Edgehill Residents Raise $60,000 for Stamford Health’s Hope in Motion Walk
Stamford, Conn. – Residents of Edgehill, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Stamford, Conn., shattered their team goal and raised $60,000 to benefit the Bennett Cancer Center at this year’s Hope in Motion Walk. The team’s goal of $40,000 was far exceeded thanks to the support of 120 donors, many of whom live or work at Edgehill. In addition to walking in the event, the team held festive fundraisers to build excitement and support for the cause.
“Our community has grown in its spirit of giving over the years,” said Team Captain Joan Weisman. “So many people are involved whether by giving or working on it. It makes me feel good because it gives people a purpose and something to get involved in.”
Money raised through the Hope in Motion Walk supports the needs of patients at Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center, from comfort services like massage to practical items like transportation. “It really appeals to the compassion of people,” said Weisman, who noted most everyone has encountered cancer at some point in their lives.
“For many years, Joan Weisman and Team Edgehill have been top fundraisers for the Hope in Motion Walk” said Dr. Steve Lo, Director of Medical Oncology at Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center. “Their dedication to raising funds for programs that benefit our cancer patients is outstanding and as a physician at the Bennett Cancer Center, I can see firsthand the difference their dollars make. We are so grateful.”
This year’s signature fundraiser to support Team Edgehill was a fashion show and silent auction. “It’s incredibly rewarding for our associates to work alongside our residents to support this cause,” said Julia Hannan, Edgehill Campus Assistant Executive Director. “We are already a close-knit community, and this effort shows we’re stronger together.”
“We really felt we were a team with residents and staff working together.” added Weisman. “Staff were the models and produced the show, featuring what they do in their spare time. It created a really good relationship between us.”
The committee behind these efforts is already looking toward October and The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Last year, Team Edgehill raised $43,000 for that event.
“It’s good for people to do something for somebody else,” said Weisman. “We’re never too old to be a meaningful part of a community. It helps keep you more youthful. Instead of being needy, you’re needed.”