Easter Seals "Walk With Me & 5K Run” Event at MetLife Stadium

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, members of the Hudson County and North Jersey community are being asked to take the first step toward making a difference in the life of someone with a disability or special need and partner with CVS Caremark, Century 21, MassMutual and other local sponsors to walk – or run! – with Easter Seals New Jersey in its 3rd Annual “Walk With Me & 5K Run” event.

Easter Seals provides various disability services to nearly 7,000 New Jersey families with autism and other developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, and other special needs.

The event, being held at MetLife Stadium, Home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, begins with registration at 8:30 am and the walk/5K race will kick off at 10:00 am on the 50‐yard line by event emcee and entertainment reporter for CBS 2 News, Katie McGee. Guests will also have a chance to meet and walk alongside Easter Seals New Jersey’s eight event Ambassadors ‐ people whose lives have been impacted by Easter Seals and the services it provides.

“The walk will raise critically needed funds for programs that enable thousands of children and adults with disabilities and special needs to live the best quality of life possible,” says Brian Fitzgerald, CEO and President of Easter Seals New Jersey. “Last year, over 500 individuals participated. This year, we’re expecting even more since we are fortunate to be able to host the event at a venue like MetLife Stadium. We need to reach a minimum fundraising goal of $100,000 and we’re counting on the support of our communities to help us get there.”

In addition to the health benefits the event provides, exciting festivities for the entire family will take place before and after including a kid’s fun football toss on the field, a health fair on the sidelines, race prize awards for top runners in a variety of age categories, music, and more. All walkers will also receive a T‐shirt and other prize incentives based on their levels of sponsorship or funds raised.

“We’re grateful for the sponsorship of CVS stores throughout the state and their commitment to forming teams, as well as Century 21’s sponsorship. We couldn’t do this without the support of all our sponsors and donors,” Fitzgerald says. “All of our eight ambassadors refuse to allow their disabilities to prevent them from living life. They’re walking for equality, dignity and independence and we’re asking members of the community to walk alongside them to demonstrate the importance of understanding, accepting and embracing the special characteristics that make all of us unique – and valuable – individuals. “Everyone can help. Even if they’re unable to join us, they can help by sponsoring someone who’s walking or by making a donation at walkwithme.org/nj,” he added.

To register to walk, or for information on sponsoring a walker or making a donation, please visit www.walkwithme.org/nj.

Additional inquiries regarding corporate sponsorship, donation of prizes or other giveaways should be directed to event manager Michelle Kasper at 732-955‐8368 or by email to mikasper@nj.easterseals.com.