ATC Raises $29,000 for the Park

News // December 11, 2017

Participants in FOW’s All Trails Challenge this fall raised $29,000. All 246 Challengers hiked, walked, biked, ran, and rode on horseback to raise funds for the continued preservation of Wissahickon Valley Park. The All Trails Challenge was an exciting months-long event that invited park users to explore all 50 miles of its scenic trails. Challengers raised money for the Wissahickon by inviting their friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor them. The Challenge ran from September 7 to November 28, and included a fun kickoff party, mileage and fundraising incentives, lots of give-aways, and scheduled hikes and walks with great prizes, including exclusive vacations for our top mileage and fundraising participants.

Top Fundraiser Gene Bishop



Gene Bishop – $3,200


PC Hikes – $1,532.50


Josh Hibbs – 470 miles

“The All Trails Challenge in 2017 surpassed the success of ATC 2016 with FOW Challengers raising $4,000 more than last year,” says Executive Director Maura McCarthy, who led several hikes during the ATC, a fun way for participants to reach the 50 mile goal. “FOW is grateful to everyone who participated as a Challenger or a sponsor. We can’t care for the Wissahickon without your support.”

All funds raised by the All Trails Challenge will support the preservation of Wissahickon Valley Park by FOW as we restore historical park structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails. Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated, including FOW Trail Ambassadors who led ATC hikes and volunteers who helped at Challenge events. Make your plans now to join us for the All Trails Challenge 2018!

by Denise Larrabee, Editor