2nd Annual “Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll”

By Roisin Foley, Assistant to the Executive Director, FCSN

walk_1On September 21, 2014, the Federation for Children with Special Needs hosted our second annual fundraising “Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll”! Held on the grounds of the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, the event drew over 60 participants and raised $11,000 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. The morning’s activities included face painting, arts and crafts projects, balloon animals and hats, and much more. Families were provided with snacks and drinks courtesy of the wonderful donors listed below.

Executive Director Rich Robison welcomed participants, thanked them for coming, and introduced the guest of honor, Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2014, Rosa Angelica Colon. Ms. Colon urged kids and families not to be defined by disability, but by the strength and possibility they have inside. Last year’s guest of honor, Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2013, Nicole Tarzia, was also in attendance.

At 1pm, Colon and Tarzia led participants on a trek around the nature trail, where they were encouraged to search for playful scavenger hunt items that had been hidden by volunteers from Boston University.

The weather was hot, with some showers at the beginning of the event. Luckily the rain held off for the walk and the party afterwards!

Following the walk, families and children returned to the outdoor pavilion, where they enjoyed ice cream and more activities. Awards were given to the 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.

The second annual Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll was a great success that would not have been possible without all the hard work of participants, donors, volunteers, and Federation staff! We hope to see you at next year’s Third Annual event!

Many thanks to the Massachusetts Hospital School for the use of their facilities and to all our wonderful sponsors and donors who helped make the event a success:

Whole Foods Utz Frito-Lay Sunny Delight   Crystal Springs Eastern Bank Millennium Nails   Marathon Sports-Brookline The Leslie Family   Bob and Patricia Schram Boston Parents’ Paper