Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dear Walkers and Supporters,

Peace is possible!!! We have raised $106,000 towards our $200,000 goal! We are counting on you. Please remember top 3 fundraising teams, top 3 individual fundraisers, and top 3 student fundraisers will receive Kleen Kanteen water bottles and the top 3 teams will also lead the walk! But your donations have to be in by Saturday. 

We would like to share some important last minute information about the Mother's Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Town Field Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124 (start and end address).

The walk is RAIN OR SHINE!
7:00 am registration starts
8:00 am opening ceremony and remarks
8:30 am walk begins (3.6 miles, seeroute here)
10:30 -11:00 am Closing    
    Performance by Jah-N-I Roots Band 
     Eucharist Offered by The Rt. Rev. M. Tom Shaw, SSJE (all welcome)

Water and bathroom stops:
We encourage everyone to register online and to make theirdonations online  before the walk to reduce registration lines.

If you are part of a team, we also encourage folks to check in with their team captains, collect all donations, and then have one team member submit pledges at registration on Sunday.

Parking is available at 500-520 Geneva Ave Lot in Dorchester also limited street parking is available in Fields Corner.

Please wear purple as our unified visual color for PEACE. Bring purple umbrellas if need be. 

Worship Services after the walk:
Revered Art Lavoie, of First Parish in Dorchester welcomes members of the Unitarians Universalist Congregations who will be in Dorchester for the Mother's Walk to join them for at 11 am. First Parish is located 1/2 mile up Adams Street from the park where the walk begins and ends. Reverend Lavoie would love to have colleagues participate in the service itself. To offer prayer, or give 5 minute reflections on peace it would be a great worship experience for all participants to hear this diversity of voices. or 617-413-8791
The Episcopal  Diocese of Massachusetts and Bishop Tom Shaw will be holding a Eucharistic Service right after the walk at Town Field. All are welcome. For more information please contact:    

There is still time to invest in Peace :
Registration is still open and FREE. Register yourself, friends, and family online.  All participants are encouraged to raise as many pledges as possible to help fund the programs of the Peace Institute, but there is no fundraising minimum to participate. We have over 1000 people registered!
2. Make your donation today! Reduce Registration Lines!   
Donate today and help us meet our $200,000 Walk goal!
We have raised $103,000 so far. Thank you to you all for your hard work!  

3. Its not too late to start a virtual or walking  fundraising team! 
Name your team after your mom! 
After you register, start a team. Set a fundraising goal and increase the impact you make by asking your friends and family to support the Peace Institute with you.  You can personalize your fundraising team page with your own story and message to show others why the Peace Institute is important to you. Learn more here. See a list of teamshere.  
4. Encourage your teammates to make donations online!
We have over 160 teams registered. But many have not reached their fundraising goals yet. Send out a message to your contacts and ask them to support your cause in honor of moms in their life. You can see the list  of teams here.  Make sure when donating, folks select the team to credit their gift to from the drop down menu on the donation form. 
5. See the Zakim Bridge Light Up in Purple May 10-12.
In honor of the 18th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, the Lenny Zakim Bridge will light up purple Mother's Day weekend. 
6. Spread the word!

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace began in 1996 for families who had lost their children to violence. On a day that we celebrate mothers and children, the Walk became a place for families and friends to feel support and love with thousands of others who pledge their commitment to peace. Through the years, it has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the
Sunday, May 11, 2014 
7:00am registration opens.
8:00am opening ceremony.
8:30am Walk begins. 
Town Field Park, Fields Corner 
Dorchester, MA
Street parking available and additional parking available at 500-520 Geneva Ave. lot.  
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute assists and empowers families impacted by violence by providing support to survivors of homicide. Applying their peace curriculum in area schools, the Peace Institute works to instill the value of peace in young people. Through education, collaboration, and policy advocacy, the Peace Institute works to raise awareness of the cause and consequences of violence on the individual, the family, and the community. To learn more visit

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute | 1452 Dorchester Avenue | 3rd floor | Dorchester | MA | 02122

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