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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.

“Your Favorite Walk Moment” Knocks it Out of the Park!!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

PUW-Hompage_FavoriteWalkMomentsThis year, we asked our walkers to submit one photo –“Your Favorite Walk Moment” – and we were blown away by their response! We take more photos than you can imagine the day of the Walk but it is our walkers who captured the essence of the day with their cameras – team photos from large and small teams, photos of twosomes or threesomes, or of a young girl on a bench proudly carrying her team sign. What comes across is the exhilaration of the day, the love and support among our walkers and teams, their determination, and the pride they experience in taking action to find the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Not only did a large number of our walkers send in their photos but the slideshow has grabbed their attention!

For another perspective on Walk day, click here to view the PUW slideshow.

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. Please keep sharing the experience of the Walk with your supporters and potential donors.

Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

Calling All Team T-shirts!

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
2013 PUW Memory Quilt

2013 PUW Memory Quilt

Many of our teams proudly wear their team t-shirts at the Walk, displaying their bright colors, clever team names and creative designs. Do you see your 2013 team t-shirt in the photo?

Did you know that the top 50 team captains will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a PUW memory quilt made up of approximately 50 team t-shirts from the 2014 Unity Walk? Whether or not you win, we hope you’ll be part of this prize by bringing your team t-shirt shirt with you on Walk day and dropping it off with the volunteer at the Team Photo booth. Can’t make it to the Walk or forgot to bring it with you the day of the Walk? No problem. You can mail it to the Unity Walk office at PO Box 275, Kingston, NJ 08528. The Unity Walk reserves the right to select which t-shirts to include in the quilt.

We received a treasure trove of team t-shirts last year and hope to have the same experience this April.  Having your team t-shirt be a part of this quilt symbolizes the important part you play in the Unitiy Walk. We couldn’t have the Walk – or create this quilt without you!

Thanks,
Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

A Message From Tricia Cole, Team Captain of the 2013 PUW Top Rookie Team

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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I discovered the Unity Walk in 2012 when looking for a way to get involved in spreading awareness and fundraising for Parkinson’s research. Immediately I knew it was an event that I would love to participate in and I registered for the first time. I soon found, however, that actually reaching out to my friends, family, and coworkers to explain why this cause means so much to me was personal and harder to articulate than I expected. In 2012, I registered alone and didn’t raise any money. As soon as the event was over, I saw all of the pictures online and promised myself I would take the plunge the following year.

In 2013 I signed up again but this time I created a team. I was determined to tell my friends about the Walk and raise $5,000, which I felt was a lofty goal especially considering I had raised $0 the year before. I started by sending one email to my closest friends and another to my family. I felt very empowered by their responses. Some friends donated, some registered to walk, some did both, and some even started fundraising on their own for my team. Before I knew it, I was using the Team Captain Fundraising Guide, and the Social Media fundraising tools on the Unity Walk site to share our progress with all of my friends on Facebook/Twitter. I even mentioned the Walk at work and a colleague who I had never known was very invested in the cause wanted to participate and sent my team link around to a few of her friends.

A couple of weeks before the Walk when I realized that my family was flying up from Florida, we had over 30 walkers, we had raised almost $15,000… I figured that we should make it official with a team shirt. Key word being we, plural. I was completely humbled and overwhelmed by how many people were not only willing but eager to help, support, and contribute to our team. With all that support, we achieved the distinction of being the top Rookie team and will have the honor of leading off this year’s Walk. Here comes 2014 and our goal is to raise even more this year to support Parkinson’s disease research.

One of the new teams will be the top Rookie team for 2014 and will get to lead off the 2015 Walk. You never know – it might be you! I wish all team captains, especially the new ones, every success with your fundraising efforts.

Tricia Cole
Team Captain, Team Cole