(T-shirt that was made for Alyssa by the children at Flagler Beach Montessori school that hung off the back of her wheelchair during the walk )
As I stated on our Facebook fan page last Saturday after the morning of our event, "We may live in a small town, but it is a great town!" 100 or so came out to join us in support of Alyssa. As we started the walk, chills ran down my arms; the realization had hit- this was really starting to happen. Seeing all these people come out to help make a difference in this little girls life, left me with such a great feeling.
There was a special table set up at the walk with creative little art works made by the children at Flagler Beach Montessori school that were being sold in behalf of Alyssa, and they wore hand painted T-shirts that read, " ♥ you Alyssa."
Overall, the event was laid back, organized, and smooth, thanks to Kerri Huckabee, Amy Sammelman, Lisa Malphurs, Sue Sisk, and all the children. We are extremely grateful for them wanting to be a part of our organization, and hosting this event.
We were so happy that Duane was able to make it to the event. He was humbled by the many fellow teachers, coaches, and students from Flagler Palm Coast high school who came out to support Alyssa. It was heart-warming to see them all there. FPC alone raised $1,000 dollars, and we are so thankful for their support.
And, someone who needs to be greatly acknowledged, and wasn't able to be there with us that day, is Ms. Jennifer Kuiper. Jennifer is a teacher at FPC, and heads up our fundraising, We don't know what we would do without her. She has gone above and beyond to make things happen. We are so glad she is on board with us!
Thanks so much Jenn!
We are very pleased with the outcome of our 1st event,the Nature Walk raised a total of $3,314.29.
Unfortunately I do not have too many photos to share with you all, my mind was a bit elsewhere.
Thank you again to everyone who came out, and everyone who couldn't be with us, but so graciously donated. We are truly grateful!
Duane and family with teachers, coaches, & students of FPC
Dale Brooke (her granddaughter), pushing her on the walk, with Karina Bell, and Flagler Beach Montessori school owner & director, Kerri Huckabee
On the walk
Alyssa posing with a few young supporters
Alyssa, Lisa Malphurs, and some of the children from Flagler Beach Montessori
Alyssa & I with some of our little friends