The 2011 MDA Muscle Walk for NY/NJ was HUGE success and I have all of YOU to thank!
This year, the walk was held at the beautiful new Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. DJ John Paterson kept the tunes going throughout the afternoon while Colin Cosell co-hosted the proceedings along with Justin Louis, the Afternoon Drive host at 92.7 WOBM, who happens to be a personal friend of mine. I've known Justin since my work as a DJ at 94.3 The Point a few years ago and he graciously donated his time to pump up the crowd for the walk. And there were a LOT of people to cheer on this year.
"The Nerdy Birds" arrived in style, as I, their team leader instructed them. This is only part of the team, who like me, think Batman is awesome. And we picked a smart theme this year as, little did I know (this is me lying) Batman would be in attendance once again! With his Batmobile!
The photo opportunities were something out of a dream. I got my very own "prom picture" with my make-believe boyfriend (which I will treasure until the end of time) but this one my dad and fellow teammate Elizabeth-Amber jumped in for. Beth was an amazing contribution to the team this year, using her own fan base to raise money towards a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.
Now, the important part. Last year we raised $142,000. This year...I'm happy to announce, we beat our goal, raising over $190,000!!! Team "The Nerdy Birds" also beat our personal goal and last year's team total, raising very close to $5,000. Thank you so, so much to everyone who contributed some of their time or money this year to help out. You have no idea how much it means to me.
And yes, they had face painting and no, I could not resist the opportunity. Who's not gonna donate next year? Send them my way...I'll teach them to donate...