This month, we’ve witnessed some terrific moments at the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, which unites the community, raises awareness, and raises critical funds that help make FARE’s mission a reality.
In Westchester, NY, which has raised about $1.3 million since its first walk in 2010, the FARE Vision Award for Outstanding Fundraising Achievement was presented to volunteers Stephanie Hirschberg and Bonnie Weinbach on Oct. 10. The FARE Vision Awards were first announced at the 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference in Long Beach, Calif. We were thrilled to be able to give these dedicated volunteers and food allergy advocates this special award during a beautiful day, surrounded by a crowd of nearly 1,000 enthusiastic walkers.
And this past weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., we gathered at the FARE Walk for Food Allergy and celebrated Becky Basalone, the mother who inspired the Teal Pumpkin Project™ movement. Becky is this year’s recipient of the FARE Vision Award for Outstanding Community Citizen. In 2013, Becky, co-leader of the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee, encouraged local community members to paint their pumpkins teal to indicate they had non-food treats available for trick-or-treaters. In 2014, FARE launched the Teal Pumpkin Project™ on a national level with support from Becky and FACET, and the rest is history!
Our heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to Stephanie, Bonnie and Becky for their tireless dedication to the cause.
Over the last two weekends, FARE also held walks in Jacksonville (FL), Sacramento (CA), Lakewood (NJ), Los Angeles (CA), Bay Area (CA), Southeast Michigan, Cincinnati (OH), Albany (NY) and the Philadelphia area. In Michigan, FARE CEO Dr. James R. Baker, Jr. addressed the crowd and walked with members of the local food allergy community. These walks raised more than half a million dollars for food allergy research, education and advocacy programs on behalf of the 15 million Americans living with food allergies!
What this event meant for me: Our daughter got to feel part of a group today, not the odd one out. She raised her hand as a person with food allergies, amidst an event filled with hundreds of others or supporting those with allergies. — Elizabeth M., Sacramento
This weekend, we hope we will see you in Kansas City (MO), Long Island (NY), Orlando (FL), Ridgewood (NJ) and San Antonio (TX) for another round of great FARE Walk for Food Allergy events. And coming up on Halloween weekend, we will host five more walks: Birmingham (AL), Charlotte (NC), Dallas (TX), Houston (TX) and Orange County (CA). The FARE Walk for Food Allergy events in Houston, Dallas and Charlotte on Oct. 31 are celebrating a decade of wonderful walk events!
Registering and fundraising for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy is simple – and FARE staff is available to help you with the success of your team. We still have a number of fun, family-friendly walks left this year. Register today!