This Thanksgiving, we organized our third annual Kids' Turkey Trot! Every year, this event is heart-warming -- which was more important than ever with our fingers and toes frozen! Its a great hometown event, with so many local groups involved and contributing to The Bridget Brigade, the Winchester-based charity founded in the memory of Bridget Marie Dobbins, that raises funds to provide needed support to families from Massachusetts with a critically-ill child.
Community organizations like FAN (The Winchester Family Action Network) and Rotary Club support the event with volunteers and publicity. Every year, fellow businesses like Kids Footstop, Petersons Party Center, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks donate time and goods. Local professionals like Beth Locke and Alyssa Suffredini helped us behind the scenes this year with our new logo and banners. WinCam generously loaned their equipment to an awesome team of McCall Middle School students who are producing a Turkey Trot video for us this year (we can't wait to see it!). All this happens at Lincoln School field, in the heart of our town on a day when we give thanks for all of the things that we hold dear.
Over 115 children, ages 3-8 participated in this years races. Their parents bundled everyone up in coats and hats and mittens and came to Lincoln School early on a freezing Thanksgiving morning. It was truly special and our honor to lend support to an organization that does so much good! Every dollar that we raise, from admissions and other donations from the Turkey Trot goes directly to the Bridget Brigade to support families caring for critically ill children. What better way to start a Day of Thanks?
Frankly, we're can't believe this is our third annual! The first year of the TurkeyTrot, we werent sure how many people would show up. We even joked that it might just be a few of us and our kids! That day, I remember looking around and thinking about how the people I saw represented so much of what makes our town great. The second year, the event grew even larger and there was a sense of tradition and community as parents, organizers, and all of the kids lingered for coffee and snacks well after the races were over. This year, there was less lingering given how cold it was (17 degrees thank-you-very-much!) but there was a growing feeling that this was something our community would be doing for many Thanksgivings to come. Finally, a very special thank you to the Turkey Trot committee at The Shanahan Group. This group of agents has been organizing the event for the last three years with great enthusiasm and dedication. We have such fun putting the Turkey Trot together every year. Thank you to Paula Sughrue, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Felicity Tuttle as well as Jacqui Curtin and Mary Savage. Thank you, ladies! Gobble, gobble!