On Memorial Day weekend, the "golden feet" of the Weston Adult Soccer League held their annual tournament to raise funds with us for local charities. Seventy members played their hearts out for three games, and children participated in a penalty shoot out.
Funds raised through player donations and the generous support of corporate sponsorships, supported the following charities:
The Prospector Theater
The Prospector provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater in Ridgefield CT.
The employees, known as Prospects live a higher quality of life through meaningful employment, and are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and turn their passions into professions.
Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County
Mental health issues such as anxiety, eating, and mood disorders affect 20% of all children and represent one of the most common life-limiting challenges faced by children. Without early intervention, many of these children are at risk of suffering serious life-long consequences. The Child Guidance Center serves as the safety net for thousands of families that are unable to afford private mental health services for their children.
Joni and Friends
In honor of Victoria’s love for children with disabilities, team Victoria McGrath Foundation laced up to complete the B.A.A. 5K, and her best friend ran the Boston Marathon.
We sponsored five families to attend Joni and Friends Family Retreat in New England. Family retreats offer a haven for special needs families where they are encouraged and rejuvenated in a fully accessible camp environment. Thanks to your amazing generosity we were also able to donate 26 restored wheel chairs to individuals in need worldwide.
Where Angels Play, Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester
Volunteers spent the weekend celebrating Victoria's life building a playground in her honor at the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA. Jimmy Plourde, Victoria's first responder in the marathon bombing, and now dear friend initiated the project with Where Angels Play. Hundreds of children now play in this special place.
“Victoria is doing another great thing here. This is Victoria here, this is her giving back to the community,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
“This is not about tragedy, this is about my friend. This is about a friend that came and changed my life.”Jimmy Plourde
Cesar Batalla Playground, Bridgeport CT
Our town of Weston, and the local Kiwanis rallied around us and uplifted Victoria by building a playground in her memory at Cesar Batalla in Bridgeport CT. This is the largest elementary school in CT that now has it's first playground for young children.