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Kings Plaza Macy’s event raises $13,000 for March of Dimes

October 6, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
John Quaglione, outside the Macy's in Kings Plaza Mall, set up a table to encourage people to "Shop for a Cause." Photo courtesy of John Quaglione

Two Brooklyn Macy’s stores that took part in a recent “Shop for a Cause” fundraiser for the March of Dimes had extraordinary success, according to a March of Dimes leader.

John Quaglione of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn committee co-chair of the March of Dimes New York, said a weekend fundraising partnership between Macy’s and the March of Dimes that took place on Aug. 26, 27 and 28 raised more than $20,000 in Brooklyn alone.

The Macy’s Kings Plaza store raised over $13,000 and the Macy’s store on Fulton Street collected more than $7,000 in donations, Quaglione said.

Nationwide, the “Shop for a Cause” program generated more than $3 million dollars this year. 

The fundraiser allowed shoppers to purchase special March of Dimes coupons that gave them the opportunity to get discounts on several items in Macy’s.

“On behalf of all the March of Dimes families in Brooklyn, and throughout our nation, we thank Macy’s for an extraordinarily successful fundraising campaign this year. Over 21,000 babies were born premature in New York state last year, that is one in 10 babies, and prematurity is the number one killer of babies in the U.S.,” said Quaglione, who is deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Golden.

“Every $5 donated, which entitled shoppers to a discount pass, will make a difference for the March of Dimes to continue research and support families,” said Quaglione, who volunteered at the Kings Plaza store during the fundraising campaign. 

Founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to defeat polio, the March of Dimes has worked to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.

Quaglione and his wife Kerry Izzo Quaglione, an elementary school assistant principal, have two daughters, Natalie and Olivia. Natalie Quaglione was born two months premature in 2011.

The Quagliones, who were grateful for the care Natalie received in the neo-natal intensive care unit at The New York Methodist Hospital, decided to show their appreciation by becoming active in the March of Dimes. The Quaglione family takes part every year in the March for Babies, a walk-a-thon sponsored by the March of Dimes. 

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