Transportation, Building and Construction Awards

Tuesday, September 13, 2022  |  11:30 a.m.
The Westin Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

We look forward to seeing you!

The volunteers and guests who make up our Transportation, Building and Construction (TB&C) Awards  community are coming together in new, innovative ways to support moms and babies this year.
Data show that the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations in the world for childbirth. Over 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and the CDC reports that 60 percent are preventable. The preterm birth rate is on the rise. Two babies die every hour in the United States. By joining our TB&C community you are making a big difference. 
Your support of March of Dimes helps fund:
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!
Learn more about how we are coming together in new and exciting ways in 2021.  We will update this page as we finalize our plans.  We hope you reach out directly! Contact Barbara Roth at [email protected] or 412-506-8611 for more information.


Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11:30 AM for the 12th Annual Pittsburgh Transportation, Building & Construction Awards at The Westin Pittsburgh.

Please contact Barbara Roth for more details at 412-506-8611 or [email protected] .


Thanks to Tom Bice from Gannett Fleming and Jodi Rennie from Turner Construction Company, Chairs for the 2022 Pittsburgh Transportation, Building & Construction Awards and their Executive Leadership Team. We are honored to present this year's event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our event, providing you with brand recognition and exclusive opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Barbara Roth at (412) 506-8611 or [email protected] for more information.

The Sayles Family

Kelsey went into her first pregnancy thinking everything would be normal, until the day that her water broke at just shy of 24 weeks. Her due date wasn’t for another 3 and a half months. Daelyn came into this world weighing 1 pound 3 ounces. She and Dalen received devastating news that their daughter had only a 30% chance of survival.

There are many things a baby born so early cannot do, and that means there are times when something as small as holding your baby gets put on hold.  Kelsey and Dalen were not able to hold their daughter until she was 3 and a half weeks old. While in the NICU Daelyn was intubated for her first 2 months of life. Daelyn was born with her eyelids still fused together and did not open them until she was 1 week old. Due to the large amount of oxygen she needed on a daily basis, Daelyn underwent a successful laser eye surgery at just 3 months old. In the end, Daelyn spent 136 days in the NICU and was sent home with medication and oxygen, although she no longer needs either. She may require behavioral assistance in the future, but is otherwise a happy and healthy 5 year old.

When Kelsey went to the doctor for her second pregnancy, she was told there was a good chance that her child would be born early. Contractions came at 34 weeks, and after contracting on an old vertical uterine scar, Kelsey was rushed into an emergency C-section. Although still premature, Kyra weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces and had a feeding tube for the first 2 weeks of life, but didn’t require intubation or oxygen. Unlike her older sister Daelyn, Kyra stayed 15 days in the NICU.

During both of Kelsey’s pregnancies, she received surfactant therapy in the days leading up to giving birth to encourage her children’s lungs to develop faster. Surfactant Therapy was researched and funded by March of Dimes, and has since reduced Respiratory Distress Syndrome in babies by nearly half.

Like Daelyn and Kyra, about 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth may face long-term health challenges, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.

As the 2022 Transportation, Building & Construction Ambassador Family, Kelsey will share their story and help raise awareness and funds in support of healthier moms and stronger babies. They hope their story can help March of Dimes level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics.