Ventura's hosts March of Dimes fundraiser

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

April 28, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

When Erma and Hector Gutierrez's grandson Jaxson was born premature five years ago, their eyes were open to the struggles of preemie babies.

"Premature babies are true survivors because they day they're born, they're fighting to live," Erma Gutierrez said.

Jaxson is now a 5-year-old healthy child, and the Gutierrezes credit much of his survival to organizations like March of Dimes, which fund research and provide resources to combat premature deliveries.

That's why they're hosting the second annual Signature Dish for Babies at Ventura's Restaurant Sunday. The fundraising event, which aims to collect $10,000, will donate all proceeds to the March of Dimes.

On Sunday, Ventura's is preparing a single dish of Chicken dorarito over a bed of white rice and gravy, green beans sauteed in bacon, onions and salsa de tomate, roasted corn and two flour tortillas. Each plate is $8 for dine-in and plates to-go.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each, or three for $5, with a chance to win as many as 27 prizes including a 42-inch flat screen TV, Sony Blu Ray player, gift cards to major retailers like Best Buy and Sam's, gas cards, baseball tickets, Schlitterbahn tickets, cargo trailers, top-shelf fishing gear, among others.

As of Thursday, the Gutierrezes said they've raised about $5,000 not including raffle tickets and pre-sold meals.

"Hopefully this will bring awareness to the community about the health issues and risk of premature babies," Erma Gutierrez said.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by Ventura's and the Hector L. Gutierrez Insurance Agency.



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