Charity event for juvenile diabetes foundation set for Sept. 21
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Grandby Furnaces employees (from left) Gloria McPhee, Sue McCarthy, January Brown and Gail Durant are among those collecting pledges for the second annual Michael and Croyden 'Boo' Wood Memorial Walk in Parrsboro on Sept. 21.
PARRSBORO – Organizers of last year’s Michael & Croyden “Boo” Wood Memorial walk had no idea what to expect, and were thrilled to raise more than $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.) This year, they are hoping the second annual event will be as successful.
The walk, which will take place in Parrsboro on Sept. 21, is in memory of the brothers, who lost their lives in tragic drowning accidents in January of 2012.
“We’re hoping the same people will come, and then more, because of word of mouth,” said January Brown, one of the organizers at Granby Furnaces, where Michael was employed. “There are people maybe that didn’t know about it last year and then heard about it, who might want to join.”
Michael had encouraged people to donate to the JDRF, as his son Grant is a juvenile diabetic.
Last year’s inaugural walk drew many participants, who were then soaked by that day’s heavy downpour of rain. A sunny day is on the wish list for this year, but a backup plan is in place for the post-walk reception, which will be moved from the bandstand to the fire hall in the event of rain.
This year’s walk will not include a silent auction, which was replaced by other fundraising efforts during the past year, according to Brown.
“It’s hard to go around and ask people to donate (to the silent auction), so we added in some other fundraisers and that made a difference,” she said. “It’s a lot of extra work, and we don’t want to be greedy because there are a lot of causes that people donate to.”
New to the fundraising efforts this year were a successful dance in Five Islands and a ticket raffle on a summer basket, which brought in more than $900. Also returning was the popular car wash, a bake sale and barbecue during Old Fashioned Saturday Night, and an additional barbecue at Harrison’s Home Hardware.
With pledge sheets for the walk now available at Ken’s Grocery, Wright’s Pharmasave, and at the Granby plant, Brown said they are hopeful to top last year’s total.
“I haven’t checked to see how many pledge sheets have been signed out, but I did a Facebook invite and there’s more than 400 on there now, so it’s not that people don’t know about it,” she said.
Prizes will be handed out at the post-walk barbecue, including one for the top student fundraiser.