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Top Ten: Reasons To Join Our 2014 Central Park Challenge Team, The Foorce Finale!

bumper stickerOne of my favorite events of the year is around the corner and I am more than happy to tell you ten good reasons as to why you should join our walk/run team this year. The Central Park Challenge is on June 7, 2014, and I truly hope you will be able to be there and see for yourself what all the (well deserved) hype is about.

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1. It’s your last chance to join our team, ever.  Read more…

Only One Week To Left To Support “The Foorce” – Your Help Is Needed!

family shotThe Foorce will be enthusiastically participating in the 2013 Central Park Challenge for our fourth consecutive year next Saturday, June 1st, and it’s not too late to join us!

Last year in an effort to persuade you, I posted The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012

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What more could possibly be said to convince me?, you might be thinking. Well, check out the 2013 Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce, Photo Edition! will and james
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Or, if you prefer a more traditional presentation you can visit our team website.
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We’re hoping to have our biggest team yet this year and have some real competitors in the running divisions (no pressure, guys). The event is truly family friendly, with programs for children 2 and up and walkers/runners of ALL ages. There’s also a Kid’s Zone with Play Area, complete with face painting, sand art, dancing, live music, and games. photo (2)
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Each year we’ve had so much fun and love meeting new people – we encourage you to invite your own family and friends to join The Foorce too! If you are unable to join us but would like to support us you can visit our team website – every dollar is appreciated more than you know (and is 100% tax deductible)! We have not yet reached our goal of $1,000 but I know we will. Don’t have a dollar to spare? Well wishes, happy thoughts and prayers are also all appreciated :)
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If you have questions about joining us next weekend or trouble with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you’ve already signed up (awesome!) keep an eye out this week for details on where and when to meet next weekend.
Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family
(Michaela, Ryan, James, Margaret, Adam and Ian)

Less Than A Month Left To Join The Foorce 2013!

The Foorce will be participating in the 2013 Central Park Challenge for our fourth consecutive year on June 1st, and it’s not too late to join us!  

Last year, in an effort to persuade you, I posted

 
 
What more could possibly be said to convince me?, you might me thinking. Well, you can see my newly updated Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2013 right here! 
 
Or, if you prefer a more traditional pitch you can visit our team website. Read more…

Putting Our Money Where My Mouth Is – A Central Park Challenge Challenge

The Central Park Challenge weekend is upon us and boy are we excited (and a little nervous about the 30% chance of rain). We have been touched by the outpouring of support and generosity as we work to raise money for the YAI, but we’re just a few drops short of our goal. So, desperate times…

Our family will match the next 3 donations that come in for The Foorce, so act now while your money is worth double (i.e. if you donate $15 it’s like donating $30). 

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To make a donation to our team please go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on “Support the Foorce!” ANY amount is greatly appreciated by us and by the YAI.
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And there’s still time to join us on Saturday – anyone is welcome, and when I say anyone I mean any age, ability, friends, family and strangers alike. To join, go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on the button that says “join team.”
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Still not feeling motivated, need more convincing? Please allow me to redirect you to the following link (there are free food offers inside this link, I promise).
The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012:

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We have not yet met our goal but I have 100% confidence (okay, 99.999%) – we have never fallen short and I know we won’t this year either.
If you have questions or trouble with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family

There’s Only 1 Week Left And We Haven’t Reached Our Goal – Please Support The Foorce In The Central Park Challenge (June 2nd)

The Foorce will be participating in the 2012 YAI Central Park Challenge for our third consecutive year next Saturday, June 2nd, and we still need your help to reach our goal!
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We’ve been fortunate to have a great support system for James here in the city. We have been truly inspired by the work of the YAI Network and the difference they make in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities each day. Children and adults with disabilities rely on the YAI Network for basic services such as preschools, health care, housing, job training and more in order to reach their fullest potential and be active members of our community. We have also had a wonderful experience dealing personally with them as we work on finding services for James.

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Please consider:
1) by joining our team – anyone is welcome, and when I say anyone I mean any age, ability, friends, family and strangers alike. To join, go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on the button that says “join team.”
2) by donating to our team – ANY amount is greatly appreciated by us and by the YAI. To donate to our team, please go to http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns and click on “Support the Foorce!”
3) by cheering us on, in person or in spirit. Well wishes, happy thought and prayers are always appreciated 🙂
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Still not feeling motivated, need more convincing? Please allow me to redirect you to the following link (there are free food offers inside this link, I promise).
The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012:

We hope to have our biggest team yet this year. Remember that this event is incredibly family friendly – even my 1 and 3 year old will be racing in events for kids during the day! Each year we have so much fun and love meeting new people – feel free to invite your own family and friends to join us as well!
Again, if you are unable to join us but are able to support us please visit our team website – http://support.yai.org/goto/thefoorcereturns – every dollar is appreciated more than you know! Have you found this blog helpful at all? How about my awesome summer guide? Is it worth $1, or $5 to you? Perhaps you would consider donating this amount toward our race efforts next weekend. We have not yet met our goal but I have 100% confidence (okay, 99.999%) – we have never fallen short and I know we won’t this year either.
If you have questions or trouble with the CPC site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Warmly,
The Searfoorce Family

My Own Collection Of Summer Events, Extracurricular Activities and Camps in the NYC Area for Children With (any) Special Needs 2012

If you’re looking for a little light reading this weekend, CLICK HERE to open the main document that was handed out at this morning’s meeting. Though growing bigger every year, this labor of love still offers a manageable bite of some of the best programs out there this summer. It’s a pretty awesome resource, even if I do say so myself 🙂

Thanks to all who made it out this morning! It was really lovely to see and meet so many new faces, and I hope to see you again at one of the social group meetups this summer (if you missed the meeting, keep an eye out for more info on the free social group that meets over the summer, entering its fourth year and continuing to grow).

Top Ten: Reasons You Might Drop By The Last Meeting, Tomorrow at 9:00!

1. a really awesome handout, created by me. It’s updated from last year with dozens of new activities!

2. the chance to sign up for the Central Park Challenge (see my Top Ten reasons to join The Foorce for details)

3. get a free copy of Special Parent magazine. It’s good, and I don’t just say that because I have an article in there 🙂

4. a social occasion to chat with other parents (they do exist)

5. find out about summer classes, events and camp options in all 5 boroughs of NYC as well as surrounding areas.

6. learn about one-of-a-kind opportunities to try surfing, beach days, dance lessons, adaptive tennis, swimming, track and field, and kayaking, many free or low cost (I don’t know about you, but I’m not brave enough to try surfing with James alone!).

7. sign up for free playdates for your special needs child, their siblings and you, all at the same time (they do exist).

8. get free brochures, booklets, and information about hundreds of programs in the NYC area (more free stuff).

9. find out about some popular Fall activities like soccer and music classes – registration is already open!

10. meet the woman behind the madness and witness some of the madness (2 of my 3 children will be in attendance).

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Insider’s tip: stop at Malecon across Amsterdam from PS 163 for the best cup of cafe con leche you’ll ever have. Unlike most things at this meeting it’s not free, but is really worth the $1.50. Hope to see you bright and early tomorrow!