DOWNEY - The Sean Vernon Feliciano Amazing Day Foundation is preparing for its second annual Walk for Life taking place Sept. 10.The foundation hopes to attract 1,000 walkers this year, double last year's attendance. The walk begins at Stonewood Center and proceeds north on Lakewood Boulevard, east on Florence Avenue and then south on Woodruff Avenue to return to Stonewood. Last year's fundraiser netted more than $10,000, which was donated to UC Santa Barbara to fund a pilot program that employs an intern counselor for the college's Greek Societies. The intern puts on presentations throughout the year for each Greek chapter and provides support for students suffering from depression and other mental health issues. "The foundation continues to work with UCSB with the goal of seeking answers on how to reduce the loss of college students' lives to suicide," said Bob Feliciano, who, with his son Chris, has begun working with other institutions to help further the goals of the foundation. "As the foundation continues to grow, it is our goal to create a network throughout California, and eventually the nation, of colleges that provide direct support to their student bodies. Research is also another factor the foundation wishes to focus on but will not be able to expand into until additional financial support is secured." The Amazing Day Foundation is also participating in a contest to secure $250,000 in the Vivint Gives Back Project. The organization with the most votes wins the grand prize. Supporters of the Amazing Day Foundation can visit its website at amazingdayfoundation.org and click to the Vivint banner to vote. In addition to the grand prize, regional winners win $100,000. "We have a real good chance of winning our region if people remember to vote daily and share with their friends," Bob Feliciano said. The foundation is currently ranked 10th in the Pacific region. For more information on the Vivint contest or the second annual Walk for Life, visit amazingdayfoundation.org. A registration and donation page will be live in the next few weeks, Feliciano said. To reach Bob Feliciano directly, call (562) 869-0660.
********** Published: June 30, 2011 - Volume 11 - Issue 10