Synagogue Sponsors Smashing Walnuts Walk-A-Thon Sunday

Posted By on April 2, 2014

Congregation Shaare Shalom synagogue will hold Walkin With Gabriella Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Smashing Walnuts Foundation Sunday, April 6 at Heritage High School.

The event, scheduled 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30, is free and open to the public. Event coordinator Joe Arnstein suggests participants pre-register for the event.

A DJ, bake sale and food drive will be featured at the event along with an array of other activities. Good deeds stations will be set up for area charities including the Hamilton Rescue Squad, VSA Arts, Loudoun Abused Womens Shelter, Fraternal Order of Police and Heritage Hall.

This is the second year the synagogue has held an event in honor of Gabriella Miller, the Leesburg girl who died last October from an inoperable brain tumor. She and her family started the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to promote awareness of childhood cancer nationwide, a cause thats near and dear to the congregations heart, Arnstein said. Mark and Ellyn [Miller] are members of our congregation and we all knew and loved Gabriella and most of the people in our synagogue were very close with her and her family.

Donations are not required, but Arnstein asks that people come out and show their support. Its supposed to be a positive kind of community get-together. Im hoping that its going to be a healing kind of event for the Miller family but also other families that are affected by childhood cancer, Arnstein said.

The walk-a-thon is being held in conjunction with Good Deeds Day, a community wide day of service established in 2009 through The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. At least 60 private and public charitable projects going on in the area are expected to bring in more than 5,000 volunteers Sunday, Michelle Blundell, media relations for the Jewish Federation, said.

Heritage High School is located at 520 Evergreen Mills Road. For more information contact Congregation Shaare Shalom at 703-737-6500.

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