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2012 Eastside and Westside Walk-a-thons / 5K Runs

I Gave My Sole For Parkinson's
Michigan Parkinson Foundation

The Results are in
for the 2012
I Gave My Sole for Parkinson?s
Walk-a-Thon and 5K Run

The tenth annual "I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's" Walk-a-thons and 5K Runs to benefit the Michigan Parkinson Foundation were held on May 19 at South Lake Schools Administration Complex in St. Clair Shores, and on May 20 at Northville High School in Northville, Michigan amid beautiful sunny skies. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our hosts. The Presenting Sponsors, Taco Bell, Henry Ford Health System and Amerigon, Inc., led the way to $90,000 in donations which will support programs and services of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. Many thanks to participants and over 200 volunteers.!

The second annual Fun Run for children 12 years of age and younger on the Eastside was organized by Board Member, Blake Johnson and drew 50 children. It was highlighted by participation from Avalon Elementary School students, who learned about PD, raised money for MPF, and held their own walk in the neighborhoods around the school. Many thanks for the support of Principal Jeanne Polesky.

The 5K Run routes were certified and timing was performed by Brian Cooper and Sam Reale. Congratulations to the overall winners who received a check for $100 (Eastside donated by Mayor Pixley and former Mayor Robert Hison) and winners of each male and female age categories.

View Event Photos:

See pictures from the May 2012, I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's Walk-a-thon and 5K Runs.

Eastside, South Lake Schools
05-19-12 eastside

Westside, Northville High School
5-20-12 Northville

We wish to acknowledge the following:

Honorary Chairpersons:

Eastside - (St. Clair Shores)

  • Paul A. Cullis, MD
  • Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Eastpointe
  • Mayor Kip Walby, St. Clair Shores

Westside - (Northville)

  • Marvin Gans, Northville Township Board of Trustees
  • Hon. David Groner, 3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division
  • Hon. Amy Hathaway, 3rd Circuit Court
  • Mayor Jack Kirksey, Livonia

Committee Members:

Eastside - (St. Clair Shores)

  • Co-Chairmen: Matt Dishman and Vince Marino
  • Co-Chairmen, 5K Run: Brian Cooper, Sam Reale
  • Karla Anderson, Mom's and Dad's Club, South Lake Schools
  • St. Clair Shores Councilman John Caron
  • Robert Hison, Former Mayor of St. Clair Shores
  • Blake Johnson, Fun Run Chair
  • Bryan Mazey, Kiwanis Lac St. Clair
  • Carlos Mazzorin
  • Suzanne Pixley, Mayor of Eastpointe, Honorary Chair
  • Todd Rubino
  • Jason Russell, Walgreens Community Liaison
  • William Suminski, Comerica Bank

Westside - (Northville)

  • Co-Chairman Hon. Gail McKnight
  • Co-Chairman Richard McKnight, esq.
  • Chair 5K Run: David Bartczak
  • Marv Gans, Trustee, Northville Township, Honorary Chair
  • Barry Kaufman
  • Chris Gearns, Northville High School
  • Hon. Gail McKnight
  • Connie Spiteri


  • Presenting Sponsors:  Taco Bell, Henry Ford Health System and Amerigon Inc.
  • Hosts: South Lake Schools & Northville High School

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Mollie McKnight Feliks & Ted McKnight
  • Standard Register

Gold Sponsors:

  • GTJ Foundation
  • KBC Tools
  • Regional Medical Imaging
  • St. John Providence Health System

Silver Sponsors:

  • Carlos & Christine Mazzorin
  • Courtland Consulting & Strudell Studios
  • Kiwanis Lac St. Claire
  • Residential Home Health
  • Sally & Kevin Gereau - In Memory of Robert Gereau
  • University of Michigan STIM Program

Media Sponsors

  • Fox 2 Detroit
  • Macomb Daily
  • C&G Newspapers

We also wish to thank the Bronze Sponsors and Friend Sponsors of the I Gave My Sole for Parkinson's Walk-a-thons and 5K Runs.

Top 10 Fund Raisers:

We wish to thank all of you for helping to raise money for Michigan Parkinson Foundation. A special thanks goes to:

St. Clair Shores - Individual:

  • Carol Kramarich
  • Glen Kramarich
  • Clyde McCormick
  • Michelle Marlow
  • Peggy Ostrander
  • Dino Mollicone
  • Jim VanWambeke
  • Gina Bauman
  • Gina Vigiletti
  • John Caron

St. Clair Shores - Group/Team:

  • The Blohm Connection
  • Lean Mean Dopamines
  • Suminski
  • Rock Chalk Jaywalkers
  • Team Foy
  • Visiting Angels
  • Michaels Walkers
  • VanWambeke
  • P J A

Northville - Individual:

  • Julie Johanningsmeier
  • Lorraine Applebaum
  • Don McLean
  • Anita Taylor
  • Carol Lefler
  • Christopher Stoecklein
  • Connie Spiteri
  • Dave Bartczak
  • Robert Squires
  • James Trentacosta

Northville - Group/Team:

  • Balowski
  • Mollie McKnight Feliks & Ted McKnight
  • Patterson
  • Tangerine
  • City of Livonia Employees
  • Baharozian
  • DziaDzia's Family
  • Cregar Friends
  • Team McLean
  • Tom's Tigers

Support Groups:

  • Rochester Support Group
  • East Side YOPD SE MI Support Group
  • Ann Arbor Support Group
  • Eastside Support Group
  • Jackson Support Group
  • Detroit Support Group

5K Run Results:

Many people worked hard to make these events so special.  We would like to recognize the following:

Thanks to over 200 volunteers and special note to the following supporters:

  • 35th District Court
  • Absolute Images
  • Avalon Elementary School students
  • Amateur Radio Public Service Corps
  • Karla Anderson, Concession Stand
  • Larry Anderson, Photographer
  • Rose Andre,  Cookbook Sales
  • Angelo Salvaggio - Nino Salvaggio's
  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Bobby's Bouncers
  • Subi Bhandari,  Photography
  • Comerica Bank Volunteers
  • Conner Park Florist
  • CVS Pharmacy , St. Clair Shores
  • Donut Express, St. Clair Shores
  • Eastside Bagel
  • Einstein Bagels, Northville
  • Fergie's Event Rental
  • Friends of Thayer Corner
  • Good Times Party Store - Dave Hurd
  • Hanson's Running Stores
  • Ilene Hafner
  • Jeanne Poleski Principal, Avalon Elementary School
  • Jeff Dunn - South Lake Schools, photography
  • Little Caesar's (Harper and 11 Mile)
  • New York Bagel, Ferndale
  • Northville High School Staff
  • Northville Township Fire Department
  • Fire Department - St. Clair Shores
  • Pure Water Station
  • Ron Fredericks
  • Schoolcraft College School of Massage
  • South Lake Schools  staff
  • St. Joseph Hospital Rehab Staff
  • Trader Joe's
  • Walgreens St. Clair Shores Volunteers
  • Winters Sausage
  • Young Onset Parkinson Support Group of Southeast Michigan

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