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Archive for the ‘Teams’ Category

Raising the Bar at Their Local Pubs

Friday, August 15th, 2014

For these teams, local bars are a successful venue for their fundraisers

Based on some of our teams, when young people want to raise funds for the Unity Walk, they often plan something they enjoy and it’s often in places where their friends will want to go—surely if you want ducks, go where the ducks are!  It often includes a drink at a local bar combined with raising money for research.  Teams Ryan’s Hope, Deen’s Day Trippers, Geli’s Piojos, and Las Nenas de Ariel did just that and were successful in raising funds for research on behalf of their loved ones.

Ever since her dad’s Parkinson’s diagnosis, Kate Harmon wanted to plan a fundraiser.  I never really knew what to do until he said, “Do something you enjoy.”  From there she created “Pints for Parkinson.”  All she did was ask her favorite bar in York, PA if they would let her host a fundraiser there and the rest is history!  It was scheduled on April 15th on the night of the tragic bombings in Boston and in spite of that, Kate didn’t let anything stop her event.  She describes it as an unforgettable night where she learned the biggest lesson from the event, “… was that people are inherently good, and we can help to change the world.”

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Like Kate Harmon, Jenny Erasmus also explained her cause to a number of bars in her neighborhood and asked if they would be willing to host an event.  As Team Captain of Deen’s Day Trippers, she wanted to plan a fundraiser at a local bar in Brooklyn, NY on behalf of her mom, Doreen, and “… as a way to get extra donations while also celebrating our team,” states Jenny.  She received so many positive responses and had to turn several bars down!  Once her venue was pinned down at Good Co., and a public Facebook event later, “Day Drinking with the Day Trippers” was born!  The word spread and Jenny was, “… absolutely thrilled with the outcome.  We had so much fun and I can’t wait to do this again next year.”

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Amy Catano of Team Geli’s Piojos and Ariel Ramos of Team Las Nenas de Ariel partnered to add another element to their bar fundraiser—karaoke!  The result of their partnership was “Karaoke for a Cure,” which turned out to be a successful fundraiser on the Upper East Side of Manhattan!  The two team captains explained that in their cultures, “…singing with your family and friends is a normal occurrence.  Why not incorporate this tradition into our fundraising efforts?  Karaoke is good for the soul!  It’s drinking, it’s family and whether you cheer someone on or have the courage to get up on stage (and maybe fall off COMPLETELY by mistake like I did)—it’s a good time.  So what better way to have some fun while raising funds?”
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If you know of similar fundraisers, please comment and let us know.

Teams Stepping It Up

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

1aWe can’t thank our supporters enough for their tireless devotion to fundraising which is leading the way towards finding a cure — especially our teams!  This is why our recent newsletter is all about them.  Check out tips from team captains for their team’s success, our announcement of this year’s Top 50 Teams, and more!

Click here for our newsletter dedicated to our teams.

Our next edition of Stepping It Up will be about walkers who are making every step count in honor of their parents and grandparents — so don’t miss our next email update, sign up for email alerts here.

 

Top Rookie Team Pledges to Walk in 2015

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Supporters made the 2014 Parkinson’s Unity Walk one of the most successful Unity Walks ever — together, we raised more than $1.6 million dollars for research funding.

Because the funds we raised this April may not fund the research that ends this disease, we must keep fighting, we must keep funding, we must keep walking!

Elizabeth Gold, team captain of Team Duke, this year’s Top Rookie Team — has pledged to continue walking in 2015 alongside thousands of others in the Parkinson’s community. Elizabeth walked for the first time in 2014 with her husband and four sons, in honor of her dad who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. As the Top Rookie Team of 2014, Team Duke will also have the honor of leading off the Unity Walk in 2015.

Like so many family members who are on this journey, Elizabeth describes feeling helpless in her fight against Parkinson’s disease — that was before her participation in the Walk. “Walking in the Unity Walk was exactly what I needed,” states Elizabeth. “It was the first time that I had seen joy and happiness completely overshadow Parkinson’s. Looking at all of the teams and walkers with their brightly colored t-shirts, hats and signs made me realize that my family and I are now part of a vibrant and hopeful community determined to find a cure,” added Team Duke’s team captain.

Like Elizabeth and Team Duke, so many of our supporters walk in honor or in memory of a parent. What better way to honor a loved one than taking the Pledge to Walk and participating in the 2015 Parkinson’s Unity Walk!?

Take a minute to pledge today participate in the 2015 Walk and be part of the unified effort to end Parkinson’s.

Also click here to get to know more about Team Duke and additional Top Teams of 2014.

PUW is a Team Sport

Friday, June 27th, 2014

puw14walksm-88“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
Phil Jackson, Former NBA Coach and President of the NY Knicks

I am the last person to make sport analogies but in this case, I couldn’t resist because the quote is so relevant to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Teams are the foundation of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. 85% of our registered walkers are part of a team and together, teams are responsible for over 90% of all funds raised by our walkers.

If the teams are the foundation, then PUW’s team captains are the experts who lead their teams in this fight against Parkinson’s disease. We’ve asked these top experts to share their secrets for success. Here they are!

Ten Tips from PUW’s Top Team Captains

So take their good advice and learn from their experience. Start planning early, stay the course, and be there as we cross the Finish line together.

Ten Tips from Top Team Captains

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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PUW’s team captains are the experts who lead their teams in this fight against Parkinson’s disease. We’ve asked these top experts to share their secrets for success. Here they are!

1. Do it! Honestly – just do it! Don’t let fear hold you back from anything. Deciding to be part of this Walk is one of the easiest and best decisions ever.
2. Start team planning and fundraising as early as possible. Get the support of your community.
3. Round up friends early in the process to sign up with you and get them involved.
4. Make it a family affair. Recruit important people in your life to participate. You’ll be glad you shared the experience with them.
5. All you need to do is ask and then ask again. Some people give and some don’t but no one minds being asked. You won’t risk your friendships by being bold.
6. Utilize all the tools on the website (e.g., personalize your personal and team donation pages, send emails from My HQ,) and stay up to date with your donations.
7. Use social media. It’s an easy way to ask friends and family for donations without asking directly. Plus you’ll reach people you don’t have email addresses for.
8. Create a fundraiser in your community. Pick something you’ll enjoy and your team is willing to help plan and organize.
9. Enjoy every bit of the experience – the Walk, the camaraderie, the information, the fundraising, and the beauty of Central Park.
10. Make the day as easy and fun as possible for your team so they will want to come back. And THANK EVERYONE (donors, walkers, and anyone who helped you out in any way).

Take their good advice and learn from their experience — Pledge to Walk in 2015, start planning early, stay the course, and be there as we cross the Finish Line together.

To learn all about fundraisers organized by teams, check out samples of team planned events.