Coolest Pet Contest

To reduce Infant Mortality in Columbus and Indiana, Meridian Kiwanis is partnering with Riley Hospital for Children, March of Dimes, and Columbus Regional Health’s Infant Mortality Prevention Team.

The contest ended on July 6, 2019. But check back next year for another opportunity to have the Coolest Pet in Columbus!

Coolest Pet Contest – FAQ’s

What are we doing?

  • This Kiwanis sponsored contest raises money by voting ($1 per vote) for the Coolest Dog or Cat in Columbus.

Why are we doing this?

  • 600 babies in Indiana die before their first birthday each year.
  • Indiana’s infant mortality rate is among the highest in the nation.
  • Mortality rate comparable to a third world country
  • Many of these deaths are preventable. We cannot wait to act when babies’ lives are at stake.

How will the money be used?

  • March of Dimes:
    • Implement a newly developed blood test which predicts premature birth. This will allow lifesaving intervention.
  • Riley Children’s Foundation:
    • Create a new Riley Fetal Center with a goal of saving 137 babies per year by reducing Indiana’s fetal mortality to the national average.
  • Healthy Communities Infant Mortality Prevention Team
    • Support a Baby Fair this fall to screen for risk factors, provide education and support healthy choices
Launch Party May 30, 2019 @ Upland Pump House