January 17th, 2017 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
December was the season for holidays but now that they have passed, ‘tis the season to start thinking about the Parkinson’s Unity Walk and planning your fundraisers. Some of our walkers have created a winning formula with their annual fundraising events. Volley for the Cure at the Hartford School in Mount Laurel, NJ, now in its 6th year, in support of Debbie Flamini, team captain of Debbie’s Dream, is just one example.
Some fundraisers become annual events and are responsible for their team’s fundraising for the year. Examples of these events include Moon & Stars’ Annual Pasta Dinner in Youngstown, Ohio, now in its 5th year; PK Hope is Alive’s Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee now in its 6th year; and Team DominACHIN’s Annual Washer’s Tournament in Rhode Island, now in its 7th year. These annual events have raised between $15,000-$30,000 each year.
Not everything needs to become an annual tradition and your team can change it up by creating a new event each time. Whether your event raises hundreds of dollars or thousands, every dollar counts! The possibilities are limitless! Successful fundraisers have included Putt for Parkinson’s, Pizza for Parkinson’s, Paint for Parkinson’s (they don’t have to start with the letter “P” but the alliteration does get your attention) as well as local walks, concerts, bar crawls and shopping nights. You don’t need to do this alone! Talk to your team members. Together, brainstorm to come up with your own “winning formula.” Check out the Parkinson’s CHAMP in Action and the “Your Fundraising Events” on the PUW website to get inspired.
Want to discuss fundraising ideas or talk through the logistics of creating a fundraiser? We’re just a phone call away. Feel free to call at 866-789-9255.
December 31st, 2016 by Parkinson's Unity Walk Team
Wishing You All the Best in 2017!
November 21st, 2016 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
Here at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on all the things we are grateful for – and there are many.
- We are grateful to our walkers who raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funds for research each year. They are a committed and resilient group of individuals who meet life’s challenges with grace and humor.
- We are grateful to our donors, many of whom have a personal connection to this important cause. We know how much it means to our walkers to have their support.
- We are grateful to our sponsors. It is their continued and generous support that allows 100% of donations to fund research.
- We are grateful to the Parkinson’s foundations that participate in the Unity Walk. They provide information and resources to the PD community and lead the way on the research funded with donations to the Walk.
- We are grateful to the researchers who use the funds raised at the Walk to move us closer to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease. Until that day comes, they continue to develop therapies that improve the quality of life of those living with PD.
- We are grateful to our volunteers, many of whom have been with the Walk for many years. The Walk would not be the same without their support.
- We are grateful for the sense of community that is created when thousands of people gather, all committed to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
- We are grateful for the relationships we’ve made through the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. They enrich our lives every day.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful and satisfying Thanksgiving holiday!
November 11th, 2016 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
There’s the old adage – “Charity begins at home” – but for some of our walkers, it might be updated to “Charity begins at work.” In March, 2017, we posted a write up on our blog about HomeServe’s charity pitch. Employees were encouraged to present a charity that is near and dear to them and their families, to a panel of their peers and company leadership. A company-wide vote was then taken to select the top three charities. The Parkinson’s Unity Walk was one of three charities selected from sixteen submissions. HomeServe matched every donation dollar for dollar and donated an additional $1,000 to each organization in the contest. In total, their team raised almost $15,000!
HomeServe’s commitment to community service was recognized recently by the Connecticut Better Business Bureau. The awarded HomeServe with the 2016 Marketplace Excellence Award in the Community Care category. We congratulate HomeServe on this well-deserved acknowledgement from the local business community!
Many companies encourage their employees to give back to their community by getting involved in organizations that are meaningful to them. How they refer to this function may vary company to company but the intent is the same. It may be as simple as speaking to one of the Human Resource representatives in your company to ask if they have a program to promote employee engagement. Please consider reaching out to someone at your place of business to find out how this is accomplished in your company.