NHF Hemophilia Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Lake Crabtree County Park
Morrisville, NC 27560
We've been busy tallying the results from our wonderful 2011 Hemophilia Walk last Saturday (well, and maybe taking a day of rest in between). At the onset of our walk planning, we set a goal of raising $65,000 and hosting 1000 participants. We are very excited to announce that through your tremendous support and effort, we reached both goals and far exceeded our fundraising expectations.
Through the hard work of our team captains, fellow walkers, donors and volunteers, the NC Walk raised $78,751 as of today in local funds. Together with our national funds and some very generous in-kind donations, the revenue topped $118,000!
Over 1000 participants joined together on a perfect day of weather 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 team tee shirts, many of which were provided through a donation by Grifols, along with hundreds of other individuals for the 5k walk on October 15th. Many thanks to Instant Imprints for meeting our short deadlines on the team tee shirts and walk shirts along with generously donating the setup fees and discounting our attire. Our activity area was buzzing with walkers, sponsors, vendors & volunteers. We would like to thank our walk partner, Wake County, and the terrific staff at Lake Crabtree County Park for hosting our event free of charge in such a beautiful location.
We also 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, coffee and hot chocolate from Starbucks to get us going in the morning, a healthy breakfast provided by Sweet Tomatoes, Whole Foods and Panera Bread, as well as a very generous donation of lunch by Jason's Deli who also provided staff to help serve the masses! Our sponsors at the event also helped provide some great activities that included a Mad Scientist, the ShutterBooth photo booth, face painting and Good Humor ice cream. We were also well entertained by the Carolina Hurricanes mascot, Stormy, who returned this year along with the Slap Shot Booth where kids were able to take a shot on goal and a chance to win a hockey stick autographed by the team!
The crowd stayed hydrated throughout the day by a generous donation of 1000 bottles of water from Grifols and thirty cases of Gatorade from Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
We were entertained throughout the day by Performance DJ and although they have retired their famous Jambulance, they never missed a beat! They always do a great job keeping the tempo upbeat and lively – many thanks to them for their support for the past four 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, who has generously donated over 100 bags for the past four years, and were dressed up for the occasion with walk logoed bandannas made especially for them!
We were thrilled to have our event emceed again by ABC 11 reporter, Alina Machado, who also joined in our walk around the park. Alina welcomed everyone to the walk and helped kick off our Fun Run, which was new to the walk this year. After some congratulatory announcements, Alina introduced the local dance company, World in Motion who entertained the crowd with their performance and stretch.
The National Hemophilia Foundation VP for Research & Medical Information, Neil Frick, joined us at the NC walk and thanked everyone for their support. There are 20 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.
In keeping with a tradition we started last year, we recognized three people who showed extraordinary creativity and outstanding efforts in helping with the walk. The King Droplet 2011 award went to Leroy Taylor, our Queen Droplet 2011 was Crystal Hoernlein and the Junior Droplet 2011 went to Zackary Hargett. 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 Chairs this year – the Taylor Family and The Taylor JAG's Team – who did an outstanding job of representing Hemophilia of North Carolina and the walk throughout the year. We also thank our 2011 Host Committee members who helped support the walk in the community.
Although funds are still arriving each day and our website will be open for donation for another month, we would like to acknowledge some of our top fundraisers and teams at this point. Our congratulations and appreciation goes out to –
Our Top Fundraising Teams –
The Ninth Factor who raised $5,439
The Taylor JAGS's who raised $4,219
King Droplet's Driplets who raised $3,640
Zackary and the Factor VIII's who raised $3,555
M.L.D. Team who raised $2,528
Together, these teams raised nearly $20,000!
Our Top Individual Fundraisers –
Tyronna Hooker - $3,642
Tiffany Hargett – $3,455
Reid Coleman – $3,155
Ann Skinner – $1,588
Mark & Ashley Davis – $1,171
Some of Our Largest Teams –
Biogen Idec Hemophilia
The Ninth Factor
The Taylor JAG's
There are so many other teams and individuals who did an extraordinary job of raising funds and registering walkers. This year our corporate support was also very generous and we thank all of the local and national companies who helped make the event such a success. We encourage you to visit the walk website at www.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 a huge thank you to our Volunteer Coordinator, Eli Banks, who recruited dozens of fellow Wolfpack students from NC State University along with Enloe High School volunteers and HNC members who did an outstanding job of jumping right in to help out.
Our photo gallery is now available on our Facebook page and we thank our Wolfpack volunteer, Chase Green, for taking time to capture the event and Spencer Brisson for filming all the wonderful activities!
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 sincere thank you to everyone for all of your support! It is always a curiosity to know how we did from one year to the next with a goal to increase participation and awareness. We are very happy to see terrific growth of a 21% increase in locals funds raised and a 33% increase in participants over our 2010 walk. But these numbers don't come close to measuring the success in how many others we were able to reach and share information about bleeding disorders!
We are already looking forward to next year's Hemophilia Walk, scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, 2012 – 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 800-990-5557 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for all your wonderful support!
-- Susan Cowell, Executive Director & Anna Chiles, 2011 Walk Manager
Hemophilia of North Carolina