Team Westford, minus the Gambale family (courtesy: Katrina Avila Munichello)

Team Westford Shines at FARE Walk

The following was submitted by Katrina Avila Munichello. To submit your own content, e-mail the editor at [email protected]

On October 5th, 46 walkers from Westford made a big appearance at the FARE Walk for Food Allergies in Hopkinton, Mass. Just two years ago, Westford was represented by a few families who walked on their own. Now Westford has fielded the largest walk team for the past two years and made their mark with fundraising.

Captained by Abbot School 4th grader Roman Munichiello, the team gathered at Hopkinton State Park on a beautiful autumn afternoon. The team was recognized as the #1 fundraising team of the entire walk, bringing in more than $5,500. The team also received an award for raising the most money in a single week. The prize was a four course dinner for two at Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley. (The team raffled off the prize to one of the walkers.)

Team Westford, minus the Gambale family (courtesy: Katrina Avila Munichello)

Team Westford, minus the Gambale family (courtesy: Katrina Avila Munichello)

Three of Team Westford’s members were recognized as Northeast Champions for raising more than $500 individually: Jodie Sands Zwirn, Jeremiah Small Jr. and Roman Munichiello. Becky Sencabaugh of Becky’s Bag Shop and Jennifer Schaeffer of Jamberry Nails both made contributions to the team’s efforts.

The FARE Walk day gives families the time to connect with others with allergies and offers fun activities including giveaways, music and activities for the kids. The Hopkinton walk generated $100,000 for food allergy research and education.

Team Westford was organized by the Westford Food Allergy Network. To learn more about the group visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/Westfordallergy/.