Kate Wenzel '22 Speaks to Local Middle School about NEDA Walk

This week, MBS senior Kate Wenzel ’22 spoke to middle school students at Kent Place School about the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) walk that she is organizing for the state of New Jersey in Montclair on Saturday, May 14.  Kate took on the role of walk organizer as part of her Senior Project, and her event is now projected to be the organization’s biggest in the country, surpassing Los Angeles and Boston with a fundraising goal of $45,000.

“At this point, it’s much more than my Senior Project,” she said. “In my brain, it’s my full-time job.”

Kate meets weekly with the other walk coordinators from across the country and is in charge of overseeing every aspect of the event — from securing insurance and finding sponsors, to managing the budget, hiring the DJ, and running the social media accounts. Last week, she met former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who signed an NFL football that NEDA will raffle off at the walk.

As part of her presentation to middle schoolers at Kent Place, Kate discussed the mission on NEDA, which is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. She told the students that the walk is especially important in the wake of the pandemic since there has been a dramatic increase in calls to the helpline during COVID. At the same time, the organization wasn’t able to host NEDA Walks — its main source of fundraising.

Proceeds from the walk will help fund the NEDA Information & Treatment Option Helpline, the Feeding Hope Fund for clinical research, the online screening tool, programming for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Body Acceptance Week, NEDAPride, NEDA Campus Warriors, and the NEDACon regional conference to help those struggling with eating disorders.

This spring’s walk will be held at Brookdale Park in Montclair on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon; registration starts at 9:30. For more information about the walk, please click here

For more information about NEDA, visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.


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