|Pictured (from left): Regina Hartley (Teller at Members CU’s Lenoir branch), Misty Boston (Teller at Members CU’s Lenoir branch); walk participants: Clinton Laws, Aaron Laws, Karen Laws; Vickie Ray (Branch Manager at Members CU’s Lenoir branch), Tracy Fleming (Teller at Members CU’s Lenoir branch), and Carla Kimel (PR Director for Members CU).
Nearly 70 people registered for Members CU’s inaugural Wig Walk, a 5K walk/fun run benefiting the Wig Bank of Caldwell County that took place on Saturday, May 12th at the Aquatics and Fitness Center in Lenoir, NC. The walk brought in $5,120 for the Wig Bank, a non profit cancer services center that provides prosthetic wigs for cancer patients, promotes the importance of cancer screenings, and provides funds to cancer patients for transportation to cancer treatment centers.
"Every day I get more angry at this disease [cancer]," remarked David Icard, cofounder of the Wig Bank. "Cancer is affecting more people everyday and we can’t give up the fight. The Wig Walk is a way that we can continue to give support to those stricken with the disease and help them keep fighting."
Icard, along with cofounder Alicia Stanislaw opened the doors to the Wig Bank in 2001. Since then, the services offered to their community have expanded to include support groups such as Restorative Yoga, Arm in Arm and Just Us Guys.
"The Wig Walk is a unique idea that grew out of collaboration with board members of the Wig Bank and the marketing staff at Members Credit Union," said Eric Stiff, VP of Marketing at MCU. "It was neat to see people wear wigs while they walked to show support for such a worthy community service organization."
Participants in the Wig Walk were encouraged to wear costume wigs during the 5K trek on the Greenway that winds throughout the city of Lenoir. Once participants finished their 3.1-mile journey and returned to home base, a wig contest was held and the winner was decided by applause.
During the months leading up to the Wig Walk event, additional funds were raised through T-shirt sponsorships that were sold for $100 each. T-shirt sponsors honored a loved one who had lost their battle with cancer by having their name printed on the back of the Wig Walk T-shirt. These T-shirts were given out to walkers who registered for the event. Many of the walkers collected additional donations for the Wig Walk. One participant, 7 year-old Zerden Keller from Lenoir, NC, raised an additional $110.
"I would just like to say thank you to everyone who helped me raise money for the Wig Walk," Keller remarked to the crowd when he was recognized for his fundraising efforts.
Thanks to the efforts of participants like Keller, Members CU surpassed their goal of $5,000. 100% of the proceeds from the 2012 Wig Walk were donated to the Wig Bank. Members CU and the Wig Bank plan to coordinate a second Wig Walk in 2013.