2016 Walk For Wishes 5K walk/Run – Feb 27, 2016


7:30 am - 11:00 am


Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers , Florida

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The 6th Annual Walk For Wishes® 5K Walk/Run, to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Recreation Field located at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers.

Rick and Barb Gallo, chairs of the 2014 and 2015 Walk/Run, are honored to be the chairs again this year serving alongside this year’s Honorary Chair Greg Poss, Florida Everblades’ Head Coach. The chairs encourage the community to help them reach this year’s goal of raising enough money to grant 18 local wishes.

The hope is to have hundreds of people participate and raise money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wishes enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Proceeds from the event will help ensure that every medically-eligible child receives a wish which offers a much-needed retreat from doctors and hospitals, helping them focus on just being a kid again.

The fundraiser is a certified timed 5K Walk/Run with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and walk/run beginning at 8:30. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event to help make wishes come true.

Pre-registration fees for the Walk for Wishes are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 13 years of age and younger.  Event-day registration fees are $30 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children 13 and younger.

Following the Walk/Run, participants are invited to enjoy a special ‘Family Fun Day’ which includes food, face painting, a rock climbing wall, games, exhibits and more. This portion of the day will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Making the day possible are sponsors: Trusted Choice, Naples Concrete and Masonry, GL Homes, Scott Craven, Seminole Casino, Jackson Pools, and Pelican Landing Dental. Additional corporate and individual sponsorships are still available, ranging from $500 to $10,000. Contact Taylor Marini at 239-992-9474 X23 or tmarini@sflawish.org for additional information.

Registration for the 5K Walk/Run is available online at www.walkforwishes.net for individuals or to register a team.  A team consists of a minimum of four people; each team member must register online and pay entry fee prior to the event. Team members receive a t-shirt if registered by February 2, 2016. Any team that raises $2,500 or more will be named a partner in sponsoring a child’s wish, and any team that raises $5,000 or more will be named a wish sponsor.

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 10,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.sfla.wish.org or call 239-992-9474 to get involved.

This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.