Thursday, August 5, 2010


East Stroudsburg - The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will host (the first ever) Monroe County Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday, November 20th at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates as Silver Sponsors of this event are proud to be a part of the thousands of bells that will ring in the air as people in more than 200 cities across the country tie jingle bells to their laces and join in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis.

What entertained us most about getting involved is that it's a family event. It's estimated that about 40% of the people participating will be families and close to half of them have arthritis in one form or another.

The event is being marketed by the sponsors themselves and they are planning on promoting the day through local radio, newspapers, signage, websites, electronic communication and collateral marketing materials such as brochures, newsletters and posters. All told, rain or snow, it's sure to be a winner.

Statistics show that 46 million Americans are living with arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. It's been said that 1 in 3 people in Pennsylvania have arthritis. It's a little known fact that arthritis affects people in all age groups including over 11,000 children in Pennsylvania alone.

As the nation's leading cause of disability, arthritis costs more than $128 billion annually--$43 billion in lost wages and time off from work.

"I'm proud to say that all the proceeds from the event go to support the research, programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation" said Dennis Mooney, Board Member.

Dennis Mooney, an Assoc Broker and Recruiter from the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates and a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation is one of the chairpersons that will host the Monroe County Jingle Bell Run/Walk on November 20th. "I've been involved with the Arthritis Foundation for a number of years and have participated in events with them before, but nothing has big as the Jingle Bell Run/Walk", said Mooney.

The donations from Wilkins & Associates come from "casual Fridays". The Realtors and employees are able to wear blue jeans or business-casual clothing on Fridays and they pay $5.00 to do so. The money collected goes into the Sunshine Fund (as it's called) and is then divided between different charities. The charities are picked during the monthly Supervisors' meetings. "The organizations we support and which events the Better Homes and Gardens team will participate with and how much they will donate is decided by the Supervisors" said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO. This is the second year that Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates will be a sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter's goal is to raise $10,000 in 2010.

When: Saturday, November 20th, 2010
8 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony / Warm-ups - stretch
9:45 a.m. Kids Fun Run
10:00 a.m. Start of Race
11:00 a.m. Awards Reception

Where: East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA

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