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I am so excited to introduce Stephanie Lajam, our new Communications and Special Events Coordinator at Push to Walk.

Stephanie first interned with us in the Summer of 2009, when she was a student at The College of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies in May 2010. During Stephanie’s internship, she wrote several client bios for our website, and was involved in many of our writing and communication projects at that time. She worked very well with our staff and clients, and I was pleased to hire her part time when Push to Walk transitioned to a new fund raising software towards the end of 2010. Having her work with me and learn the ins and outs of the new software was great, and I hoped I could hire her full time when the time was right.

That opportunity came at the beginning of 2012, and she has jumped in whole heartedly to work on all of our communications and special events. From handling social media to traditional communications, and all aspects of our fund raisers, events and software, Stephanie is a hard worker and very conscientious about the quality of her work. She also exhibits great compassion for our clients and our cause, so it is a pleasure having her part of our Push to Walk team!

Please welcome her to our family!  Cynthia

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I am pleased to tell everyone that our event list is growing, with some fun, exciting happenings planned for 2012! Push to Walk is continuing the tradition of our Poker Tournament and Golf Outing, and bringing back the very successful Wine Tasting we had in 2009. Last year’s Team Push to Walk for the NJ Marathon was so successful that we are planning to participate again this year with an even larger group! A new event will be the Jack o’ Lantern Jamboree in conjunction with the Suburban Trends on Sunday, October 28 (more details coming soon!).

Thank you to all the venues, sponsors, volunteers and particpants who have helped us host successful fund raisers in the past.

We have made a conscious decision to NOT raise our client hourly fees, but instead make up the difference with private grants, fund raising and special events. We feel that people with spinal cord injuries who pay for our program (there is no insurance coverage) have enough financial challenges, and we do not want to burden them with higher hourly rates if we can make up the difference in other ways. (Even at our current rate, client fees do not cover our operating expenses; outside funds are critical to our existence.)

  1. 3rd Annual Casino Night featuring Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament – Saturday, March 31 at Route 23 AutoMall, Butler, NJ
  2. NJ Marathon and Half Marathon/Relay – Sunday, May 6 – Long Branch, NJ
  3. Wine Tasting featuring the Lou Pallo Trio – Thursday, June 14 at the Grand Chalet, Wayne, NJ
  4. 5th Annual Golf Outing – Monday, September 24 at Wild Turkey, Crystal Springs Golf Resort, McAfee, NJ
  5. Jack o’Lantern Jamboree – Sunday, October 28

We hope there’s something for everyone on this list! Please join us and spread the word. Thanks!

Cynthia

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