Walk With Me Rhode Island Raises Over $52,000 for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities & Special Needs

Wakefield, RI — The 12th Annual Walk With Me Rhode Island benefiting Easter Seals RI programs and services was an afternoon to remember, not only for Easter Seals but for all the participants and sponsors too. Nearly 300 dedicated supporters attended the Walk at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, which may be short on mileage but is big on heart on Saturday, May 10, and raised nearly $52,000 for children and young adults who receive services from Easter Seals RI.

Many local and national businesses sponsored the Walk including CVS Caremark, Century 21 Access America, Mass Mutual, Amway, Amy Soucy Photographer, Ice House Florist, Kellogg’s, Kohl’s, Southern RI Newspapers, and T’s Restaurant.

This year’s Walk was extra special, as it fell on Mother’s Day. At Easter Seals RI, we believe that the success of a child not only comes from the therapies received, but from the dedication of families and friends surrounding that child. We wanted to honor all moms, mothers-to-be, and the men and women who were like mother figures to our guests. Our sponsors and vendors helped us pamper moms through numerous booths including: flowers from Ice House Florist in Coventry, Mother’s Day arts and crafts from Love Letters by Emily, and chair massages from Jennifer Wilkicki LMT and Esthetician.

In addition to our special theme, participants enjoyed the carnival-infused atmosphere, complete with opening ceremonies hosted by The Rhode Show’s Brendan Kirby, appearances by Mrs. Rhode Island Adrienne Norberg, Tony the Tiger, and a surprise visit from Elmo, entertainment by Kenny Kool Light and Sound and give-a-ways from our amazing sponsors and vendors such as BeautiControl, Dave and Buster’s, Kangaroo Kids face painting, and pony rides from C&L Stables. Much appreciation for the continued support and delicious food from Cabot Creamery, Colvitto’s Pizza and Bakery, Dunkin Donuts, Panera Bread, Pepsi Beverage Company, Roch’s Fresh Fruits, Subway, and Willow Tree Poultry Farm.

Over 35 teams registered for the Walk including so many new teams such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, Signs of Hope, and our newest Walk With Me Ambassador Early Intervention client Jack who had a team of more than 50 people! In addition, Early Intervention client Mason returned this year with over 30 people walking to support him, and CVS had over 50 walkers attend this year’s event.

“The support we receive from participants, businesses and our sponsors is a vital part to the success of the programs offered at Easter Seals RI,” said Judy Fortier, Director of Development. “It is incredible to see the level of support in this community for children with disabilities and special needs. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!”

If you were unable to attend the Walk and still have donations to turn in, it’s not too late! The money raised supports Easter Seals RI programs and services and ensures that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals RI served more than 500 children and young adults throughout the state last year, and will continue to serve those in need.

For information about Walk With Me Rhode Island or to make a donation, call Jennifer Martin at 401-284-3738 or visit www.walkwithme.org/RhodeIsland. To view photos from this year’s Walk visit, www.facebook.com/EasterSealsRI.


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