8th Annual Philadelphia VisionWalk

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:45AM to Noon
Location: Independence National Historical Park Philadelphia, PA
Walk Chairs: Kathy Fenstermacher and Jeffrey Gazzara
Chapter Presidents: Barbara Moffatt and Marie Raquet
Medical Chair: Sunir Garg, MD, FACS

Youth Chairs: Megan Marsh and Markie DeVoe
Lehigh Valley Community Chairs: Kathy Fenstermacher and Lori Marsh
***If you are in the Lehigh Valley Area and have any questions for Kathy and Lori, they can be reached at gkfenstermacher@verizon.net and LoriMarshFFB@gmail.com

Philadelphia VisionWalk 2013

Thank You to the 20 teams that participated in our GE Lighting Challenge!!  You raised $63,000 in just two weeks for the Walk!!! 
Congratulations to our GE Lighting Challenge Winners!
The Top 10 Teams that are Lighting the Way:

The Guide Dogs

Team Block

The Shooting Stargardts

Gavin's Gang

Vision Warriors

Forbidden Drivers

Blind Melon

Retina Renegades

Eye Believe

Team Megan

Each of these teams will receive a $500 gift to put toward their team fundraising, courtesy of GE Lighting! Our teams did a fantastic job raising
funds and awareness over these two weeks! Congratulations!!!

Let's keep up the incredible momentum through December 31st to see how much we can raise for critical retinal research projects!

Important Walk Information:

For directions to the park, please click here.


There is parking underneath the Park in the Independence Visitor Parking Center, entrance is on 5th Street between Market and Arch.  If you have an oversized vehicle, other parking options are available, please click here to view.

Walk Route:

For the walk route, please click here. The route is through the streets of Philadelphia, if you have a wheelchair or stroller, it is safer to stay on park property and walk the perimeter of the park.

Due to our event size, only Guide Dogs are allowed on park property during the walk.


All participants, please check in at the Registration tables inside the Independence Visitor Center, even if you have pre-registered on the website. 
For day of event site map to locate registration and bathrooms, please click here. There will be signage and volunteers throughout the park to help you get to where you need to be.

If you have not already sent in your money, please convert all cash into checks payable to Foundation fighting Blindness  and bring everything with you to the walk.


Every registered participant who raises $100 or more will receive an official VisionWalk T-Shirt. We will have shirts available in sizes small through 2XL. The shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for sizes. Please stop by the T-Shirt Tent early in the day to get your choice of size! 

Sponsor and Community Booths:

Mid-Atlantic Retina, Scheie, Alcon, GE Lighting and the Free Library of Philadelphia will have tables inside the Visitor Center near registration with take away information and goodies! 

**** We will provide white bags for everyone to collect their items as the park does not allow any giveaways with logos from sponsors on actual walk property.  Please do not use any giveaways the day of the walk!


VisionWalk is a family friendly event. We will have various activities for children of all ages, including face painting, a balloon artist, a bounce house, pumpkin decorating and HALLOWEEN candy!  Mario the Drexel Dragon will also be swinging by to say Hi and take photos with everyone, make sure to have your camera ready! 

Please bring your entire family to join in on the fun and excitement - including our Team Spirit Contest!
  You can show your team spirit with matching team t-shirts, team hats or team banners, just to name a few ideas.  We encourage everyone to participate in the contest and be sure to cheer for your team!  

We will also have plenty of snacks and refreshments - including a post-Walk lunch!

Team Tents:

We are allowed to have small team tents at this location, please note the tents can not be staked to the ground and do damage in any way, they must be weighted down.  Please refer to the location map for where your tents can be set up.

****If you are doing a team tent and I have not already heard from you, please let me know by October 9th.

Rain Plan:

The Walk is a rain or shine event. The forecast is looking a bit wet, so bring your ponchos, hats and rain shoes!

Have You Collected Checks?
Enter your checks here and then send them in to our office to watch your thermometer climb!

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Attn: Philadelphia VisionWalk
80 Broad Street
Suite 3301
New York, NY 10004

Become a VisionWalk All Star
Every individual who raises $1,000 or more for VisionWalk will be inducted into the All Stars Club and will receive a commemorative All Star pin on the day of the Walk.

A round of applause for our All Stars:

*Cindy Lou Altman of Blind Bikers

*Ed and Pam Babin of The Guide Dogs

*Sharon Block of Team Block

*Sara Cohen of Blind Melon

*Charles Fenstermacher of Vision Warriors

*Glen Fenstermacher of Vision Warriors

*Kathy Fenstermacher of Vision Warriors

*Jeffrey Gazzara of Eye Candy

*Rebecca Guy of Kellen's Crew

*Frances Krouse of The Shooting Stargardts

*Megan Marsh of Team Megan

*Elizabeth McCracken of Blind Melon

*Tammy McCracken of Blind Melon

*Mayda Melendez of Isma's Miracle

*Lauren Miller of the Retina Renegades

*Barbara Moffatt of Forbidden Drivers

*Michelle Oberst of Sea the World

*Heather Napolitano of Eye Love Stem Cells

*Dominick Napalitano of Eye Love Stem Cells

*Marie Raquet of The Shooting Stargardts

*Stephen Repsher of Nittany

*Chris Steinmeier of Sight for Sore Eyes

*Lora Swatko of Eye Believe

Fundraising Ideas and Tips!

We are your resource to finding new fundraising tips, figuring out how to get started, get help with telling your story and spreading the word around your community! 

Why support FFB?  This will be one of the most asked questions you receive, we have so many answers for you to provide!

Spread the word, hang up our flier!!!

Want to get local community businesses involved?  A great way to do this is through our POPeyes campaign. Learn more about the program.

What is better than supporting FFB while you shop? 
Raise funds for your FAVORITE charity by going to smile.amazon.com every time you shop on Amazon, designate us as your charity and every time you make a purchase, we receive .5% of the sales!

FUNdrasing Around Town!

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For more information or to register for the Walk, please contact:

Jenn Pugliese
212-244-1470  Square Bullet Point  JPugliese@FightBlindness.org


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

A BIG Thank You to our sponsors who help us reach our goals each and every year!!!!!


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