Earlier this summer, Hooverwood hosted its inaugural Hoover-Walk, a one-mile, multi-generational walk that raised $25,300.
The Hoover-Walk welcomed individuals of all ages, faiths, and cultures, and took place on the Jewish Community Center campus. Title sponsors included the Larman Family and Helaine Borinstein Simon, and proceeds from the event benefit the Hooverwood Guild and enhance the lives of Hooverwood residents.
The Guild—which assists with special programs at Hooverwood and provides furniture, wheelchairs, and other gifts—started brainstorming the Hoover-Walk more than a year ago, about the same time Hooverwood announced its Capital Campaign and renovation plans.
“We wanted to host the Hoover-Walk to increase awareness of Hooverwood and the Hooverwood Guild,” said Lynn Davis, administrative assistant for the Guild.
Guild president Sarann Klain had similar thoughts. In a previous post about the Hoover-Walk, Klain said the Guild wanted a project that involved the entire community.
“We wanted an event that would honor all ages,” she said.
More than 150 individuals attended the Hoover-Walk, including Hooverwood residents and their friends and families, Hooverwood staff members, Hooverwood Guild members, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization members, and community members. Because both the young and the young-at-heart participated, the walk was also dubbed the “walk of ages.”
Blue and yellow balloons marked the start of the walk, which featured on-site activities such as face painting. A student DJ provided music and entertainment, and each Hoover-Walk participant received a yellow water bottle emblazoned with the event logo. Family members and Hooverwood staff decorated residents’ wheelchairs with balloons, tissue paper, and ribbons, and many staff members also wore T-shirts honoring National Nursing Home Week. Following the walk, volunteers served breakfast, and residents enjoyed the summer weather in the company of loved ones.
“I think residents most enjoyed being outside with friends and family,” said Davis. “We received very positive comments, and we hope to do the walk again next year.”