Happy New Year!
Thanks to your incredible post-event fundraising, the Ventura-Santa Barbara Walk community has met - and surpassed- its goal of $45,000!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to our incredible teams, participants, and sponsors for sticking by us in year two as we Walked Our Way from around the globe.
To date the 2021 Golden West Chapter Walk community has raised over $1.07M- which is no easy feat! We are extremely grateful for the hard work that got us to this incredible mark, and everyone is to be congratulated.
As we approach our fiscal year end, please consider helping us achieve our 2021 Golden West Chapter Walk to Defeat ALS Program goal of $1.2M to ensure the continuation of free support groups, care management services, equipment loans, outreach activities, educational resources, and multidisciplinary clinics in the many communities we serve. The more we raise, the more we can do to defeat ALS!
Here are a few ways that you can help:
- Make one last year-end donation to your team through your participant center.
- Send emails or texts linking people to your personal Walk page.
- Bid on one of our auction items through our Walk Basket auction page. Proceeds from the auction items will benefit the team that submitted the item.
Thank you again and we look forward to 2022 with a renewed sense of hope and purpose.
It is only together that we will defeat ALS.
Congrats to our 2021 Challenge Winners!
|Isaac Moorvitch, March for Massey,
May ALS Awareness Month Challenge!
|Art & Barb Pahr , The Happy Huntleys,
2021 GWC Walk T-shirt design contest!
MPORTANT EVENT UPDATE:
The Walk to Defeat ALS is on October 23, 2021 wherever you call home. Join us at 11:30am PDT/8:30AM HST for the live ceremony, and then start your walk activity.
Saturday, October 23
Live Opening Ceremony at 11:30amPDT/8:30amHST
on Zoom and YouTube Live
11:00 AM PDT - Morning Check-In: Stop by and say hello before the Start Line program begins and see some familiar faces!
11:15 AM PDT - Sing along Live with singer/songwriter/pianist Adam Chester.
11:30 AM PDT - Live Zoom Startline program begins, hosted by Elex Michaelson, from Fox 11 News, Los Angeles.
12:15 PM PDT - Zumba warm up with Denise Lum and Team Roll Call.
12:30 PM PDT - Join fellow walkers and Chapter staff in our Regional Breakout Rooms!
All Day Long! - Walk YOUR Way!
Please be sure to join us! Together we will celebrate our teams, a successful Walk year, and YOU, as we honor and remember our loved ones with ALS.
Planning Your Walk at Home
The Live Opening Ceremony will feature the National Anthem, teams from across the Chapter, mission spotlights, music, and various special guests. After joining us, start your Walk!
We are optimistic that by October 23, teams will be able to comfortably gather, at least in small groups, together at homes and in local neighborhoods. Your safety is our priority. Host your Walk to Defeat ALS at your team’s comfort level while regarding local, state and federal mandates and guidelines. You can also encourage team members to have their own mini-Walk to show support from afar.
Ideas For Your Walk
Walk Around Your Neighborhood - This is a great way to include your community and spread awareness. Map out your route, and decorate your front yard for a celebration after your Walk. Carry team and mission message signs! Wear your favorite team t-shirt! Challenge others to join you online from anywhere in the world in the virtual camaraderie of the day. We’re here to help.
Go for a Hike - Spread your Walk-day spirit on your favorite trail! Carry team and mission message signs! Wear your favorite team t-shirt! Challenge others to join you online from anywhere in the world in the virtual camaraderie of the day.
*Visit a Park - Find your favorite park nearby and invite close family and friends. Map out your route, and decorate a picnic table for a celebration after your Walk. *if local and state guidelines allow at the time of the Oct. 23 Walk.
Have a Car Parade – Car parades can be a great way to celebrate the occasion. Decorate your cars and front yards. Invite your local fire department, local businesses, and others in your neighborhood to really put on a show!
Stay Home - Just because you’re indoors, doesn’t mean you can’t still walk! Create a fun route, complete with snack stops and dance breaks.
Below are some helpful links and tips to get you started! And we are here to help for every step of your Walk, so feel free to contact us!
Virtual Participant Guide
Your go-to guide for everything Walk related. It contains interesting ideas, helpful tips, and chapter contact information.
My Walk Supporters Pledge Sheet
Print this worksheet out and keep track of your donations!
Are you mailing your donations to The ALS Association before the Walk? Help them out and fill out a deposit slip!
"Unlock ALS" keys
Print and decorate them with your own message to #NEVERGIVEUP!
Print them and celebrate how many years you've participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS.
Fundraising tools at your fingertips
We've Gone Mobile!
Your fundraising has gone mobile thanks to the Walk to Defeat ALS mobile & tablet app. Now you can fundraise on the go by sending emails, monitoring your fundraising progress and updating your page.
Only registered Walk participants who've raised $100 will get a t-shirt. This benefit is awarded to registered individuals, not teams or donors, so make sure the donations to your personal fundraising record add up!
In addition to working toward one for yourself, you should spread the word to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to earn their very own shirt.
Make sure you become of a fan of our Chapter on Facebook to receive information about fundraising contests, shout outs to outstanding teams and walkers, and important Walk Day details!