Angel Wings Walk/Run event surpasses fundraising goal

The Angel Wings 2023 Walk/Run took place Oct. 14 at City Park in Weiser. Last week, Executive Director Mabel Dobbs reported the event exceeded fundraising goals. Photo by Philip A. Janquart

An annual attraction at the Angel Wings Walk/Run fundraiser is this horse, which always garners lots of attention from adults and kids alike. The 2023 event exceeded its goal of $25,000, bringing in $27,000. Photo by Philip A. Janquart
Philip A. Janquart
Mabel Dobbs was too wound up to take a nap following the 12th annual Angel Wings Network Walk/Run held on Oct. 14, but later that night she was out like a light – for the next nine hours.
 But that was to be expected after months of planning and prepping for the fundraiser, the proceeds of which help support the nonprofit’s programs and services offered to cancer patients and their families.
 “I think I must have been tired,” Dobbs joked following her brief hibernation. “I’m doing pretty good now, though. I think I’ll be Ok.”
 She is doing even better now that the final tally from the fundraiser has come in. On Friday, she reported that the original goal of $25,000 had been surpassed by $2,000, for a total of $27,000.
 “The Lord watches over Mabel Dobbs and Angel Wings,” she told the Signal American.
 The outlook had not been quite as positive before last week, however, especially in light of increasing demand for Angel Wings’ services and consumer prices that are making it harder to stretch available funds. 
 Until recently, gas prices had been skyrocketing and although they have relaxed some, are projected to begin climbing again soon. The price of fuel affects how many gas cards Angel Wings can distribute to patients needing transportation to and from appointments and treatments, a service that is in high demand.
 “We were sitting at about $19,000 and I thought we may hit $20,000 by the end of the month, but we weren’t sure what would happen,” said Dobbs who noted that she counts all donations received in October toward the Walk/Run fundraising goal.
 But God works in mysterious ways.
 Back in September, Dobbs reached out to a contact in Washington, D.C. who promised to make a donation last August, but had yet to do so. Her follow-up letter resulted in a $7,500 donation that unexpectedly arrived, and just in time.
 “We are blessed and I’m just really excited,” she said. “I say a lot of prayers and write a lot of ‘Thank You’s.’”
 Angel Wings was in a similar situation in 2022, a $5,000 check showing up a couple weeks before the event, allowing the organization to reach its $20,000 target at that time.
 “The Angel Wings board and all of our volunteers would like to thank everyone who participated and donated this year,” Dobbs said. “We want to thank all of our walkers and runners, and I would like to thank all of our volunteers. It was a very successful event this year and we couldn’t do any of this without their contributions and dedication.”
 Winners from the Oct. 14 Walk/Run:
 Best dressed pet: 1st place - Malissa Foster-Barnum/Pink Great Dane; 2nd place - Pat Rhodes.
 Best costume: Beta Sigma Phi/NuMaster Chapter.
 Most senior: Nancy Costancia (75).
 Largest group: Weiser Memorial Hospital.
 Fastest 1 mile: Sue Waite.
 Fastest 5k: Blake Hernandez and Spencer Souza.
 For more information, call (208) 414-9464, or visit



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