Volunteering through my photography is such a rewarding opportunity. I've been asked to photograph all kinds of fundraisers, but my favorite events are the walks/runs. I, personally, am not a runner, but I enjoy being around the camaraderie of these fun-loving, supportive people! This past weekend I was asked to volunteer my photography services to the annual event, "The Power Walk for Dress for Success" which benefits the South Central, PA chapter of Dress for Success.
Held at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this annual event is family AND pet friendly! How fun is that? The planning committee really outdid themselves this year by providing music, raffles, Zumba, yoga, face painting, balloon animals, healthy food, and health tent! They even secured a climbing wall through the National Guard! Even furry family members had their own tent which provided water to make sure our furry friends stayed hydrated throughout the event. To add to the fun, we had a few costumed characters join the party, including the Hershey Bar, Coco The Bear, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and the Penn State Nittany Lion! Nothing says fun like watching all the Hershey characters Zumba.
The race began at 10:00am with the walk following quickly behind. The male overall winner crossed the finish line at a little over 18 minutes (That was fast!). As all the participants crossed the finished line, the festivities continued in the main area. The food tent switched over to serving sandwiches and ice cream, which was perfect on this beautiful, muggy day. While the times were being sorted, race participants and festival revelers continued to partake in face painting, massages provided by KTI and getting their nails painted at the Empire Beauty school tables.
Many people walked away as winners from the event! Valerie Pritchett, The Master of Ceremonies, announced all of the winners for the race, as well as the raffle and door prizes. The biggest winner of all was the South Central PA branch of Dress for Success! This event raised around $18,000, which is doubled the amount from last year! Congratulations to all the race winners, and also the planning committee who put together this successful, fun event! I hope to see you all again next year! Until then, check out all the photos from the event here.