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Inaugural ‘Snowman Shuffle Walk’ ready to step off

January 14, 2012
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

People are urged to put on their walking shoes next weekend and help raise funds for a good cause at the inaugural Snowman Shuffle Walk.

The one-mile fun walk, hosted by the Guardian Angels, will take place at 9 a.m. Jan 21 at Sun Splash Family Waterpark. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The walk will benefit Cape Coral's Special Populations program.

"It is a fun walk, and we want it to be that way," Vince Marcucci, the president of the Guardian Angels and a recreation specialist, said.

The walk is free, but donations will be accepted.

"Our hope was the walkers will get pledges and raise money," he said.

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Get organized:

* Complete and return your registeration and release form.

* Gather supporters, family and friends, people who you know in the community to sponsor pledges and/or join your team.

* Set your goals - what is your fund-raising goal? Determine if you are going to walk to full route or the shortened route. Set your goal according to your abilities.

* Get the word out - call everyone your know, send e-mails, set up an event or your Facebook page.

Recruit team members:

* Ask everyone you know to join your team.

* Make sure you and your team are registered. Complete a team registeration form and submit with all individual registeration and release forms.

Raise money:

* Encourage everyone on your team to set a fund-raising goal.

* Completed the pledge form to collect donations. Record sponsor information and payments.

Get ready to walk

* Dress appropriately for the weather.

* Comfortable shoes are a must.

* Turn in your pledge form and money collected at the registeration table.

* Have fun!

- Source: City of Cape Coral

As of Thursday, about 60 people had signed up to walk. Walkers who raise $20 or more in pledges will receive a free event T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Marcucci said a prize will be awarded to the individual and to the team that raises the most money. The individual prize is an electronic tablet, while the winning team will get a free lunch for up to 10 people at a local restaurant.

Pledge forms can be found on the city's website at: .

"It's a good fund-raiser," Marcucci said, nothing that anyone can participate. "It's something that we can grow into."

A local Zumba instructor will warm up the crowd before the walk. Afterward, a free continental breakfast of bagels, juice, fruit and more will be available.

"It's be a quick morning activity," he said. "It can involve so many people."

The route will start out at Sun Splash, head past the Wm. "Bill" Austen Youth Center on to Santa Barbara Boulevard, and then back to the water park.

The Guardian Angels are hoping to raise $500 to $1,000 for the program.

Special Populations offers an adult day program and evening socials for people with developmental disabilities in the Cape and throughout Lee County. Subsidized through the city, its budget is supplemented with fund raisers.

According to Marcucci, about 105 people currently participate in the day program, while approximately 180 take part in the evening social activities.

"When the community gets involved and sees what we do, they know what a gem of a program this really is," he said.

For more information, contact Special Populations at 574-0574.



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