In October 2005, ANA held its first Memorial Walk in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Seventy-five people attended the event, which included a three-mile walk and a memorial service. No participation fee was charged and donations raised $2,000.
The walk is now in its 14th year, and is attended by hundreds annually.
The walk aims to provide comfort to bereaved families and to increase public awareness of pregnancy loss and infant death. The event is held rain or shine, with the majority of the day’s events under cover at the pavilion. Participation in the walk is free.
It’s a day filled with music and refreshments, activities and crafts for children, and opportunities to create new friendships with those who have had similar experiences. The spirit of the walk is of encouragement and community. It is hopeful, even uplifting and empowering.
Fundraise for the ANA Memorial Walk with FirstGiving! You can create your own webpage to collect donations online in memory of your loved one by visiting ANA’s webpage at FirstGiving.org. Online donations are automatically sent to Angel Names Association. You can also ask your family, friends, co-workers to sponsor you for the walk by printing a sponsor sheet and returning it the day of the walk. Keep your webpage active all year, or link it to ANA’s Memorial Walk to raise funds specifically for the walk.
Become a Sponsor
Without the efforts of our generous sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish a fraction of what we do today. By joining the ranks of companies and individuals sponsoring our annual Memorial Walk, you help to ensure that the families of stillborn children receive the support they need.
The benefits of sponsoring our annual Memorial Walk are many, and vary by the level of gift. In all cases, your tax-deductible donation enables Angel Names Association to raise awareness about stillbirth and continue to provide our supportive programs. As a sponsor, you will help to provide hope to the hundreds of people who participate in our walk each year.
If you have any questions about becoming a sponsor, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Mosca, Angel Names president and co-founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-654-2411.
* Levels determined by donation amount/gift-in-kind value.
Pillar – $1,000
Champion – $500
Benefactor – $250
Patron – $50 to $249