YOU DID IT!
CONGRATULATIONS! It was a beautiful day, and no rain as promised this past Saturday, February 28th. Over 700 walkers and 36 teams participated in the 9th Annual Arizona VisionWalk! By Saturday, you had already passed your goal of $80,000 and were well on your way to reaching $90,000. With the additional $3,300 donated on Walk day and the $2,500 sponsorship from Questar Capital, I am very excited to say that the Walk has now raised over $91,000 and counting. What a way to start off the 2015 VisionWalk season!
It is not too late to turn in donations!
If you have any new money that comes in, please send those checks to:
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Attn: Arizona VisionWalk
2800 28th Street, Suite 310
Santa Monica, CA 90405
CONGRATULATIONS to our Top 5 Fundraising teams on Walk Day:
1. Team Ashley - $24,175
2. Webster's Woofers - $6,809
3. Mollie's Shamwalks - $4,479
4. Team Linde - $3,067
5. Team Snoopy - $2,500
Huge recognition to this years All-Stars: Judy & Craig Hauger, Jacque Olsen, Krisann Bond, Mollie Thompson, Al Linde, Melissa Cambell, Kaylee Nielson, Julie Stallman, June Tesdall, Donna Singleton, Debra Leonard, Melissa Pipkin, Jennifer Dent, Darsie Emch, Amber & Abby Crosby, Kim Cooper, Karen Hughes, and Terry Phillips.
BRAVO to our Flying Pig Award Winners:
Largest Team: Team Ashley
Rookie of the Year: Tricia's Twins - Kim Cooper
Inspirational Walker: Team Linde - Al Linde
Best T-Shirt: Hooligrants
Eye Did It Award: Team George
This Walk would not have happened without the dedication of some very important people.
First a heartfelt thank you to our Walk Co-Chairs: Amber and Abby Crosby for your dedication and inspiration.
To our Emcee, Paul Horton, of CBS 5 for joining us again for a fifth year in a row and for keeping the rain away. And thank you to Paula Pedene for bring FFB to Paul's attention.
This year we had some incredible volunteers. Thank you to the young men from the Mountain Point Baseball Freshman and JV teams, the Alpha Omicron Pi and Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, the ASU Pre-Optometry Club and of course our veteran registraiton group: Lance and Marci Cypert, Lisa Cross, Sharon and Tom White, Lu and Pete Leonard, Michelle Barners, Amie and Dave Higginbotham.
Special Thank you to our Event Sponsors: Arizona Council of the Blind, Associated Retina Consultants, Retinal Consultants of Arizona, First Premier Bank of South Dakota, Southwestern Eye Center, and SRP.
We also want to thank our in-kind donors for providing food and coffee for our walk. Thank you to Starbucks, Lamar's Donuts, Safeway, LA Specialty Produce, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Retinal Consultants of Arizona for donating all of the water.
Huge shout out to our South Dakota Walkers of Team Ashley who braved 28 degree weather this past Saturday to walk in solidarity with our mission of finding a cure.
To our Chapter President, Jacque Olsen, who has been with the Foundation leading the path longer than I can remember. Always here and ready to spread awareness and support VisionWalk, we thank you Jacque for being our heart and soul here in Phoenix.
And most importantly, to all of you. THANK YOU for all the emails you sent, phone calls you made, letters you wrote, people you asked, over and over again! Because of you, the Walk is a huge success! Because of you, we will keep fighting to find those cures. And because of YOU. A Cure Is In Sight!
Your FFB Team,
Donna and Katie