LAS VEGAS – March of Dimes recently presented Dallas Haun, chairman and CEO of Nevada State Bank, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, and reducing premature births and infant mortality.
Phil Kalsman, state director of the Nevada Chapter of March of Dimes, presented the award acknowledging Haun’s individual success fundraising on behalf of the organization. He explained that the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only 200 given by the national organization, is the only award ever presented to anyone in the state of Nevada.
“The relationship with our corporate partners, like Nevada State Bank, is essential to March of Dimes mission,” said Kalsman. “The impact of one individual, like Dallas Haun, who picks up the phone and asks others to support our mission, is priceless.”
Haun served as chairman for Nevada’s 2010 March for Babies, the organization’s signature fundraising event, and his personal efforts made him fourth in the nation in March of Dimes fundraising in 2010. He repeated as chairman for the 2011 March for Babies.
“Nevada State Bank has been a supporter of March of Dimes since 1998. This is something my colleagues and I feel very strongly about, and we want to help make a difference,” said Haun. “It’s all about our future generations—ones filled with healthy babies.”
Since 1998, Nevada State Bank has raised more than $650,000 through corporate sponsorship and employee participation in the annual March for Babies. In addition to selling stuffed animals and candy at bank branches, employees got creative with fundraising efforts through activities such as pizza parties, food sales, and carwashes. The bank’s employee team consistently ranked among the top fundraising organizations for March of Dimes in the state of Nevada.
Since 2003, March of Dimes’ fight to save babies has concentrated on its Prematurity Campaign, an intensive, multi-year effort to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity. Every year, more than half a million babies in the U.S. and more than 4,500 in Nevada are born too soon. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, and many die before their first birthday. The cost of medical care for a premature baby is more than 12 times the cost for a baby born full-term. In Nevada, $26 million is spent annually on health-related expenses caused by prematurity.
“As Nevada’s oldest and largest state-chartered bank, Nevada State Bank is focused on a brighter and healthier future for the communities we serve,” said Haun. “We recognize that healthy babies mean healthier and happier families, so we’re doing whatever we can to support March of Dimes in its efforts to ensure that Nevada babies are born healthy.”
For more information about March of Dimes, visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/nevada/.
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Nevada State Bank, with assets of more than $4.0 billion, is largest state-chartered bank in Nevada. A full-service bank with branches statewide, Nevada State Bank offers a complete range of consumer, private and business banking services. It is a subsidiary of Salt Lake City-based Zions Bancorporation (Nasdaq: ZION), one of the nation’s premier financial services companies with affiliates in 11 Western and Southwestern states. For more information on Nevada State Bank, call 702.383.0009 or access www.nsbank.com.