Easter Seals Annual Walk With Me to Raise Funds and Awareness

A Family Event for All Fitness Levels.

Allentown, PA, June 02, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Easter Seals’ annual Walk With Me is a family fitness walk that may be short on mileage, but is big on heart. On Wednesday evening, June 17, 2009, beginning at 4:00 p.m., Walk With Me registered walkers will enjoy a Resource Fair, activities for kids, a puppet show and complimentary hot dogs and cookies. The 1-mile accessible walk and the 3-mile Family Fun Walk kick off at 6:15 p.m. Guaranteed to be a fun-filled event, all proceeds from Allentown’s Walk With Me support Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania’s programs and services for people living with disabilities in our community.

Ferrous the Iron Pigs mascot will provide entertainment and photo opportunities. Students from the Lehigh Carbon Community College Early Education Program will be on hand to help out with children’s games and crafts. Walk alongside the Easter Seals Honorary Ambassadors and learn from the families more about the scope of work Easter Seals provides in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.

There’s still time to register to walk or to support a local walking team with a donation. Please go online to www.walkwithme.org/allentown.

This year’s Resource Fair will feature about 25 community-minded businesses that provide information and services including Lehigh and Northampton County Early Intervention, Lehigh Valley Child Care, Tri State Advocacy Project, Bayada Nurses, Lear Educational Center, Lehigh Valley Family magazine, Usborne Books & More, TD Bank, State Senator Pat Browne, Hope Lock Kennels, Capital Blue Cross, Miracle League, the Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern PA, and Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, and others.

Joining the Resource Fair will be Easter Seals Honorary Ambassadors Zachary, Seth, Mackenzie and Cheyenne along with their families. Each family will have a story to share about their Easter Seals experience offering help, hope and answers to other families. National sponsors include CVS Caremark, Century 21, Amway Global and Mass Mutual Financial Group. This year’s Grand Marshall is Bennett Automotive Group joining local sponsors Sunburst Property Management, The Air Products Foundation, Altitude Marketing, UGI Gas, Capital Blue Cross, Olympus and United Way of Berks County.

Prior to the walk, there will be a graduation ceremony for two young children who are moving on from the Easter Seals pre-school to kindergarten. These children have worked closely with Easter Seals teachers and therapists to grow, develop and reach the milestone of moving on to kindergarten.
Media is invited to attend.

About Easter Seals
Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania provides programs and services to more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities annually. Money raised through Walk With Me supports programs that make a difference for people with disabilities including early intervention, medical rehabilitation, community medical clinics and camping and recreation programs. For more information please visit www.esep.easterseals.com. Or email info@easterseals-easternpa.org.

In 2008, Allentown’s Walk with Me raised over $45,000 with about 300 walkers. The goal this year is to raise $60,000 to support the local Easter Seals programs. Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania’s Walk With Me is one of about fifty Walk With Me events taking place all over the country.

For more information, please contact:
Marcia Theodoredis
610-289-0114 ext. 222

Gwen Hoover
610-421-8601 ext. 4

Altitude Marketing
Paige Clapp