Beverly Sills - From First note to last

"I've always found that at the very pit, and I've been to the pit a lot, there's something that pulls you back up... I believe that you can only be defeated by yourself, and I don't believe I self-defeat." - Interview with Helen Benedict published in "Portraits in Print" (1991)

foundations & charities

March of Dimes

As National Chair of the March of Dimes' Mothers' March on Birth Defects, Sills has helped to raise over $80 millions during her tenure. Often meeting with parents of birth-defected children and visiting the children in hospitals, Sills has chosen to use her position to raise funds for this organization.

March of Dimes recieves a donation
Donating the proceeds from the "Chaine Dines for Dimes" to the March of Dimes.
Photo Caption: (L to R)
"Bailli Délégué" Doyle Rogers, Howard Halpern, Lynne Halpern & Beverly Sills

Sills' reasons for devoting herself to the cause of eradicating birth defects stem from her children, Muffy and Peter. At age two, Muffy was diagnosed as suffering from severe hearing loss. Several months later, Peter was diagnosed as mentally retarded. After learning these agonizing facts, Sills began the lifelong journey of bringing awareness to this issue.