LEWISTON – Babies, balloons and birthday cake filled the grassy quad behind Chase Hall at Bates College recently as more than 100 spectators cheered on the 40 athletes in Hope House’s 2004 Baby Olympics.

The 10 events, featuring a crawl derby, scooter “chariot race,” toddler shot-put and push-toy marathon, let little ones show off for the crowd.

The cause for celebration was the 10th birthday of Hope House’s Lewiston outreach center for moms, called the Pregnancy and Single Moms’ Support Center, 91 College St. Sustained only by donations of the communtiy, the center, which draws more than 600 moms annually for classes and practical assistance, hopes to continue helping babies grow strong for at least another 10 years.

Forty area businesses and churches donated goods and prizes valuing more than $1,000 or collected change in baby bottles to make a total of more than $3,000 to help keep the center operating.

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