Friday, September 16, 2011
The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is pleased to announce that the community will honor SC State Board of Trustees member, Tony Grant, along with his wife, Helen Grant, with the 2011 African American Achievement Award. Other recipients are Dr. Clarence and Mrs. Dollison. The couples will receive the award at the organization’s ninth annual breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. A panel, consisting of past recipients of the award, chose to honor the Grants and the Dollisons for their outstanding community service and contributions to the African American community of South Carolina.
Tony and Helen Grant are CEO and vice-chairman, respectively, of Grant Business Strategies, Inc. The Grants also possess a considerable track record of supporting several area organizations and taking an active role in boards of director positions throughout the Midlands. They have two sons, Hamilton and Alexander, and twin daughters, Kristina and Katherine.
“I’m proud to be part of this event which will help the March of Dimes continue working towards the day when every baby has a healthy start in life,” Tony Grant says. “The generous contributions of the community, event sponsors and attendees will truly impact the lives of babies and families in our community and across the state.”
“We are so fortunate that our children were all born healthy and on time,” says Helen Grant. “We encourage everyone to join us in supporting March of Dimes efforts, such as the African American Achievement Award, so that March of Dimes can continue its mission in giving families a joyous start, like our family enjoyed.”
Infant mortality rates are twice as high for African American babies as for Caucasian babies. In addition to this, African American babies are nearly twice as likely to be born prematurely as Caucasian babies, and African American mothers have the highest rates of inadequate prenatal care compared to other maternal race categories. The African American Achievement Award was established in 2003 by the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes to bring awareness to these racial disparities and to recognize the commitment of those positively impacting the African American community.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find the March of Dimes on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.