Mews Tavern Gear 'N' Beer 6.9K Raises Over $35,000 for ESRI

Wakefield, RI -- The 15th Annual Mews Tavern Gear 'N' Beer 6.9K road race held on November 23, hosted over 1,500 runners and hundreds of spectators, and raised over $35,000 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, 42 kegs of beer, over 60 raffles items, and vendor booths. 

Congratulations to the top three runners: Matt P. of West Greenwich, RI (21:08), William S. of Wethersfield, CT (21:26), and Bronson V. of Wyoming, RI (23:11), and the top female runner -- who came in fourth place overall -- Kaela O. of North Kingstown, RI (25:20). 

The Gear 'N' Beer 6.9K sponsored by Denali, Manic Training South County, Belmont Market, Stedman's Bike ShopSouthern RI Newspapers, and UnitedHealthcare supports Easter Seals RI Early Intervention services and the 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 Outpatient program provides 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 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 road race allows Easter Seals to provide critically needed services for over 550 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 RI 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 RI served over 500 children through Early Intervention services and the Pediatric Outpatient program. For more information about Easter Seals RI, please call 401-284-1000 or visit

Please visit, for photos of the event, and don’t forget to save-the-date for the 16th Annual Gear ‘N’ Beer on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

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