Barbara Allyn, a Corcoran Platinum Living Realtor, embarked on a two day Grand Canyon expedition to raise money for the Phoenix chapter of Friendship Circle.
Ms. Allyn raised $2,600 and was among the top five fundraisers in the Hike 4 Friendship 2021 campaign that helped Valley families experiencing increased stress and isolation from lack of available aid since the pandemic severely impacted individuals with special needs and their families as changing restrictions reduced access to in-person care and additional services.
Thirteen women participated in the campaign, raising $34,000 to support Friendship Circle, an international non-profit organization that supports individuals with special needs, according to a press release.
“Hiking into and out of the Grand Canyon was challenging, but it was worth every minute to support an organization that is special to me because, I not only had the opportunity to challenge myself, but also the opportunity to help and support those less fortunate than me.
This experience allowed me to provide support for the many teen volunteers that continue to donate their time by spending time with the special needs kids through activities, camps and educational projects created by the Friendship Circle staff” said Ms. Allyn in a prepared statement.
“Thank you to everyone who donated. Your support and donations continues to help children with special needs and teen volunteers form a bond that can last a lifetime.”
Joined by five others and a guide for the hike, the Scottsdale Realtor hiked the Grand Canyon, completing the three-mile hike down and then three miles back up at Bright Angel and a portion of the South Kaibab trails in the two days this group was at the Canyon, the release said.
“We are grateful to have Barbara on our team because her involvement in the community is inspiring and important to Corcoran Platinum Living’s culture, where we strive to support and help each other,” said Michelle Macklin, Corcoran Platinum Living co-founder, in a prepared statement.
“We are proud of all the hard work, training, and preparation she put into this fundraiser to support Friendship Circle.”