Another Successful Walk!
By Mary Lewis-Pierce, Development Assistant at the Federation
Families, friends, and community members enjoyed a beautiful day while celebrating the Federation’s annual “Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll” event on September 25 at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital. The walkers enjoyed a peaceful mile-long walk down a nature path to raise funds for and awareness of the Federation.
Executive Director Rich Robison kicked off the event by encouraging participants to socialize and enjoy the day. “The annual walk is a wonderful opportunity for Federation staff and families to network, celebrate and have fun.” Oanh Bui brought families that attend her support group, Vòng Tay Cha Me Viêt (Circle of Vietnamese Parents). She says that the event is important for the Federation since so much of the work is done through the telephone or in the community.
“The walk is a fun filled family day for the families to appreciate the work of the Federation and connect face to face, not just through a phone call.”
This event is more than just a walk. Younger participants played games and made hats at the craft tables. Local entertainer Silly Sally’s delighted the children with face painting and laughs. Participants enjoyed music and dancing thanks to the talented DJ Kevin Sullivan. At one point, an enthusiastic Conga line made its way around the pavilion! Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, walkers returned to tasty treats such as pizza, ice cream, and granola bars.
This year’s walk raised $8,000 to help the Federation continue its mission to support families of children with special needs, but it is also an important opportunity to build community between Federation staff and the families of those we serve.
Thank you to our Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll sponsors: Eastern Bank, Robert and Patricia Schram, ProxTalker, LLC, Franciscan Children’s.
*When a shuffle meets a hobble.” – definition by Chelsea Kendig, self-advocate