Plan are under way for the Ascension Parish March for Babies fundraiser April 6 at the American Legion Hall in Gonzales.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Dr. Geoffrey Fraiche is serving as the event chairman, a news release from March of Dimes states.

March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013, the release states.

As March for Babies chairman, Fraiche will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent pre-term birth and birth defects.

“My work with the March of Dimes is a real honor — especially during the Foundation’s milestone 75th anniversary year,” Fraiche said. March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies. I can’t think of a more important cause than healthy babies.

“Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death,” he said “In Louisiana, one in eight babies is born premature, and that’s just not acceptable. It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies.”

Last year, the Gonzales March for Babies raised more than $88,000. Fraiche, who also served as the chairman in 2012, has made the commitment to raise $34,000 in new revenue as part of the 2013 March for Babies total goal of $135,000.

“I couldn’t be happier having Dr. Fraiche serve as March for Babies Chair,” Frankie Robertson, state director for the Louisiana March of Dimes Chapter, said. “I am sure that he will bring the same drive, dedication and passion that made him a well-respected member of the community to his efforts on behalf of March for Babies. I know his contribution will go a long way to making this year’s event an unqualified success.”

Ascension Parish residents can sign up at and start a team with co-workers, family and friends.