Team Spotlight: Melody Makers
The Melody Makers team not only talks the talk but they walk the walk! The team, led by their fearless leader and WTELN Planning Group member, Jen Parizo, keeps the team organized and prepared for Walk day.
Through their energy and enthusiasm, the Melody Makers took the lead title for the #1 fundraising team at the Greater Hartford Awards & Recognition Rally held on April 9 at Wood-N-Tap in Newington. The Rally was a celebration of the great 2018 Walk success of all fundraising teams with a spotlight on the top 10 teams of the year. Over the last two years, the Melody Makers have spread the word far and wide about the WTELN in Connecticut and the team was recognized for raising an incredible $9,600 for the 2018 Greater Hartford Walk!
Powering up against lupus is important to the Melody Makers team because their fight against lupus is personal. Family and friends walk in memory of their loved one, Mark Warren, who was diagnosed with lupus when he was only fourteen years old. Mark was an athlete playing football when he first noticed joint pain and his arm locking up as he played sports. His symptoms progressed to where he needed dialysis and then received a kidney transplant. Throughout all of this, Mark never lost his spirit and amazing personality. After a hard battle with lupus, Mark passed away at the age of thirty-seven in 2017. Through the pain, his family has come together to honor Mark’s legacy and to raise critically needed funds and awareness about lupus in hopes that others do not have to go through what their family experienced.
The Melody Makers are not shy about talking up the Walk and they know that every dollar counts in the fight against lupus! They post on social media, organize team fundraising events, and utilize corporate matching gifts to raise funds. Team Captain Jen Parizo also hosts an ice cream social at her company during Lupus Awareness Month in May to raise extra funds armed with resources and information about lupus. We’re grateful to Jen and the Melody Makers for their leadership and commitment to raising funds.
Jen and the Melody Makers are all registered and ready to rock and roll for the 2019 Walk to End Lupus Now in June. The team has already raised over $1,000 and they are just getting started! Join Jen and the Melody Makers team at the 2019 Walk to End Lupus Now on June 2 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Register today and power up against lupus: http://walktoendlupus.org/cthartford.
For more information or to get involved in Connecticut, please contact Antonella Leone-Giamei, Fundraising & Development Manager, at [email protected] or 1-866-225-0348 ext. 702. Follow the Northeast Region Facebook page for the latest local news and events.