The Wendy O. Ward Foundation was founded in 2014. As one of its primary missions, the Foundation and its volunteers will plan and coordinate a yearly charitable event called “Wendy’s Walk” in memory of Wendy. The purpose of the event is to gather in Wendy’s memory and celebrate her life, especially for her two kids, Caroline and Jack, now ages 8 and 6. Wendy was a person who touched so many lives with her love, laughter and energy. With her life cut short, Wendy deserves to be celebrated and Jack and Caroline deserve to see firsthand the impact their mommy had on so many lives.
Wendy’s Walk 2016 - - Another Great Success!
Friends, family and more gathered together again at the second annual Wendy’s Walk which took place on June 25, 2016 at the Columbus Park of Roses. Over 200 people attended and participated in the event the included music, games, crafts, lunch, cupcakes and a walk around the beautiful Park of Roses together in memory of Wendy. Donations from individuals and corporations before, at and after the event reached almost $16,000! The Foundation is grateful to all those who came out to Wendy’s Walk and especially all those who helped make the event possible and such a success.
At Wendy’s Walk, kids and adults alike enjoyed custom-made cupcakes from Lulu’s Cupcake Bar (special thanks to Joyce Ward for making this possible). Also, Bill Jelinek Photography graciously donated photography services at the Walk and captures some amazing moments. Bill’s photos are available to view here (link to gallery) on the Foundation’s website as well as on the Facebook page. Please consider Bill Jelinek Photography for your family and event photography! http://billjelinekphotography.zenfolio.com/
The attendees at the Walk were lucky to be introduced to and meet Claire DiOrio, the second awardee of the Wendy O. Ward Foundation Memorial Scholarship. Claire and her family, as well as the first ever awardee, Meghan Springer, joined and participated in the Walk to honor Wendy.
Several companies join again in donating to the Foundation and Wendy’s Walk - through monetary or in-kind contributions - making the event possible. Wendy’s Walk 2016 contributors included St. Brendan School, Stand Energy Corporation, Optic Nerve Polaris, Constructive Communication, Inc., In-Balance Body Therapy, Altenau Financial Services, Calfee, Halter & Griswold, Luckett Communication Papers, xSeed LLC, GE Foundation, Benjamin R. Lamielle, DDS, IGS Energy, and the Cardinal Health Foundation. Special thanks to Andy Limbert and Resonant Interactive for the continued generous in-kind web and technical services. Additional special thanks to the Limbert and Rowland families and the Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee.
All contributions received have and will be used for the costs of the 2016 Wendy’s Walk, the costs of future Wendy’s Walk events and most importantly toward the establishment of the annual Wendy O. Ward Memorial Scholarship.
Next year’s Wendy’s Walk is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017 once again at the Whetstone Shelterhouse at the Park of Roses, four days before what would be Wendy’s 38th birthday. The Foundation hopes to invite and welcome the next recipient of the Wendy O. Ward Foundation Memorial Scholarship at this year’s Wendy’s Walk to, like Meghan and Claire, officially receive the scholarship award and learn about Wendy’s life and impact. Please bookmark this site and return for more information regarding Wendy’s Walk 2017.