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KitteryTeam Mopsy Walk

How my idea was developed:
For the past five years, my mother’s church has done a local walk to collect money to donate to Parkinson’s Unity Walk. This year was the first year that my mother was not able to travel to the Walk in New York City, so we brought this event to a wider community to support her and fundraise.

What went into planning my event’s logistics:
I worked with the church to set the date and enlisted the help of the minister, who made weekly announcements about our event.

How I promoted my event:
Through word-of-mouth and personal emailed invitations.

Activities at my event:
Walkers met to greet and assemble at the entrance of Fort Foster Park for a leisurely group walk to the end of the pier, culminating in a beautiful view of the ocean.

How I raised funds:
Donations were solicited in advance and checks were collected at the event.

My event raised:
We raised over $2,000.

Lessons I learned that I would like to pass along to others:
Find and talk with the people closest to you – your friends and family – and reach out to them.  Ask them to join you for an event and perhaps make it a regular event. Think about adding people who may care most about the issue or may want to show support personally.

Team Leaders:
Rev. Brian Gruhn, the minister of The First Congregational Church of Kittery Point, who was instrumental in spreading the word each week during service and for showing support for my Mom throughout his sermon on Sunday, May 5th, before the walk kicked off; The Women's Fellowship of the church, which has generously supported Team Mopsy year after year as one of its charities to support; and of course my mom, Martha Kowal. She is a tremendous inspiration to so many people.

Katharine A. Crawford, Team Mopsy

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