By  on March 9, 2007

When Pamela Baxter accepted the Beautiful Apple Award at the March of Dimes' 32nd annual Beauty Ball Wednesday night, she didn't mince words when it came time to hand out credit. "My staff did a great job of dialing for dollars," said Baxter, president and chief executive officer of LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, North America.

Baxter, clad in a John Galliano showstopper, also had a pleasant surprise: Her husband, John, flew in her grandkids, Azure and David, to help celebrate. "I love them more than life — and I'm so proud of them for keeping a secret!" said Baxter. "The CIA could learn a few things from them."

Turning serious, Baxter spoke of her late brother, Patrick, who died in the Fifties after a premature birth. "Given the state of medical science at that time, he didn't survive," said Baxter, who was two when Patrick was born. "After that, any time my mother and I would pass a March of Dimes fund-raising can, she would give me extra change to put in it."

Another woman closely affected by the cause, Fox 5 reporter Andrea Day, showed a heart-wrenching video of her late son, Michael, who was born in her 24th week of pregnancy. She spoke movingly about his 48-day life, emphasizing the importance of the neonatal intensive care programs that are funded by the March of Dimes and the Beauty Ball each year.

The evening, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised more than $1 million for the cause and drew 500 guests.

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