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Hoppin' to Stomp out Parkinson's Disease


For years I was in awe as I watched and supported my dear friend, Gayle Maloney as she channeled a hard diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) into such a wonderful fight and cause. After being diagnosed with PD myself in November 2016, I joined Gayle in her fundraising efforts with Team Nashville. Since it was my first year fundraising and it was so soon after my diagnosis, I decided to simply share my story and the opportunity to give with loved ones. As the post spread I was overwhelmed with the generosity and support of so many friends, neighbors, and family. My original fundraising goal was quickly exceeded thanks to their immense love and care. I was shocked and humbled. The 2017 Unity Walk took on new meaning with the overwhelming support from loved ones and a newfound community at the Unity Walk.

Leaving New York last April, I knew I wanted to do even more to raise money for this outstanding cause. Knowing my own friend’s and family’s love of breweries, I thought, “What better way to raise money than with good people, good beer, and a whole lot of fun?” And so, Hoppin’ to Stomp out Parkinson’s Disease was born. Our hope was that the event would be a night of community and entertainment as we invited others to partner with us in stomping out PD.

As we began planning, I was joined by another family in the community touched by PD. The Williams family partnered with us to make the event as successful as possible, securing a generous sponsorship through KW Beverage. With the help of the Williams family, KW, and countless friends we were able to put on an event that exceeded all expectations!

Our fundraiser took place at Brewery 85, a local brewery who generously shared their space, gave 10% of their sales, and went above and beyond to make the event possible. We were also joined by a local food truck, The Chuck Truck, who sold delicious burgers and also shared 10% of their sales. Our entertainment for the night was provided by Dan Watson, a local musician who shared his musical talents for free.
 
A fabulous team of friends and family served as my support, planning team, and sounding board throughout the process. They collected auction items, made decorations, set-up tables, and kept me sane throughout the entire process. I could not have done any of this without their endless encouragement and help!

The central piece of the event was our Silent Auction and Raffle. We had 36 Raffle items and 60 Silent Auction items all generously donated by local businesses and friends. As people drank and ate, they browsed the items, bought raffle tickets, and made bids on the wide variety of pieces available. It was a packed house the night of the event, with friends and family coming from near and far to show their support! I was blown away by the outstanding response and honored by their commitment to the cause.

In the end, we raised $12,000! A big thanks to everyone who came out, donated items, shared of their time and energy to make it happen, and partnered with us in making our first Hoppin’ to Stomp out Parkinson’s Disease a HUGE success!

Debbie Meggs,
Team Member, Team Nashville