“I believe it is important to participate and to promote these events among the staff and among anybody connected with The Floating Hospital, because initiatives like this create awareness about the clinic and its mission,” says Ivan Romero, director of the Families in Temporary Housing outreach program. Romero formed a five-person team from his division and walked the Queensboro Bridge together with a goal to raise at least $400. “When our patients see our dedication and devotion for the wellbeing of families living in shelters, they get a sense that there are organizations like ours that will advocate for them and be with them during difficult times in their lives.”
Not to be outdone, other walk teams formed, too, like Sreeta Quintana’s quintet from the operations staff. Naming themselves the “TFH United Warriors,” they exceed their goal of raising $600 by at least 30%. Yet another team organized in the name of devoted Floating Hospital board chair, Carol Campbell, who recently was diagnosed with brain cancer. With 25 members, “Team Carol” planned to walk the Central Park reservoir and raise $5,000 in her honor.
Though the walk pivoted from its original design, it demonstrated that with a little creative thinking, The Floating Hospital’s 150-year-old mission still marches strong.
The Floating Hospital thanks all who have supported the first annual walk, with special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Wunderman Thompson and lead “Block Sponsors” Alera Group, Greiner-Maltz and Lamb Insurance Services.
— Amy Zavatto