Pictured (l-r) are some of the sponsors of Friday night's Morris Miracle Marchers benefit dance held at Club El Patron, club owner Javier "JV" Villanueva, Albert Martinez and his wife Cynthia. Photo by JEFF MASON

Benefit dance held Friday night

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

Jerry and The Ruff-Nex played a benefit dance for the March of Dimes Friday night at Club El Patron, helping the Morris Miracle Marchers raise more than $1,200 for the charity.

The fun-filled evening included a raffle of some 20 prizes, including the grand prize of a $200 gas grill donated by Love Chrysler-Alice. Gloria Rodriguez was the winner of the grill.

Jerry Guerra, lead singer of Jerry and the Ruff-Nex, said he was happy to help.

"The March of Dimes is a great organization," Guerra said. "We were more than happy to help. It's a good thing you all are doing."

The band, which has been together nearly 25 years and is based out of Benavides, is currently working on a new CD.

The event was sponsorsed by Club El Patron, L&F Distributing, Quick Draw Wash Rack and Love Chrysler-Alice. Food and supplies were donated by Popeyes, Dominos Pizza, Fairway Grill, H-E-B and Stars Drive-In.

The Morris Miracle Marchers is a March of Dimes family team made up of the Morris family and staff members of the Alice Echo-News Journal.

The team is currently ranked 23rd in the state in fundraising among all family teams.

The March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to ensuring all babies are born healthy and works to fight premature birth.

The rate of prematurity has increased since 1981 nearly 29 percent. More than 470,000 babies are born prematurely each year and many do not survive. In response to this growing problem, the March of Dimes has launched a five-year, $75 million Prematurity Campaign to raise awareness and to find ways to address and prevent premature birth.

The Alice March for Babies is April 19 at Laviana Plaza. Team photos begin at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Teams can still register. Call Debe Holt at 1-800-580-4215.