Walk Season Has Ended
By Kim Behan
Now that the BGR 2017 Walk Season has come to an end, we want to thank all those who helped us as we put on the Walks to Feed the Hungry, which serve such a critical function in our fundraising and outreach effort.
Fundraising Walks were held in 13 cities and our Walk Coordinators this year are: Maureen Bodenbach (Milford MI), Casey Chainee (San Jose CA), Khenmo Drolma (Portland ME), Geoff Hunt (Surrey UK), Leonora Kham (St. Louis MO), Christopher Konczyk (Portland OR), Queenie Lee (Philadelphia PA), Carla Prater (Seattle WA), Sharon Sasaki (San Diego CA), Corina Stoicescu (San Francisco CA), Jessica Stoner (Houston TX), Sylvie Sun, Wing Tse and Regina Valdez (New York NY), and Alison Zhou (Willington CT). In addition, a Solidarity Walk was held in Nagpur India, coordinated by Ayya Yeshe of our partner organization Bodhicitta Foundation.
In addition to the Walk Coordinators and their local teams, many team members worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the 2017 Walk season a success. Special thanks go to the:
IT team (George Clapp, Mary Helen Fein, Johnny and Sandy Wong, Eugene Lubarsky and Janaka Wickramasinghe) which helped get our BGR website, FirstGiving and Hopsie pages up and running, in addition to maintaining the Contact and Donations database.
Communications team with our talented writers Jen Russ, Tricia Brick and Carla Prater who provided content for our communications, and Val Clark, the graphic designer behind the "look" of our fundraising pages and appeal, with contributions from Eduardo Barrios.
Social Media team (David Liu and Victoria Schmitt) provided Facebook updates for the walks, while Jessie Benjamin and Mark Adorney assisted in getting the reports and photos in Dropbox and Flickr for future reference.
Finances team (Tom Spies, David Braughton, Johnny and Sandy Wong, Kathleen Minder and Connie Zhai), who maintained the financial records and provided donations acknowledgement.
Organizational team (Sherry Horowitz keeps our Board minutes, and Deena Scherer organizes our annual meeting).
Staff team (Tom Spies, Kim Behan and Carla Prater) whose support was central to organizing the work and keeping all the moving parts focused toward the goal.
BGR Board and the Fundraising (Sylvie Sun), Projects (Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi, Patti Price, David Braughton, Chot Elliott, and Kim Behan), and Volunteers (Michael Roehm) Committees for their contributions.
We are also deeply grateful to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi for his presence at the Willington, New York, and Houston Walks this year, and for his precious and indefatigable teaching and guidance on the path of Dhamma and service.
Finally, we offer special thanks to all the walkers, donors, volunteers and supporters at the individual walks.
With best wishes for a happy holiday season for all of you!
Kim Behan is Director of Programs at Buddhist Global Relief