Princeton, NJ, July 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Eden Autism Services’ 9th annual Eden Autism 5k Race and 1-Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Munich Re, took place on July 15th and shattered last year’s fundraising record with more than $152,000 raised to date.
Held at the Princeton Forrestal Village, the event was filled with plenty of fun and entertainment, including music, games and prizes. Prior to the race, Matthew McEntee, a student at Eden Institute, participated in the flag ceremony while his brother Michael wowed the crowd with a beautiful rendition of our national anthem.
Both the 5K and the Fun Run began with a shotgun start by Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu. Race Director Curt Emmich of Princeton Forrestal Center and the Eden Autism 5K committee did a fantastic job organizing the many runners, walkers, volunteers and guests who attended the event. Emmich thanked the dozens of individuals and companies who sponsored the race and/or provided in-kind donations or donated items for the raffle.
“We are extremely grateful to all those who contributed to help make this race a success,” says Emmich. “Thanks to our generous community, we have exceeded last year’s record breaking proceeds.”
Dr. Tom McCool, President & CEO of Eden Autism Services, thanked the crowd and Munich Re. He stated that in addition to its corporate sponsorship of the race, the Munich Re employees, through various fundraising efforts, raised more than $21,800.
Tony Kuczinski, Chairman and CEO of Munich Reinsurance America remarked “Eden’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families with autism. It is with the help of people like you that those affected can receive the quality education and quality care that they deserve.”
The first place male finisher was 34 year old Atilla Sabahoglu of Somerset. He ran the course in 16 minutes 38 seconds. The first place female finisher was 20 year old Lara Segoski of Belle Mead. She ran the course in 18 minutes 17seconds. Both overall winners received trophies and $100 gift certificates.
Eden Adult Services participant Chris Dougherty, 27, of Howell, NJ, received an award for being the first Eden participant finisher. He ran the race in 33 minutes 15 seconds. Dougherty is employed through one of Eden’s adult employment centers. Also participating in the event were the Windrows Wonders. The Windrows Wonders are a team of walkers from the Princeton Windrows, a retirement independent living community located in Princeton adjacent to Princeton Forrestal Village. For the fifth consecutive year, the Windrows Wonders have participated in the Eden Fun Run. This year, more than 130 Princeton Windrows residents, staff and family members supported the event through donations and registrations and raised over $7,200, breaking their previous record.
Since 1975, the not-for-profit Eden Autism Services has provided early intervention, education, employment training and residential services for children and adults with autism. Eden offers both in-person and online support and training programs for families and professionals. Recognized nationally, Eden is headquartered in Princeton, NJ. For more information about Eden visit www.edenautism.org or call (609) 987-0099. Follow Eden on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and EdWeb.