Mews Tavern Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K Races Through Wakefield to Raise Over $80,000 for Easter Seals Rhode Island

Wakefield, RI -- The 14th Annual Mews Tavern Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K road race held on November 24th, was a record breaking event that had 2,249 registered runners, over 1,000 spectators, and raised over $80,000 for Easter Seals RI.

Following the race everyone gathered for a gigantic post-race celebration, hosted by Mews Tavern, for the runners complete with BBQ buffet presented by Belmont Fruit, Performance Food Service, Blount Fine Foods, Toppas Foodservice and Paper Supply, Thurston Foods, Pepsi, and Trimark, ten different microbrews, 30 raffles items, and vendors booth including Krave Jerky, B Positive Project, Orange Leaf, Denali, Smith Optic, Raw Bob’s, and A&B Appliance.

Congratulations to first place runner William Sanders (15:39), second place Matt Pelletier (15:50), and third place Mike Fisher (15:54), as well as the top three female runners Kim Chula-Maguire (19:22), Megan Jaswell (20:00), and Cassie Olson (20:12).

The Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K sponsored by Denali, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Gallo Thomas Insurance, Southern RI Newspapers, B Positive Project, and UnitedHealthcare supports Easter Seals RI Early Intervention services and the Pediatric Outpatient program.

Early Intervention services provide children birth to age three with a comprehensive evaluation to detect early developmental delays in learning, language, motor and social skills, as well as education and therapy services to help them reach their full potential at an early age. The Pediatric Outpatient programs provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to children and young adults from birth to twenty-one-years-old in the Washington County area and surrounding towns. The Pediatric Outpatient program is crucial because it helps clients with a variety of needs receive the therapy required to allow them to lead a more independent life.

“We are very fortunate to have the Mews Tavern support our programs and be a true community partner,” says Judy Fortier, Easter Seals RI Director of Development. “The Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K allows Easter Seals to provide critically needed services for over 500 children and young adults with disabilities. We deeply appreciate that the Mews Tavern shares our belief that all kids deserve the chance to learn, build lifelong skills, and get the very best start in life.

Easter Seals Rhode Island provides exceptional services to ensure that children and young adults with disabilities or special needs and their families have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Last year, Easter Seals Rhode Island served over 500 children through Early Intervention services and the Pediatric Outpatient program. For more information about Easter Seals Rhode Island, please call 401-284-1000 or visit

Please visit, for photos of the event, and don’t forget to save-the-date for the 15th Annual Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K on Sunday, November 23, 2014.


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