BY: RACHEL WUMKES
One Vision started as a dream of people in North Iowa who believed individuals with developmental disabilities deserved a better life. In 1966, a local group incorporated a non-profit organization and called it Handicap Village. In 1969 they started fundraising for land to build homes where they could live, and in 1970 the first YOUTH march was organized. They ended up with approximately 1500 walkers who walked the 10 mile stretch from either Mason City or Garner to Clear Lake. From this effort, they raised $12,000.
Fast forward 50 years, and the One Vision Walk is still an incredible fundraising effort for our area. To date, the event has raised an estimated $1,955,000. If the goal is met for this year, that total will teeter just above the $2 Million mark over the course of the past five decades.
It’s an incredible accomplishment, and something One Vision and the people of North Iowa should be extremely proud of!
This year, the annual fundraising walk will be held on Saturday, September 21st in Clear Lake’s beautiful City Park. Organizers are hoping for a reunion of sorts, as many of the initial planners, walkers, and founders are coming together to walk and join in the celebration. Throughout the afternoon, there will be live music by The Hepperly Band (4-7PM), food trucks, a bounce house, and refreshments. A portion of the proceeds from these efforts will go to One Vision.
And for those of you wishing to participate, here is a rundown of the day’s events:
3PM: Registration for the Walk and Human Foosball
3:30PM: Opening Ceremonies: Walk and Human Foosball to immediately follow
The Walk will be a one-mile loop around Clear Lake. However, we challenge you to walk the 10 miles the original youth marchers did by walking 10 loops. For each loop walked, your name will be entered into the drawing to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! There are also different levels of prizes for those who contribute the most to their fundraising efforts.
The public is invited to join, and we hope to see City Park filled with people celebrating 50 Years of this spectacular event, so they can keep the vision of the founders alive.
Three ‘Sharing A Vision’ Partners of the walk are Dean Snyder Construction, CL Tel, and Clear Lake Bank and Trust who all help make Saturday possible. As well as GOLD sponsors CENT, Curries/ASSA ALBOY, and POET Biofinery.
For more information or to register a Human Foosball Team or donate to this fabulous cause, please go to: www.ovbenefitwalk.org
In case of inclement weather the event will be held at One Vision’s Kinney Lindstrom Center at 1200 N. 9th St. W in Clear Lake.
See you at the Lake!