On June 5, Hooverwood will host the inaugural Hoover-Walk, a one-mile, multi-generational walk on the Jewish Community Center (JCC) campus.
The walk is open to individuals of all ages, faiths, and cultures, and proceeds will benefit the Hooverwood Guild and enhance the lives of Hooverwood residents. Since both the young and the young-at-heart will be participating, the walk also has been dubbed the “walk of ages.”
“We wanted to have an event that would honor all ages,” said Sarann Klain, president of the Guild. “Everyone is welcome—babies, toddlers, preteens, parents, grandparents … we wanted a project that involved the entire community.”
The Guild started brainstorming the walk more than a year ago, about the same time Hooverwood announced its Capital Campaign and renovation plans. The Hoover-Walk offers three levels of participation. An individual can sponsor a Hooverwood resident for $18, walk for $25, or register his or her entire family for $36. He or she can also become a “Hooverwood Hero” by making a donation through the Hoover-Walk registration page.
A number of on-site activities and events also will help make the first Hoover-Walk a memorable one. A DJ will provide music and entertainment, and a face painter will bring cheer, color, and creativity. Free, healthy snacks and refreshments also will be available.
“Dogs are more than welcome to come, too,” said Klain.
Anyone who brings a stroller is encouraged to decorate it, as there will be a “best-decorated stroller” contest, as well as a “best-decorated wheelchair” contest. Families can also assist with wheelchair decorating, which will take place at 2:15 p.m., June 3, the Friday before the walk.
When asked what she thought the residents were most looking forward to, Klain mentioned the June weather and a sense of community. “I think they’re looking forward to being outside, in the fresh air, and being surrounded by their families,” she said. “This will be a true community event.”
To register for the Hoover-Walk, visit hooverwood.org, or sign up on the day of the event. The walk will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 5 at the JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis.