Inspirica Walkathon Brings Together Community & Service
Kate Parker-Burgard, Director of the Center for Leadership
On Sunday, Oct. 9, St. Luke’s and Inspirica, a long-standing community partner, hosted the annual One Step Closer to Home Walkathon. Each year, the St. Luke’s community joins together to participate in a 5K walk to raise awareness and funds to help those experiencing homelessness in our area.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of this beloved community event. I had the honor of delivering the morning’s remarks alongside Inspirica CEO Denise Williams. During the opening remarks, St. Luke’s senior Samantha Stevelman was presented with Inspirica’s Youth Volunteer Recognition Award for her years of dedicated service with the organization.
Meeting at the Inspirica office on Franklin St., students, parents/guardians, siblings, and pets joined together to walk the streets of Stamford in support of those experiencing homelessness. Participants held signs that shared the impact of Inspirica’s work, which solicited waves and honks of support from cars and passersby. The 5K wrapped up back at Inspirica’s office with free sno-cones, compliments of Kona Ice Truck.
This year, the One Step Closer to Home Walkathon generated over $25,000 to support Inspirica’s work. This essential contribution was made possible by SLS families' commitment to service.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 35 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.