Citizens Bank Joins With March of Dimes to Improve Health of Babies, Prevent Birth Defects

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BATESVILLE – April 29, 2014 – A team of Citizens Bank associates is seeking additional volunteers and donations to support the “March for Babies,” a March of Dimes fund-raising event to be held Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Southside High School track.

“Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick,” said Kristi Morgan, captain of the Citizens Bank group.  “Our team is walking in the March for Babies because we want to do something about this unfortunate situation.”

“When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year,” said Sandy Liles, director of March of Dimes of Independence County.  “The money raised supports programs in our community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.  And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.”

Liles said the March of Dimes has sponsored walks since 1970 and have raised a $2.3 billion to benefit all babies.  This year, three million people are expected to participate in similar events in nearly 700 communities across the nation.  Additional teams can register for the event at

Morgan said anyone who cannot participate can donate to the Citizens Bank team online at  She can also be contacted by email at if anyone is interested in walking or to get more information.

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Funds raised in the March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Sandy Liles (left), director of March of Dimes of Independence County, shows off the official “March for Babies” T-shirt to Kristi Morgan, captain of the Citizens Bank team entered in the event.