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March of Dimes names Craig Dexheimer “The Greater Twin Cities Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year”; Salo employee who helped raise more than $125,000 to be honored at national Event July 20.
As a father of two young sons who were both born prematurely and the busy Director of Consultant Services at Salo LLC, the leader in senior-level staffing professionals for finance and accounting, Craig Dexheimer of Maple Grove understands the impacts that premature births puts on newborns, families and a parent’s work environment. That’s why he’s given much of his valuable free time and some of his time at work toward helping to raise money for the March of Dimes over the years an act that has earned him the “Greater Twin Cities Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year” award this year from the March of Dimes. Dexheimer will be honored at a national recognition event in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., July 20, for raising more than $125,000 over the past two years. The family’s website is at: http://www.strongwilldex.com/
Craig’s second son Will, was born 16 weeks early in 2004, weighing only 1 lb., 3 ounces. Now approaching the age of three, the toddler still struggles to catch up and overcome the obstacles of a premature birth. Will Dexheimer is one of more than a half million babies born prematurely every year. Many never survive, others suffer lifelong consequences of such as cerebral palsy, blindness, chronic lung disease, mental retardation and other issues. But thanks to life-saving breakthroughs provided by the March of Dimes, Will is making it, which prompted his father to volunteer many hours in fundraising activities as chairman of the revenue committee for the Greater Twin Cities March of Dimes and as a member of the Chapter Mission Family Committee. In 2005, Dexheimer helped raise more than $25,000 with his “Strong Will Dex” team as part of the annual WalkAmerica event; in 2006 he helped coordinate the United Health Group Corporate System Golf Tournament that raised more than $100,000.
“We hope Will’s story will inspire other parents to have hope and perseverance when they’re faced with a premature birth,” Dexheimer says. “No family should have to face the uncertainty and pain that often comes with a premature birth. I’m grateful for the award recognition from the March of Dimes and I’m happy to be part of a company like Salo that understands the value of volunteer service and striking a balance between work and life issues.” Dexheimer oversees more than 250 consultants and full time employees as Director of Consultant Services at Salo, including a complex benefits package, and other management duties.
Dexheimer says one of the key factors that attracted him to Salo was the prevailing understanding you can work hard and be very successful while also having fun and maintaining balance in your life. “That’s ingrained in the culture at Salo and why it has been able to attract such high-caliber consultants and employees.”
“We are extremely proud of Craig’s commitment to this very personal issue and our company is happy that the March of Dimes has recognized his sacrifices to help improve the lives of others who share the burden of premature birth,” says Salo co-founder, Amy Langer.
“Craig Dexheimer is an accomplished professional and also an outstanding example of why the quality of life in Minnesota will continue to remain high,” adds John Folkestad, Salo co-founder. “We salute his family and commend Craig for his exemplary volunteer work. It will touch the lives of many in our community”.
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.com.