Hadley Walk Proves Big Hit

 

Small business owner and consultant, recreational enthusiast, and former member of the BVA Board of Directors Urban Miyares, San Diego Regional Group, kicked off the seventh annual Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk as the event’s Grand Marshall.

Held on a crisp October 6 on the North Shore village of Winnetka some 16 miles north of downtown Chicago, the event attracted more than 120 walkers and dogs. Human participants enjoyed the autumn colors as the endeavored to “strut their mutts” on the two-mile excursion.

Awards were presented for the best costumes and the three largest fundraisers (over $500). Other enticements included complimentary refreshments, trick-or-treat activities, raffle prizes, and awards for the “top dogs” although dogs and costumes were not required for participation.

Proceeds from registration fees, donations, and personal/business sponsors, which totaled more than $22,000, were designated for The Hadley School for the Blind’s Blinded Veterans Initiative. The initiative’s purpose is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and to help support their families. It includes a detailed, three-year official partnership arrangement with the Blinded Veterans Association.

Thanks to generous funding sources, blind and visually impaired veterans, their families, and their service providers can enroll in The Hadley School’s distance education courses tuition-free through the institution’s Adult Continuing Education program.

The Blinded Veterans Initiative complements Hadley’sForsythe Center for Entrepreneurship (FCE), designed to provide individuals who are visually impaired with the knowledge, resources and networking opportunities to advance in their careers or start their own business. A new "Veterans Benefits" Module is now available as part of the FCE and this new initiative. The module demystifies the complexity of veteran benefits including disability compensation, pension, medical care benefits, and survivor benefits. Veteran-specific resources will also be added to the curriculum.

Urban Miyares, Veterans Outreach Specialist for The Hadley School for the Blind and a former BVA Director of District 4, addresses crowd gathered for Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk. Front and center, BVA Region IV Service Officer Daniel Johnson.
Urban Miyares, Veterans Outreach Specialist for The Hadley School for the Blind and a former BVA Director of District 4, addresses crowd gathered for Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk. Front and center, BVA Region IV Service Officer Daniel Johnson.

Visiting blinded veteran trainees from the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center (Hines VA Hospital, also near Chicago) observed and participated in the Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk.
Visiting blinded veteran trainees from the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center (Hines VA Hospital, also near Chicago) observed and participated in the Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk.

Hadley Instructor Ginger Irwin, left, with Daniel Johnson and a young but patriotic dog walk participant.
Hadley Instructor Ginger Irwin, left, with Daniel Johnson and a young but patriotic dog walk participant.

Left to right, Urban Miyares, Daniel Johnson, and BVA Wisconsin Regional Group Life Member Eddie Beamon of Milwaukee. Eddie was one of several current trainees from the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines to participate in the walk.
Left to right, Urban Miyares, Daniel Johnson, and BVA Wisconsin Regional Group Life Member Eddie Beamon of Milwaukee. Eddie was one of several current trainees from the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines to participate in the walk.