cause," said Rives, adding that 100 percent of the entry fee, voting contributions, and calendar sales go to the March of Dimes campaign.

"We're hoping that people will get behind it for the March of Dimes," said Michelle Nunnally, public relations coordinator at Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge.

Melissa Cox, the March of Dimes Community Director for Coweta, Fayette, Henry, and Spalding counties, spearheaded the idea earlier this year after a friend in Coweta County used the calendar contest as a way of raising money for March of Dimes.

"They did it in 2009, just as a fund-raiser, and it was a big hit," Cox said. "It's just a good way linking together, getting your child photographed professionally and also helping out a good cause."

Cox said the March of Dimes for Henry County plans to host March for Babies, its largest fund-raiser of the year, on May 6, 2011, at Heritage Park in McDonough.

Next month, there will be a Bowling for Babies fund-raising event to benefit the March of Dimes for Henry County, she said. The event will take place, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., on Nov. 12, at Pin Strikes in Stockbridge.

Twenty-two lanes are still available, she continued. Tickets are $20 per person, but an entire lane costs $100, and includes pizza, soda, shoe rental, and three hours of bowling. Those interested in getting tickets can contact Cox by e-mail, at mcox@marchofdimes.com, or by phone, at (770) 301-3408. To contact Pin Strikes, call (770) 302-0786.