May 15, 2014 at 6:55 AM
VERONA/LIVINGSTON – More than 750 people participated in the May 4 “Walk for a Lifetime,” which raised more than $100,000 to benefit The Children’s Institute.
One event guest, U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th District) said, "TCI is an amazing organization--they do some amazing things."
“We’re so thankful to our sponsors, committee members, team leaders, and participants who made TCI’s Walk for a Lifetime a great success,” said TCI Director of Development Diane Berry. “We came together on Sunday, not only to have a fun-filled day, but also to raise greatly-needed funds for the programs and services at The Children’s Institute. We couldn’t have been successful without everyone who participated and contributed!”
Walkers of all ages, as well as teams of participants, walked around the scenic Verona Park to benefit children and adults on the autism spectrum. Many walked in teams in honor of a friend or family member. Guests also enjoyed carnival games, face painting, food, raffles and vendors.
The Children’s Institute’s annual Walk for a Lifetime benefits the school, which serves preschool children to young adults on the autism spectrum at its locations in Verona and Livingston. In addition, the event benefits TCI’s Center for Independence for adults on the spectrum, which is located in Livingston.
The money is still coming in, but Berry has said that already at least $100,000 has been raised to benefit the schools, adult program and the many special programs offered.
“Autism is the fastest growing developmental disease in the United States,” Berry noted. “New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation: one in 48 children, one in 28 boys, is diagnosed.”
“We ask that you consider investing in the children and adults we serve,” Berry said.
“Your contribution toward our efforts is vital so we can provide our children and adults with the programs and services they need to maximize their potential and help them become productive and contributing members of their community.”