Brooklyn Community Services Raises over $47,000 at ONE BK Unite Walk-A-Thon

Brooklyn Community Services Raises over $47,000 at ONE BK Unite Walk-A-Thon
Held in Prospect Park on September 25

 ONE BK Unite Ambassadors Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood,
Writer-Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis and Volunteers
Walked to Raise Funds for BCS Programs and Clients

 ONE BK Unite Awards Presented to Top Fundraising Teams, Groups, Individuals and Dog Categories

 Brooklyn, NY (October 3, 2016) — Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) ONE BK Unite raised over $47,000 for BCS programs and clients at the Prospect Park walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 25. The walk included participants like Brooklyn’s Hollywood couple Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Anna Wood (USA’s “Falling Water”), the ONE BK Unite Ambassadors, and writer-image activist Michaela Angela Davis, a member of the BCS Board of Directors.

The monies raised at the ONE BK Unite walk will go directly to BCS programs and services. BCS wants to change the math for the 23% of Brooklyn residents who are living in poverty. BCS Top fundraisers were presented awards at the event. The BCS Program Team winners , comprised of BCS staffers and clients,  were Community for All ($2,010) and East New York Family Dreamwalkers ($1,335).  The Group Winners were BK Winots ($3,010), Soul Steppers ($2,360) and Con Ed BCS Walk team ($1,615).   Individual top fundraisers were Lorraine DiPaolo, Claude Pierre-Louis and Janelle Farris, who each raised between $3,000 – $4,000. For the dog category, the top fundraising dog was Rocco, who helped owner Dana Simmons-Greco raise $940.

ONE BK Unite was a fun, family event. Attendees, including BCS staffers and clients, walked either one mile or 3.5 miles throughout the park.  There was an energetic warm up yoga session provided by SYNCStudio Bklyn, giveaway prizes, face painting for children and a DJ. Dogs were also part of the ONE BK Unite walk.

Ambassadors DeHaan and Wood, who are Williamsburg residents, strolled with their petite mixed-breed rescue dog, Franny, an adorable rescue pup from California. DeHaan had won raves as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in smash “Amazing Spider-Man 2”and co-starred in the Beat Poet biopic “Kill Your Darlings” with Daniel Radcliffe. In 2017, he will be seen as Valerian in the eagerly awaited Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) sci-fi flick “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Wood, who has appeared in “Mad Men” and “House of Lies,” is now co-starring in the USA Network sci-fi thriller “Falling Water.”

“By supporting the ONE BK Unite walk we are hoping to bring awareness to the 23% of Brooklynites living in poverty,” said DeHaan. “We want to show our love and support for them and the work that Brooklyn Community Services provides.”

Also joining the ONE BK Unite walk was Michaela Angela Davis, the noted CNN and BET News contributor, writer-image activist and member of the BCS Board of Directors. Davis is a longtime Brooklyn resident and community activist. “Poverty affects everyone,” said Davis. “I believe that people in Brooklyn need to get involved in their communities. We are all connected. Our destinies are intertwined.”

The lead sponsor for ONE BK Unite was PVH. Other sponsors included: New York Mets, SYNCStudio Bklyn, Equinox, The Vale Collective and JUST Water.  Each ONE BK Unite participant received a gift  bag with: BCS water bottle, Walk T Shirt, New York Mets rallying towel and T shirt, Speedo Goggles, KIND Granola Bar and bottle of JUST Water.

The ONE BK Unite walk is part of the BCS 150th anniversary.  ONE BK Unite brings together hundreds of Brooklynites, from all neighborhoods, to walk or donate for this annual event benefitting the work of BCS. The funds raised sustains the 23 BCS programs and services for our 13,000 Brooklynite clients living in poor and low income neighborhoods. For more information, check out www.onebkunite.org