RALEIGH, N.C. (6/22/09)--State Employees CU (SECU) of North Carolina raised a record $52,000 for the March of Dimes during its Triangle March of Dimes March for Babies campaign. The figure is $9,000 more than SECU raised last year. About 250 SEC members participated in a three-mile march held May 2. SECU employees also held bake sales, raffles and other activities throughout the year to raise money. The March of Dimes focuses on research to prevent premature birth, and education to help women reduce their risks of having a premature baby, according to Sarah T. Moore, executive director of the Eastern Carolina Division of the March of Dimes. “Each year, more than a half million babies are born too soon, too small or too sick in the U.S.--that’s one in eight babies, or 26,000 babies in North Carolina,” she said. SECU, based in Raleigh, N.C., has $16 billion in assets.