Sunday, October 1, 2023

Local nonprofit declares success in recent fundraising

Have you ever heard of the Mud Puddle Challenge?

For one, it involves mud.

And, it’s for a good cause.

It’s a fundraiser by Child Development Resources, a local nonprofit that serves more than 1,400 young children and their families in the Historic Triangle each year by providing individualized therapies and early intervention services to ensure that every child, no matter their circumstances, can reach their full potential.

CDR recently had its Mud Puddle Challenge, and it raised more than $40,000 for the organization.

The event replaced the CDR SuperHero 5K for this year, which had to be canceled because of the coronavirus.

“This event was unlike anything else going on in our community, and it’s obvious that our supporters and the community as a whole embraced the fun nature of it,” Paul Scott, CDR’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response. As we were raising money for CDR, we were having fun and doing it safely and virtually together.”

The event is as simple as it comes.

The CDR Mud Puddle Challenge recruited teams and individuals to raise money “and then celebrate their fundraising goal by jumping in a mud puddle,” according to a news release from the organization.

The Mud Puddle Challenge was sponsored by The Mamon Family – Maddox, Bo, Britta and David—who recently moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Maddox and Bo both received services from CDR.

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Child Development Services)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Child Development Services)

CDR has played a very important role in our lives, and we were so excited to be a part of this fundraiser,” David said.

Other sponsors included: Sentara Medical Affairs Staff; Toano Contractors; Branscome, Inc.; Leon and Judy Salzman; Henry S. Branscome, Inc.; Betsy Anderson; Ripley’s Believe It or Not!; ShareIdeas Creative; Williams Landscaping & Design; WMBG; Williamsburg Families, and Next Door Neighbor’s magazine, according to CDR.

For more information about the organization, click here.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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