Friends of Princess Fiona | Buddy Walk
This How Charming Photography and Design Community Outreach Initiative was organized by Model Ambassador Zoie Phegley, junior at Linton-Stockton High School. The event took place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds.
The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk® has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 Walks planned for 2015 worldwide. In 2014, nearly $13 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.
Be sure to check out further details on our fan facebook page to raise awareness.
THANK YOU to our 2016 Event Sponsors
Ellettsville Dental Center
Nicky’s Hair Network
Landis Excavating, Inc.
Landis Equipment & Tool Rental
FLH Mill, LLC. / Ferree Log Homes
Mike and Jane Steward
Totally Whipped Cupcakery
J Ken and Tammy Wright – Abby and Molly
Kevin and Michelle Wright
Jathan and Krystal Wright – Morgan and Ellie
Andy and Shandi Wilson – Aiden and Adley
In Zoie’s Words …
“My name is Zoie Phegley. I’ve lived in Linton my entire life. My parents are Jerry and Jill Phegley. I am 16 years old and a junior at Linton-Stockton High School. I play basketball for the Lady Miners.
I was in second grade when I started having interests in special needs children. I’m not sure where it came from, it’s just the way I was. I made friends with different special needs children and tried to look out for them. I was in second grade when I started to get interested in wanting to be a teacher. Not long after talking about being a teacher, I knew I wanted to teach special needs.
I started Volunteering at the Special Olympics in Terre Haute three years ago. I’ve wanted to participate in a Buddy Walk for some time but it just hadn’t worked out. This year I really wanted to be sure I done the Buddy Walk. I wanted to do something to make it special. My mom’s friend has a granddaughter, Fiona, who has Down’s Syndrome. My mom talked to her and her family agreed to my plans.
That’s when I decided to put a group together to walk at the Buddy Walk in Bloomington at the Monroe County Fairgrounds September 25, 2016 at 1pm. I am having shirts printed for “Friends of Princess Fiona,” and trying to earn enough money to do something special for Fiona. We plan to make her a Princess for the day. I’m really excited about this and it feels good to do something for others.”
Due to the generosity of sponsors, etc. … This initiative was able to make Fiona a ‘Princess for a Day’. She received a special tiara, magic wand, a learning iPad mini, iTunes gift card, and special case (adorned with an event logo donated by Shad’s Signs).
Quote From Jill Phegley:
“There have been so many family, friends, co-workers, businesses that contributed to making Friends of Princess Fiona a success! In fear of leaving someone out I want to put out the most sincere Thank You, to each and everyone who supported this cause in any way, small or big! The hearts of so many have been such a blessing to Zoie, Heather, myself (Jill) and especially to Princess Fiona and her family! God Bless, each and everyone of you!”