17th Annual Strides for DisABILITY Oct. 21st
Leading the Way are Actor/Comedians Nic Novicki, Johnny Cardinale & Brian Swinehart; the Los Angeles Chargers; and Former Ms. Wheelchair California, Actress/Singer Jennifer Kumiyama
Run, Walk or Roll … And Join Us in Taking Strides in the Right Direction to Change the Way We View Disability
Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities – will hold its 17th annual Strides for Disability walk, Saturday, Oct. 21 in Long Beach.
Hosting this year’s event as emcees are actor/comedians Nic Novicki (Boardwalk Empire, Gotham Comedy Live), an Easterseals board member and founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; Johnny Cardinale (Chelsea Lately); and Brian Swinehart (Key & Peele, Conan). Also “in the house” will be the Los Angeles Chargers with plenty of games and giveaways.
Leading the way as well are founder/owner of the Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation, 2010 state crown holder (and first runner-up in the 2011 national competition), Long Beach resident, actress and singer Jennifer Kumiyama (“Carmen” in The Sessions, Forever Beautiful, “Wheelchair Girl” in MTV’s Awkward, Popstars 2), who will sing the national anthem; and Strides Ambassador Qiana Hicks, whose children each had developmental delays and who have blossomed with early education services from ESSC.
The walk, which drew more than 1,300 participants last year, raises money to support ESSC services. Participants will be treated to complimentary snacks, drinks, games, giveaways, live music and more.
WHAT: ESSC’s 17th annual Strides for Disability 5k Run & 3k Family Fun Walk
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21
On-site registration/bib & t-shirt pickup, 7 a.m.; National anthem, 7:40 a.m.; Zumba warm-up, 7:50 am.; 5k Run begins, 8 a.m.; 3k Family Fun Walk begins, 9:30 a.m.; Awards presented, 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: ShoreLine Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way (@ Pierpoint Landing), Long Beach Parking at 99 Aquarium Way (across from Aquarium) for $8 with ESSC parking validation.
REGISTER: Advance registration $35; on-site $40. Children 12 and under free, but must be registered. Dogs are welcome! To sign up, visit: http://www.easterseals.com/southerncal/get-involved/events/strides-for-disability.html
Strides for Disability honors diversity, promotes inclusion and shows what disability means today. This unifying and spirited event brings together a diverse group of people – with and without disabilities – to break down barriers and show what’s possible with the right access, opportunities and support. Together, we celebrate the strides we’re taking to change the way the world defines and views disability while making positive, meaningful differences in people’s lives.
Walk sponsors are … CVS Pharmacy, Century 21, Amway, SpecialCare (Mass Mutual), Mark Bertrand, Fraternal Order of the Police, Medical Specialties Managers, Inc., T-Mobile, US Bank, Autism Learning Partners, Behavioral Health Works, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Armanino LLP, James + Gable Insurance Brokers, Inc., Netsmart, Ultimate Software, Banana Boat, barkTHINS, Dasani, ENM Sales & Services, Faraon, Grocery Outlet, Journeys Martial Arts Academy, KRAVE, Los Angeles Chargers, Lyft, Mike Thompson RV Superstores, Minute Clinic, Nature’s Bakery, Pepsi, South County Photo Club, Tacos & Co., The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation and TruMoo.
About Easterseals Southern California
For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people’s lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, each year ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 87% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.
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