7th Annual Memphis VisionWalk

Congratulations on a GREAT Walk!

Memphis - Seeing is BelievingThe weather was perfect, Shelby Farms was beautiful (if you looked around the construction!), and we set a BUNCH of RECORDS on Saturday!  I hope you all had a fun day celebrating the very successful fundraising accomplished this year, and the gathering of good friends within the blind and visually impaired community of the Mid-South.  

It is always great to see the friends and families who get together for a fun day at the park. The impressive records our walk broke include number of walkers (522), number of teams (37) and most money raised ($50,000 and growing daily).  We are only $4,000 away from our hefty goal, and we have until the end of the year to raise that, so it might just happen!  Thanks to all your efforts for such a successful year!

Here are some great photos from our Walk.  If you have any more you can share, please send them to Steve and he'll post them.

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Memphis - Walk Committee 2014We want to give special thanks to our Walk Chairs, Janice Caudill and Roseanna Behrman; Chapter President Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone; Youth Chairs Rebekah Curl, Gino Hall and Hayden Lovelace; Honorary Chair, Brady Boyd, Miss Capital City; and our other Walk Committee members, Don and Stacy Curl, Cindy Sawyers, Jole Lovelace, Alicia Hall, Clinton Woods, Shiva Bohn, Sharon Lee and Ruth Weddle. Your leadership and dedication to the VisionWalk was the driving force behind our success.

For her first time this year, our emcee, Jeni Diprizio from Local 24 News, did a great job on stage and entertaining the walkers.

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We would also like to thank our sponsors: Our National Walk Partners, Walmart Vision Centers, Regeneron and Genentech; Community Leader, Southern College of Optometry; and Community Supporters, Allen & Hoshall; Baptist Memorial Hospital; Charles Retina Institute; Germantown Lions Club; Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC; Tech Solutions, Inc.; UT Medical Group; Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates; and MTD Products.

A special thank you to the many community sponsors and in-kind donors who made Sunday such a great day for so many. I'd like to recognize the Memphis Fire Department; Costco; Target; Kroger; Krispy Kreme; Palazola Produce; Bunny Bread; Charlie's Meat Market; Jason's Deli; Hardin Sysco; Einstein Brothers; Starbucks; and Jody's Donuts.
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Our two photographers who graciously volunteered their time on Saturday to take a LOT of pictures were Taylor Mitchell from Mellow Yellow Designs, and Christina Ridley.

Special recognition goes out to the Delta Gammas from Memphis University and students from the Southern College of Optometry for serving as top-notch volunteers.

Our musical guest again for 2014, and we hope for a long time in the future, was Kelly Matthews. 

Leading our Walk warm-ups was Debbie Evans from Zumba! 

We welcomed some new entertainment this year, the group of volunteer Star Wars costumers from the Rancor Raiders Garrison of the 501st Legion, who were a lot of fun for our families!

And finally, a HUGE thank you to all the Team Captains, walkers, and volunteers! Your support, dedication, and energy made the day a true success.

With you a Cure is in Sight!

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Congratulations on an amazing performance!  There is still money coming in!  Here are our top Memphis VisionWalk teams and their captains: 

•  ADAM'S ARSENAL, Shauna Walker ($9,225 and counting!)
•  RORO'S PEEPS, Roseanna Behrman ($8,110)
•  IWALK4ISIGHT, Dr. Iannaccone ($3,505)
•  REECE'S PIECES, Stephanie Blaydes ($3,130)
•  HOPE FOR HAYDEN, Jole Lovelace ($3,015)
•  TEAM 20/20 BY 2020, Marsha Walton ($2,200)
•  SEARCH FOR SIGHT, Kelly Matthews ($2,050)
•  SIGHT FOR MORE EYES, Janice Caudill ($2,031)

Here are the individual fundraisers who raised at least $1,000 each. Congratulations on that extraordinary accomplishment!

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Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone
Roseanna Behrman
Emily Hale
Shauna Walker
Marsha Walton
Clinton Woods
Janice Caudill
Peter Blaydes
Stephanie Blaydes
Kelly Matthews
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And we also recognized the Largest Walk Team:

•  SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY ran away with it, with 101 walkers
•  KATE'S CREW had 31 walkers
•  X-SIGHT had 29 walkers
•  JAMEL'S BLESSED had 29 walkers
•  EYE SEEK A CURE had 17 walkers
•  HOPE 4 HAYDEN had 13 walkers

If you have any questions or suggestions for next year, don't hesitate to contact me at (847) 680-0100 or SSroka@FightBlindness.org.


Steve Sroka

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