NHF Hemophilia Walk
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Lake Crabtree County Park
Morrisville, NC 27560
A Great Day at the 3rd Annual Hemophilia Walk
Recent news reported a decline in charitable giving but philanthropy was alive and well in North Carolina for the 2010 Hemophilia Walk! Through the hard work of our team captains, fellow walkers and donors, the NC Walk raised over $66,000 in local funds. Together with our national funds and some very generous in-kind donations, the revenue topped $100,000.
Over 725 participants joined together on a beautiful day at Lake Crabtree County Park for the walk to help raise awareness and support the bleeding disorders community. In all 34 teams gathered in a variety of colorful tee shirts and designs along with many other individuals for the 5k walk on October 16th. Our new location in the park easily accommodated the crowd and had plenty of room for our sponsors, vendors and walkers.
We thank our generous sponsors and vendors that helped make the event fun for the whole family with activities that included chair massages by Miller Motte College, tasty treats by Rita's Water Ice, coffee and hot chocolate from Starbucks to get us going in the morning, a healthy breakfast provided by Sweet Tomatoes and Panera Bread, the always popular Carolina Photo Booth for great souvenir snapshots, a henna tattoo artist, the Ubot and video van and great soft pretzels that were very popular with the crowd.
The crowd stayed hydrated throughout the day by a generous donation of 1000 bottles of water from Talecris Biotherapeutics and Gatorade from Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
We were entertained throughout the day by Performance DJ and their famous Jambulance! They always do a great job keeping the tempo upbeat and lively – many thanks to them for their support for the past three years.
We also did not forget about a favorite four-legged friends who joined us and received their own personal goodie bags provided by Pet Mania and were dressed up for the occasion with walk logo bandannas made especially for them!
We were thrilled to have Alina Machado of ABC 11 as our event emcee. Alina (who stepped in from vacation when Frances Scott lost her voice the night before) welcomed everyone to the walk and hosted a fun trivia contest about bleeding disorders. After some congratulatory announcements, the Tri-Force Jump Rope Team entertained the crowd with a fantastic performance. Then we readied for the walk with an energetic warm up and Zumba dance routine by HNC member, Gee Smith.
Val Bias, National Hemophilia Foundation CEO, joined us at the NC walk and shared with us information about the walks taking place all over the country this year that have raised over $1.2 million and been host to thousands of walkers who have participated. The walks not only raise critical funds for the support of the bleeding disorders community, they have helped raise awareness for so many people who have come out to support us.
This year we recognized three people who showed extraordinary creativity and outstanding efforts in helping with the walk. The King Droplet 2010 award went to Reid Coleman, our Queen Droplet 2010 was Ann Skinner and the Junior Droplet 2010 went to Leo Sebolt. All of them embodied the spirit of the walk in raising funds and awareness in their local communities.
A very special kudos and thank you to our Walk Chair Family this year, Zackary and the Factor VIIIs – Brandon, Tiffany, Zackary and Nickolas Hargett, who did an outstanding job of representing Hemophilia of North Carolina and the walk throughout the year.
Although funds are still arriving each day, we would like to acknowledge some of our top fundraisers and teams at this point. Our congratulations and appreciation go out to –
Our Top Fundraising Teams –
Kelly's Heroes who raised $4306.25
Accredo Hemophilia Health Services who raised $3880.00
Zackary and the Factor VIIIs who raised $3600.00
Factor 1 in a Million who raised $2643.00
The Taylor JAGSs who raised $2641.00
Our Top Individual Fundraisers –
Tiffany Hargett - $3530.00
Reid Coleman - $2555.00
Allison Harcourt - $2350.00
Ann Skinner - $1838.00
Sharon Sebolt - $1050.00
There are many other teams and individuals who did an extraordinary job of raising funds and we encourage you to visit the walk website at hemophilia.org/walk to view all their outstanding efforts.
The day would not have been a success without the army of volunteers who stayed late at night and arrived early in the morning to help set up and run the event. Everything ran smoothly and we thank all of our teens from Enloe High School along with company volunteers and HNC members who did an outstanding job of jumping right in to help out.
We also have a wonderful photo gallery of pictures from the walk that is available for viewing here on this site. Our many thanks to resident photographer and board member, Kathy Register, for capturing all the great moments!
The goal of the walk was to raise funds and awareness for those people affected by a bleeding or clotting disorder. Not only did you succeed in accomplishing both of these goals, the energy and enthusiasm from the walk helped to form many new relationships and helped renew old ones that will last for years to come – a very since thank you to everyone for all of your support!
We are already looking forward to next year's Hemophilia Walk, scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, 2011 – so SAVE THE DATE! We'll be back in the same place; same time and look forward to seeing you again. Our planning has also begun so if you have some time to share your talents with us and want to get involved, please contact HNC at 800-9990-5557 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for all your wonderful support!
Thank You to Our National Walk Sponsors
Thank You to Our Local Walk Sponsors
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