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Cal-Nev-Hi District of Kiwanis International Kicks off The Super Bowl of Saving Lives

by Mark McDonald

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The California, Nevada and Hawaii District of Kiwanis International is sponsoring the first ever Super Bowl of Saving Lives to raise funds for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT).
As part of an annual one day Mid-Year Conference held in Southern California, nearly 400 clubs have been invited to also attend the first ever Super Bowl of Saving Lives.
Following the conference, this dinner and silent auction with entertainment will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Taking place at 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, the evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner of gourmet football faire at 7 p.m.
Tickets, which are available to the public, are just $65 and all proceeds from the evening will benefit this worldwide project. To register or make a donation go to and select the Mid-Year South option. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in NFL attire or their favorite team’s colors.
The event Chairman is Mark McDonald, Owner of La Mesa Carpet & Linoleum. He is planning this football themed event to encourage attendance and participation in this worthwhile cause.
“When we realized that our conference was taking place on Super Bowl Weekend, we decided to turn this fact into a positive message. When you think about it, the fact that our organization can save the life of a mother and child for $1.80 donation, our members are really champions. Just like a Super Bowl champion team, we aren’t giving up until we win and this disease is as rare as it now is in the U.S.,” said McDonald.
“I’ll be there in my San Diego Chargers blue and gold to show that I am not only a local fan of football, but a fan of saving lives across the world.”
McDonald and his crew of Kiwanis volunteers will also host a walkathon before the conference begins from 7 a.m.- 8 a.m.
Tetanus is a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes—about 160 newborns each day. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is easily prevented by giving women of childbearing age a series of three vaccine doses to protect them and their future babies. Providing the three doses costs roughly $1.80 and includes the vaccinations, syringes, safe storage, transportation and more.
Kiwanis International is raising $110 million by 2015 in an effort to protect millions of women and babies who are at risk of this deadly but highly preventable disease.
To support this global campaign, the Cal-Nev-Hi District of Kiwanis has set a goal to raise $8 million.
“By joining us for The Super Bowl of Saving Lives we hope others in California, Nevada and Hawaii will help us in our efforts to protect millions of mothers and newborns around the world.” declared
Saturday, February 1, 2014 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA
Contact, Mark McDonald, Cal-Nev-Hi District South Eliminate Project Co-chairman

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Cal-Nev-Hi District of Kiwanis International Kicks off The Super Bowl of Saving Lives