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Henrietta Post
  • To do this weekend: A Halloween WalkAbout

  • Over 1,300 walkers took part in last year’s Halloween-themed event to help raise funds for Al Sigl Member Agencies serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Organizers expect an even higher turnout this weekend.

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  • The first Al Sigl Community of Agencies WalkAbout was held 22 years ago, on a rainy October day, in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
    "It was a small group and it was raining and they all got wet,” said current WalkAbout co-chair Catherine Frangenberg. “It was not very pleasant."
    From then until last year the WalkAbout was held in Marketplace Mall. Now in its 23rd year, the event has outgrown the venue.
    This year’s WalkAbout will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at Eastview Mall.
    “It’s cooking up,” said Frangenberg, a Henrietta resident. “It's going to be our biggest yet, and we are so looking forward to it.”
    Over 1,300 walkers took part in last year’s Halloween-themed event to help raise funds for Al Sigl Member Agencies serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Organizers expect an even higher turnout this weekend.
    The WalkAbout is a family-friendly event in which teams register (for free) and walk the perimeter of Eastview Mall, with stops along the way featuring entertainment like dancers, face painters, crafts, cooking lessons, and in the Halloween spirit, candy stations for the kids. There will also be a costume contest and prizes for individual walkers and teams.
    Donations are encouraged. Donors have the option of giving to the entire collaborative or choosing an individual Member Agency such as CP Rochester, Epilepsy Foundation Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton, Medical Motor Service, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, or Rochester Rehabilitation. 
    This year marks the debut of a new Mask Gallery featuring original works of art by clients of Al Sigl Member Agencies. Local artists and community volunteers also created and donated porcelain masks, which are on display now at Eastview Mall in front of the LEGO store. Select masks are available through an online auction at www.alsigl.org.
    “These masks are just absolutely gorgeous,” Frangenberg said. “They are not just for Halloween. They are wall art.”
    Frangenberg, who first experienced the event as a walker with the Rochester Hearing and Speech (an Al Sigl Member Agency) team when she was on the board there, became co-chair two years ago and led her group last year carrying a checkered flag. She said that after planning the annual event for a year, it’s always great to see it pay off.
    “To see it come alive is so fun for me,” she said. “Some people will be familiar to me, so it's sort of a reunion. I have such great fun walking around and seeing the joy on people's faces. That is very rewarding to see all of that come to fruition.”
    Some people attend for the candy. Others enjoy the camaraderie. For Frangenburg, it’s all about family-friendly fun for a good cause.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It's just a pleasant morning,” Frangenberg said. “You can come with your family, build a team with your friends, meet other people, and just have a roaring good time.”
    “And everyone will have a good time, because we have something for everybody.”
     

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