Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll
A Beautiful Day to Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll
By Becky Rizoli, Project Associate – Parent Training & Information Center
On September 22, 2013, the Federation for Children with Special Needs held their first ever fundraising walk, “Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll”! Held at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA, the event drew over one hundred participants and raised over $13,000 for the Federation!
Participants enjoyed tunes spun by DJ Kevin Sullivan, who got everyone on the floor dancing the Cha-Cha, the Electric Slide, and the Hokey Pokey; and playing Freeze Dance and Wonder Ball. The morning’s activities included face painting, arts and crafts projects, balloon animals and hats, and much more. Families brought picnic lunches, and were provided with snacks, drinks, and ice cream treats, courtesy of the wonderful donors listed below.
After lunch, FCSN’s Executive Director Rich Robison welcomed participants, thanked them for coming, and introduced guest of honor, Nicole Tarzia, Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2013. Ms. Tarzia encouraged all in attendance to dream big! At 1pm, Tarzia and event mascot Frances the Elephant led the participants on a trek around the nature trail, where they also searched for a variety of playful scavenger hunt items.
The weather also cooperated for the event. The sun came out in the afternoon just in time for the walk to begin, and walkers, rollers, shobblers, and strollers were treated a warm, sunny autumn afternoon. There was just enough of a breeze to carry the bubbles blown by the participants!
Following the walk, families and children returned to the gym, where they enjoyed ice cream treats. Awards were given to individuals and teams who had raised the most money for the Federation.
Federation staff extended their gratitude to all the volunteers, especially the students from Boston University who generously gave their time to help at the walk.
All in all, the first Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll was a great success, which could not have happened without all the hard work of all the participants, donors, volunteers! We are already planning to hold the event again next year. Hope to see you there!
Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and donors:
Family Activities Sponsored by People’s United Bank
Food and Prizes donated by:
Boston Pizza Tours, Coca Cola Bottlers, Frito-Lay, Green Mountain Coffee, Kabloom Flowers, Kimball Farms, Laurel Pure Water, Margarita’s, Millennium Nails, New England Ice Cream, New England Revolution, Paris Creperie, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, Pure Hockey, Staples, Sunny Delight, Temptations Café, The Pear Tree Of Brookline, Trader Joe’s, Utz, Vera Bradley, WB Mason, Whole Foods, Wild Goose Chase, and Yogurtland.
*where a shuffle meets a hobble