By Randi Corey, National Director of Special Events
As the year winds down Hydrocephalus Association would like to recognize those volunteers who conduct fundraising events for HA throughout the year. These volunteers initiate the event, plan and organize it, market it and implement it – and all in support of HA’s mission! These special events and the volunteers running them are an integral part of HA’s annual fundraising program and we very much appreciate all they do on our behalf.
This year, HA Special Events raised more than $153,000 for HA’s mission: to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus! They ranged from six-figure, multi-year events to smaller first year initiatives. Special thanks to this year’s special events volunteer coordinators for all of their efforts on HA’s behalf:
|Team Hydro-Alcatraz Sharkfest||San Francisco, CA||Peter and Sam Finlayson|
|Motor Cross for Children||Across U.S.||Paul Gross|
|Extreme Athletes for HA*||Across U.S.||30 athletes across the country|
|DUH (Auto Show) & Go Kart Event||Denver, CO||Aaron and Erin Davis|
|Multiple High School Fundraisers||Lehigh Acres, FL||Jason Plucker|
|St. Lothar Golf Tournament||Pottstown, PA||Eric and Sara Zelesky|
|Concert by Jake Hill and Deep Creek||Dillsburg, PA||Pam and Mark Meabon|
|Clarksville Motorcycle Ride||Clarksville, TN||Robert Taylor and Dyana Patrick|
|Great Pumpkin 5-K||Tucson, AZ||Thomas Tronsdal|
* Extreme Athletes for HA are individual marathon participants who use their marathon participation as a fundraising vehicle for HA.
Thank you to all of HA’s dedicated volunteers who made the above events possible! Your commitment and support in raising funds to fight hydrocephalus as well as increasing awareness of this chronic condition affecting over one million Americans is very much appreciated.
A very special thank you to Peter and Sam Finlayson, who coordinate Team Hydro’s participation in the Alcatraz Sharkfest – an open water swim from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco bay. Team Hydro started in 2008 with just four swimmers raising $10,000. Now over 65 participants are raising more than $114,000 dedicated to hydrocephalus research in memory of their sister, Kate, who lost her battle with hydrocephalus in November of 2010. HA very much appreciates Sam and Peter’s support of its vital research portfolio.
Next year’s Special Events calendar is already starting to fill up with everything from beauty pageants to dinner/auctions. If you are interested in planning, organizing and conducting a special event to benefit HA in 2012 please contact HA’s WALK Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to speak with you re: all of the “how tos.” Here’s hoping that HA’s 2012 Special Events results are even bigger and better!