By: Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq.
In late December of 2018, the Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors of the March of Dimes met for our annual board retreat at Shriner’s Hospital on Broad Street in Philadelphia.
This particular meeting marked the third time the board had met for an annual retreat since the organization had undergone a metamorphosis, an inward looking and outward re-branding transition throughout the national organization. The March of Dimes, like many other charitable organizations, had undergone a comprehensive review of its staff, systems, and structure with an eye towards reenergizing its long-standing mission, one that dates back to the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our President, to bring healthy babies into the world.
With a renewed emphasis on healthy babies and healthy moms, a new brand, some new faces and a reinvigorated approach to raising funds, the March of Dimes and the Greater Philadelphia Board had reorganized itself, and in the process, recommitted itself to its important mission.
For me personally, this was an opportunity for me to increase my participation and my leadership position, from a solely South Jersey impact, to impacting mothers and babies throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. It was an opportunity for me to stretch my legs, to get out of my local comfort zone, to meet new and interesting executives, business people, doctors, nurses, and interested parties throughout the tri-state area. What originally began for me as a way to give back to the doctors and the nurses who helped my family, through many years of difficult and troubled pregnancies, became an excellent opportunity for me to work on a greater scale, and to hopefully impact many more mothers’ and babies’ lives along the way.
During this period I met and was able to get to know better, representatives of the former Philadelphia Board, whom were dedicated volunteers with backgrounds at great corporate partners like NBC Universal, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and some of our areas finest hospital providers like University of Pennsylvania, which houses our Prematurity Infant Research Center. During our transition we brought volunteers throughout the tri-state area together into one Board. I was able to attend events not just in Southern Jersey but throughout the region, including events at the Union League, at Xfinity Live, black tie affairs in Atlantic City, and one of the area’s largest charitable giving luncheons known as the Transportation Bridge and Construction Luncheon. I am truly thankful that I decided to get involved in the March of Dimes many years ago. The March of Dimes is a special organization, and with the transition of the Greater Philadelphia Board and the organization nationwide, we are poised for great things in the New Year 2019. If anyone is interested in joining the Board or getting involved in one of the Board’s committees, please contact me.
I have been a sponsor and a chairperson for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Gloucester County for several years. This Spring 2019 we will host our third annual 5K run for Babies on the campus of Rowan University.
Vincent T. Cieslik, Esq. is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and a Shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Health Care Groups. Vince focuses his practice in the representation of individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and large corporations in complicated and often high-risk litigation. His areas of expertise are in commercial litigation, health care law, and estate law. He is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit.
In his personal time, Vince supports the March of Dimes of South Jersey, serves as the Walk Chairman for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies and 5K Run for Babies, and serves as a member of a local school board. He also coaches youth basketball and track, and enjoys long distance running including the Philadelphia, New York, and prestigious Boston Marathon.