Take a ride in a limousine to aid March of Dimes walk

April 06, 2007|by JANET HEIM

As a real estate developer, Duane Dillard wears many hats. In the past year, he's added another - limousine owner.

Dillard said he purchased a white stretch limousine from a friend in Greencastle, Pa., who was moving to Florida.

"I bought it a year ago for less than a riding mower, seriously," Dillard said.

Since he bought it, Dillard has added his own personal touch to the rear bumper, a bumper sticker that reads "It's OK to have too much fun!"

It's a philosophy that Dillard believes in. Since the purchase, Dillard has used the limousine for the enjoyment of friends and family.

He has driven people to BWI Airport and surprised children with a ride home from school on their birthdays.

While his limousine is not normally available for hire, Dillard is making an exception through April 28 to benefit the March of Dimes.


Lisa Stanton, a friend of Dillard's and co-chair for the Washington County March of Dimes/Walk America, asked Dillard to be a team captain for the April 28 walk at Long Meadow Shopping Center. Dillard had a previous commitment, but promised to raise money for the walk.

After some thought, he decided he would hire his limo out through the day of the walk, with the proceeds going to the March of Dimes. Thanks to Tracy Kretzer of TMG Studios, the limo windows bear signage with the March of Dimes logo.

Through word-of-mouth, Dillard has raised more than $500 toward his $2,000 goal. He said a donation for a two- to three-hour ride around town would be $75 and a trip to BWI Airport would be $100, which is less than it would cost with other limousine services.

Dillard said he and two to three volunteer drivers will do the driving.

"It's easy because it's fun," Dillard said.

Stanton said she called Dillard to be a team captain because he's a "go-getter and creative." She said his contribution emphasizes the point that people don't have to walk to raise money for the March of Dimes.

She added that the money raised in Washington County stays in Maryland, with the majority going to Washington County. Stanton said contributions from the March of Dimes are part of the reason Washington County Hospital has a new neonatal unit.

The 6-mile March of Dimes Walk America walk begins at Long Meadow Shopping Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28. Stanton said walkers can sign up ahead of time or on the day of the walk and stresses that walkers don't have to walk the entire six miles to participate.

To schedule a limousine ride, call 301-733-7469. For more information about the March of Dimes/Walk America, call Lisa Stanton at 301-992-1494.

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