7th ANNUAL BUDDY WALK
Volunteer Opportunities Still Available
The 7th Annual Buddy Walk is coming up on October 2nd, and we need your
The Arc's Down
syndrome Outreach is a self-directed volunteer program, and the Buddy Walk is
their largest event of the year. We're looking for additional
volunteers to help prepare for the event, both in the next several weeks
and on the day of the Walk. If you're interested in volunteering,
please contact Makenna Padgett by calling
(360) 715-0170 x205 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring food, games, music and more,
the Buddy Walk has been promoting acceptance and awareness of people
with Down syndrome since 1995. Buddy Walks are held across the country,
from Bellingham to Washington, DC. This year's walk begins at the
Fairhaven Village Green and winds through downtown Fairhaven. Events
including music and a silent auction begin at 11 am and continue until 2 pm.
Snacks will be provided to all walkers, but everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine with us!
SUNNY SKIES EXPECTED
Not a Cloud in Sight for This Weekend
The National Weather Service is predicting clear skies and a high of 68 degrees for this weekend. Don't forget your sunscreen!
OUT OF THE ASHES
Live Music Performed By Musicians of All Abilities
The Arc is thrilled to welcome Out of the Ashes to the 2010 Buddy Walk! The band takes the stage at noon, and will provide live music throughout the Walk. Audience members are encouraged to join the band onstage, singing, dancing
or playing a musical instrument.
Founded by Jon Dalgarn over ten years ago, Out of the Ashes is an interactive music therapy program that works to provide a positive and profound experience for all people. Mr. Dalgarn began the project in Arlington, and recently started a new group here in Bellingham.
WHO'S WHO AT THE WALK
Getting to Know the Speakers
Keynote Speaker Ryan Dodge
Ryan Dodge is a sophomore at the University of Washington, where he plans to study medicine. As a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, Mr. Dodge participated in the 2010 Journey of Hope, a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities. He is an energetic lifelong volunteer with a heart of gold and the determination of steel. Mr. Dodge is the son of Executive Director Corinne Clarke.County Executive Pete Kremen
Kremen has served Whatcom
County for over 30 years.
After working as a broadcast journalist for 14 years, including at local
radio station KGMI, Mr. Kremen was elected to six consecutive terms as the
Representative of the 42nd Legislative District. Since 1996, Mr.
Kremen has served as County Executive, and continues to lead Whatcom County
to improve the vitality of our community and the health of our families. Mayor Dan Pike
Dan Pike has lived in Whatcom County
for over 25 years. After graduating from Western
Mr. Pike attended Harvard's School
of Government. Prior to
taking office, he helped establish the Whatcom-Skagit Intercounty Connector bus
link, and served on several Bellingham
School District citizen
advisory committees. Since entering office, Mr. Pike has been committed
to fostering open, collaborative government.
The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals,
educational programs and funding for people with developmental
disabilities, their families and the organizations that serve them.
To become a member of The Arc, visit our website
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
To reach any Director:
Corinne F. Clarke
Parent Coalition Coordinator
Public Outreach & Fund Development
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Document Security Specialist
To reach any staff member: