A Roosevelt Remembers Family's Charitable History; Granddaughter of FDR Helps Start Fundraising Campaign for the March of Dimes

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Byline: Topher Sanders

No amount of charitable giving is too small.

That's the foundation upon which the March of Dimes was built 75 years ago and remains a tenet of the organization today, said Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The March of Dimes focuses on maternal and infant health and was founded by President Roosevelt.

Roosevelt's granddaughter was visiting Jacksonville on Sunday to help start a $5 million fundraising campaign through 2014.

She gave a presentation during a dinner hosted by attorney W.C. Gentry and his wife, Susan, at the Epping Forest Yacht Club. The Gentrys are founding members of the Northeast Florida President's Society, a group of individuals who made large contributions to the March of Dimes.

But it doesn't take big checks to make a difference, Roosevelt said before Sunday's dinner.

That's part of the March of Dimes' history, which she called the first "democratic charity." Before the March of Dimes, she said, charity consisted of the rich giving to the poor. …