November 8, 2022

Walking With Purpose: We walk as a community for students

Wow! October came and went in the blink of an eye. As we conclude our second year of the Walking With Purpose challenge, we want thank everybody for participating.

Those of you who joined us demonstrated that difficult challenges can be overcome when the community works together for a purpose. That is real power! We are touched by the kindness, generosity, and advocacy of so many.

We set a goal to walk 12,000 miles, which is symbolic of the 12,000 students who may benefit from the work we do in 22 Kalamazoo schools. Thirty team captains stepped up to the challenge and went the extra mile to make Walking With Purpose fun and meaningful for their team members. Over 200 individuals worked together to walk and pledge over 12,000 miles.

Thank you to our team captains!

1000 Miles – Mariana Kondon

1941 Walking Warriors – Bethany Balash

3800 Trailblazers – Tyler Orr

Board Walk – Susan Einspahr

Booking It – Kate McNeill

CSM Group – Katrina Reed

Dalanna and Friends!! – Dalanna Robbson

El Soliols – Perla Medina

Emerging Leaders for CIS – Moira Gilligan-Ide

Fifth Third Bank Walk-a-thon – Laura Bliss

Gazelle Sports – Forrest Buffenbarger

Girls on the Run – Karen Allen

Kazoo Kids 22 – James Devers

Kzoo Zetas – Brittnei Averhart

Linden Grove Wildcats – Angelina Degasperis

My Sole Called Life – Lindsey Hemmerlein

Northeastern Eagles – Dana Flynn

Radisson ESS – Olivia Garner

Sparty Squad Molly Kinnison

Strolling For Students – Kim Nemire

Sunny Skies – Felicia Lemons

Team CWS – Savannah Stuart

Team Walk and Talk – Sara Ware

The Perpetuity Penguins – Jake Waggoner

Tipsy Trekkers – Pam Dalitz

Too Inspired To Be Tired – Jenna Cooperrider

Trillium HR – Jackie Finnerty

Walk with Heart – Melanie Bryce and Kathleen Matyas-Orr

Welsh Winners – Alisha Kuch

Woodward Wolves – Heather Gatton

The teams also engaged their networks in supporting Walking With Purpose by inviting friends and family to support their miles with donations, raising nearly $30,000! Overall, Walking With Purpose raised over $37,500! And, donations are still coming in! We will keep the donation link active through the end of the year. If you would like to donate to Walking With Purpose, please do so here:

Please join us in thanking our sponsors!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Ascension Borgess for joining us in a second year of Walking With Purpose. Special thank you to our supporting sponsors: CWS Financial Advisors, FEMA Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, and OnStaff Group. Thank you all for believing in us, believing in the potential of students, and for stepping forward.

Thank you to our planning committee!

Leading up to this year’s kick off, we met with a group of individuals who helped guide us in planning. We thank you for your time, energy, and great feedback to help keep this year’s initiative fun and exciting.

Laura Bliss

Jenna Cooperrider

Pam Dalitz

Susan Einspahr

Heather Gatton

Tracie Hall

Felicia Lemons

Molly Kinnison

Laurin Mathis

Kim Nemire

Sara Ware

Please enjoy some photos from this year’s participants!