The Peyty Foundation board and committee members have had some amazing meetings recently, and we can't wait for you to see what we have in store for 2017! Our New Year's resolution is to help as many children as possible, and that's where you come in! We are looking for volunteers, donations, and participants in our various fundraisers to help make this year successful! Reach out to us if you'd like to be part of it!
Here's a look at what's happening this year:
First, we'd like to officially welcome Holly Doraski as our new Director of Liaison! We are so excited to have her as part of our team! Holly brings a lot of fresh ideas to us, and we're excited to start putting them into action!
Some of the events we have planned this year include:
Ongoing: Peyty Banks
Keep collecting your spare change for your Peyty Banks. Check under couch cushions and car seats. Designate any change found in the laundry as part of your donation. Give up a Starbucks drink once a week and stash the money in the bank instead. We learned from our fundraiser with Meadowbrook Christian School in the fall that a little change can add up to a great donation!
February 10: Stall Day
Bri partnered with a local school for this fundraiser. The students bring in as much change as they can, and the teachers have to count it ALL before they can begin class! It's a win for the students and for us! If you think your local school would like to participate in a fundraiser like this, please let us know!
May 20: Bingo
We all know someone who's a Bingo fanatic. Invite them (and another friend or 10) to spend a few hours relaxing (or not, depending on how competitive you are!) and raising money for a great cause. Win some prizes and help some amazing kids out at the same time.
August 19: 5K Fun Run and Walk
Spend a Saturday morning with us! Get some exercise, raise awareness, and donate all at the same time! Bring a friend and catch up. Bring the kids and make it a family event. Run or walk. Push yourself or take your time. We'd love to see you. And don't worry about the water. We've got you covered!
September 23: Fall Fest
Kick off fall with the Peyty Foundation! Last year's fall fest was a learning experience! This year we want to be some of the first to celebrate the change in seasons with you! We have some incredible activities planned, and of course we'll be looking for vendors, so contact us if you're interested in setting up a table!
Also, the foundation is planning a "field trip" of sorts to a Special Needs Expo in Long Island on April 23rd. We are so excited to learn about some of the newest equipment available. It's important that we stay educated in order to provide our clients with the most appropriate devices!
Remember, this is just a quick idea of what to look forward to! Don't be surprised if we don't have more up our sleeves. Keep checking back here and on Facebook for more details!
We've been featured in the Daily Item again! The article discusses some of the inspiration behind our foundation and some of the first recipients of equipment! What an uplifting story for the month of December!
One excerpt from the article reads:
Tanya and Adam McHale hope to help more families of physically and mentally challenged children through their Peyty Foundation, named after what Peyton’s younger sister called her.
“We knew after Peyton passed away, we wanted to do something,” said Tanya, 34, of rural Danville. “She had such a magic about her. It was just a matter of taking that plunge and going through the grieving process.”
“We knew it couldn’t end there,” said Adam, 33.
To read the article in it's entirety, click below!
November 27, 2016 was a big day for us at The Peyty Foundation. This date marked the very first equipment presentation to one of our applicants. Jake had used a rifton tricycle before and his parents had been trying for 2 years to get him his very own to use at home! Jakes birthday was right around the corner and we decided to make the delivery and surprise him with this for his birthday, the pure joy on this sweet little boys face when he got on his new bike was such a blessing for me, as the founder of this organization, to see. The pride in Jakes parents faces as they watched him ride around the streets was the same pride I so often had when seeing Peyton do things! We at The Peyty Foundation are looking forward to granting more families and children this same joy! Giving these deserving children the opportunity to access their worlds! Equipping them with a voice of empowerment! That's what this foundation is all about.
September 17th was a beautiful day to unveil Peyton's monument! It was a wonderfully intimate turn out of family and friends who came to celebrate Peyton's life with us. The Peyty sun even peeked out from the overcast day, letting us know Peyton was there with us, too. We appreciate everyone who is supporting us on this journey of empowering children with exceptionalities. Thank you to the students from Meadowbrook who prepared and served the snacks and drinks to our guests. Thank you to everyone who bought one of our shirts. Wear them proudly. Share our message and Peyton's memory everywhere you go! We hope to watch this organization grow along with all of you!
For those of you who couldn't be with us for the unveiling (or if you'd just like to see it again), here is Tanya's dedication speech.
Thanks again for joining us, and we hope to see all of you at our 5K and Fall Fest on October 22nd!
-Misty Lose, Director of Social Media
The Peyty Foundation was just featured in the newspaper, The Daily Item. Tanya McHale, our president and Peyton's mom, shared the inspiration behind the Peyty foundation throughout the article. Below is an excerpt:
"During those years, the McHales realized that there were other parents whose children had special needs, but who lacked the financial resources or insurance coverage to purchase mobility or other adaptive equipment to help their children.“My husband and I made the decision that we wanted to keep Peyty’s legacy alive,” McHale said. “We decided that through our grieving we wanted to start a foundationto help other families get what their children needed.”"
To read the entire article (which we encourage you to do!) click on the button below!