Waterfront Properties and Club Communities Top Team in ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’

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The real-estate company and its dedicated group of volunteers raised $8,625 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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The much-anticipated “Walk to Cure Diabetes” brought more than 2,000 supporters of the quest to beat the disease to downtown West Palm Beach on March 2, 2013.

On a chilly morning, bundled-up boys and girls, mothers and fathers, and men and women, strode along a two-mile stretch of Intracoastal Waterway property and showed their spirit. More than 100 teams helped generate donations for the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Team Waterfront Properties and Club Communities finished the race as the top fundraiser, having brought in $8,625. Managing Partner Rob Thomson donated $100 for every walker who joined the team. In addition, each of the “Waterfront Walkers” solicited their own donations, with Thomson dominating the list at $5,000. Kaylee Kelly raised $770, Lorea Thomson raised $400, Brewster and Cindy Kump raised $250, and Michelle Pariseleti raised $235.

“Our original company goal was $5,000, and the ‘Waterfront Walkers’ mightily exceeded it,” said Amy Woods, public-relations director at Waterfront Properties. “I know the cause is near and dear to Rob’s and Lorea’s hearts.” The Thomsons have two children with Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. Bradley, 21, and Taylor, 14, were diagnosed when they were young children.

A total of 45 “Waterfront Walkers,” clad in gray T-shirts bearing the company’s signature turtle logo, turned heads and received cheers along the Flagler Drive route that winds past some of the most picturesque waterfront property in West Palm Beach.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has a mission of eliminating the threat of Type 1 diabetes through advanced research across the globe. It serves patients by developing better and safer treatment methods, and it educates the public about all-important prevention.

Anne Noble, the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter’s senior development coordinator, said more than $132,000 was raised during the walk, exceeding the $256,000 goal.

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