Welcome to the Martini Shakers Team Page!
Illinois Team Captain Amanda Baittie
Honorary U.S. Co-Captains (towards our goal of all 50 states)
Alabama Fred and Ruth Straka
Arkansas Lisa Cooper
California David Klein
Colorado Gayna Warren
Connecticut Robert DeLuryea
Florida Holly Capek-Hutchinson
Georgia Sara Moss & Betty Rowley
Indiana Robin Guiden
Iowa Kerry Boysen Rueffer
Kansas Terri Derendinger
Maryland Ken Karlic
Massachusetts Beth Curtis Navas
Michigan Mary Lee Orr
Minnesota Karen Lewis
New Jersey Gary Rafaloff
New York Carolina Knutson Torbet
North Carolina Mary Northcott Cowden
Ohio Norma Mercurio
South Carolina Mary Ellen Arboe
Tennessee Thomas Eckhardt
Texas Jeff Bosh
Virginia Patty Jackson Shockley
Washington Melissa Granick
Wisconsin Nancy Robjohns
Wyoming Gail Schnorenberg & Ruth Putnam
Honorary International Co-Captains
Austria Carl & Christine McCollum
Canada Elvi & Maryanne Basso
England Ian & Paula Page
Walking in the Spirit of Togetherness
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 is the third annual Moving Day Chicago Walk for Parkinson’s. It is a 1-day walk held in Lincoln Park in Chicago to raise awareness for Parkinson’s, promote the benefits of moving for PD patients and to generate funds for research.
In 2013, the second Moving Day Chicago Walk raised over $350,000 for Parkinson’s research. Our team, The Martini Shakers contributed over $13,000 towards that goal.
This year, the overall goal is greater at $425,000 and our team goal is to contribute more as well. But not only financially. This year I would like The Martini Shakers to accomplish something very unique. Something no other team has ever done. Something that says more about peoples love for each other than just through dollars. I would like to show that a cause, can connect people. And through those connections ANYTHING is possible.
My hope is to have each and every person who visits here will be a team member on The Martini Shakers. Regardless of what state you are in or what country you are in, we want you on our team. Ultimately, I would like an honorary co-captain from every state in the United States and as many countries as possible too. Please help me make this dream a reality.
In return not only will your name be listed on the Moving Day Chicago web site team roster but your name will be printed on our team t-shirt and event signage.
Connect not Collect
Registration is free and you are NOT required to fund raise to be a team member on The Martini Shakers. We obviously would encourage and love for you to do so for the benefit of Parkinson’s research and patients but it is not required. Our first goal is to unite people in a cause through the spirit of togetherness. I want to promote that the collective energy of love and people can work miracles. A willingness to come together is a first step.
If you choose to fund raise on behalf of the Martini Shakers and you raise $100 in donations, not only will you earn a free Moving Day Chicago t-shirt but you will also earn a free Martini Shakers t-shirt as well. Additionally, if you raise $200 in donations you will receive a Martini Shakers sweatshirt and for $500 in donations you will receive a custom printed silver Martini Shakers martini shaker. Otherwise shirts can be purchased for $25, sweatshirts for $50 and martini shakers for $100 directly rom me.
If you are from out of state, please note on your "my page" what state you are representing so I can list you here.
Why join us?
So let’s assume you can’t come to Chicago for our Moving Day Walk. You might be saying to yourself, “Why? Why should I join Martini Shakers? I won’t really be participating in the walk so it seems kind of foolish for me to join.”
I kindly disagree.
You will be participating. You will be walking with me. The spirit of love for others and putting out a positive message transcends any distance. You will definitely be with me in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers as I walk. And the people in Chicago will know about you too, because this has never been done before.
Over the past six months of writing and soul searching one of the big personal discoveries I have made for myself is that there is a light glowing deep inside of me. The light is the spirit of love and every time I connect with someone and see the light in them, my light grows a little brighter. I want to see that light spread to other people and help them remember the best part of themselves.
Getting involved can do that. For Parkinson’s patients it’s empowering. It allows you to be an active part in managing your disease. You’re actually contributing to the effort to find a cure as opposed to simply waiting for it. It introduces you to a community that you are already a part of. And best of all, by getting involved, the life you end up changing may just be your own.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe people won’t want to do this with me. But to me it’s worth a try. I’ve learned that the universe holds endless gifts for everyone. An abundance of riches. You simply need to ask.
So I am asking. I’m asking you to please join our team and walk with us in the spirit of togetherness.
There is a tagline that goes along with the Moving Day Walk that says, “People Who Move Change the World”.
If anything I have written over the past 6 months has moved you, then I’d love for you to join me in changing the world. The first step is easy.