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Inaugural ‘Snowman Shuffle Walk’ ready to step off

By Staff | Jan 14, 2012

People are urged to put on their walking shoes next weekend and help raise funds for a good cause at the inaugural Snowman Shuffle Walk.

The one-mile fun walk, hosted by the Guardian Angels, will take place at 9 a.m. Jan 21 at Sun Splash Family Waterpark. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The walk will benefit Cape Coral’s Special Populations program.

“It is a fun walk, and we want it to be that way,” Vince Marcucci, the president of the Guardian Angels and a recreation specialist, said.

The walk is free, but donations will be accepted.

“Our hope was the walkers will get pledges and raise money,” he said.

As of Thursday, about 60 people had signed up to walk. Walkers who raise $20 or more in pledges will receive a free event T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Marcucci said a prize will be awarded to the individual and to the team that raises the most money. The individual prize is an electronic tablet, while the winning team will get a free lunch for up to 10 people at a local restaurant.

Pledge forms can be found on the city’s website at: www.capecoral.net .

“It’s a good fund-raiser,” Marcucci said, nothing that anyone can participate. “It’s something that we can grow into.”

A local Zumba instructor will warm up the crowd before the walk. Afterward, a free continental breakfast of bagels, juice, fruit and more will be available.

“It’s be a quick morning activity,” he said. “It can involve so many people.”

The route will start out at Sun Splash, head past the Wm. “Bill” Austen Youth Center on to Santa Barbara Boulevard, and then back to the water park.

The Guardian Angels are hoping to raise $500 to $1,000 for the program.

Special Populations offers an adult day program and evening socials for people with developmental disabilities in the Cape and throughout Lee County. Subsidized through the city, its budget is supplemented with fund raisers.

According to Marcucci, about 105 people currently participate in the day program, while approximately 180 take part in the evening social activities.

“When the community gets involved and sees what we do, they know what a gem of a program this really is,” he said.

For more information, contact Special Populations at 574-0574.