The March of Dimes Foundation which has since taken up promoting the general health of pregnant women and babies, initially began as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The name "March of Dimes"—coined in the late 1930s by vaudeville star Eddie Cantor as a play on the contemporary newsreel series "The March of Time"—was originally used for the foundation's annual fundraising event that requested each child donate a dime to help fight polio. You can read more about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_of_dimes
Of course it came as no surprise to learn that Croton was right there in the trenches--everyone was involved, the schools, the scouts, The Croton Lions, the Rotary and many others.
Click on the photos below, courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by The Croton Historical Society.
MORE MARCH OF DIMES CROTON HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/more-from-crotons-march-of-dimes.html