Thinking of all WAT coordinators today as we had many walks this morning! I know some are to follow in the next few weeks (month?) ahead.
How did everyone do?
The San Diego WAT was AMAZING! We had gorgeous weather, beautiful scenery, great music by a professional d.j. who donated his time (excellent song selections, Alicia), a motion photographer who donated his time and I'm sure caught all the moments we will want to remember, and hard working, compassionate, energetic walkers and volunteers. Everything went as we had hoped. :)
I arrived at 6:45am, which I thought was a few minutes early, to find the rest of the WAT planning committee (Becky, Carin, Paula, Alicia) and their husbands already there, wide-eyed, and ready to go! We had so much help from volunteers that set up, take down...the entire morning went smoothly. Somehow, between my car, Alicia's, and Becky's, we managed to get 8 dozen donated blue and white helium-filled balloons to the walk site.
We had 65 walkers pre-registered and another 11 adults plus one child walked up and registered this morning, so I think we had a total of 77 walkers. In addition to sponsor materials in the bags walkers received (thank you, Julie Feller, for sharing the blue bags), and the t-shirts, walkers enjoyed tasty energy bars from Luna/Cliff Bar and a huge water bottle donated from Glaceau ("Smart Water").
As walkers set off on the walk, they read many "thank you" signs and informational signs with statistics about preeclampsia posted along the route. Becky's father and Paula worked hard getting those signs made, and it really made a difference. As walkers returned from the walk, they were met with more donated waters, donated organic bananas, and beautiful donated flowers; each one individually wrapped and in it's own water source, with a Mother's Day message hand printed on the back of each card attached to each flower.
We accepted donations for the blue Preeclampsia Foundation bands, we had a photographer volunteer his time to take pictures of families and groups of walkers for a nominal donation and all proceeds went towards our WAT total, and the San Diego Chargers sent us a new football jersey (with tags) yesterday that I decided to have a "jersey goes to the highest donation offer by 11:00am" non-silent auction; we collected $75 from that.
All in all...sponsor money, donations, registration fees, with everything...we surpassed the $5,000 mark that we'll be able to send to the Preeclampsia Foundation. Carin alone received pledges for $1,000 of that!
A huge "thank you" to everyone who helped make San Diego's walk a memorable one!